Magnus Carlsen talks to Kaja Snare, GM David Howell, and IM Jovanka Houska about the semifinal results on the 7th day of the New in Chess Classic, the 5th event on the $1.5 million Meltwater Champions Chess Tour!
After two wins in a row against Levon Aronian, Magnus Carlsen now proceeds to the finals. Carlsen says: “I’m in the final, I’m very happy about that, and I don’t take it for granted after what’s happened in the Tour!”
Hikaru Nakamura had to come back from losing the rapid mini-match 3:0 to win in Armageddon.
The New in Chess Classic tournament is held from April 24th to May 2nd, 2021. The players taking part in this tournament are: current World Champion Magnus Carlsen, Wesley So, Levon Aronian, Sergey Karjakin, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Alireza Firouzja, Hikaru Nakamura, Teimour Radjabov, Vidit Gujrathi, Lenier Dominguez, Le Quang Liem, Jan Kryzsztof Duda, Aryan Tari, Gawain Jones, Johan Sebastien Christiansen and R. Praggnanandhaa.
The 3-day preliminary stage sees the 16 players play each other once before the bottom 8 are eliminated while the top 8 advance to a knockout consisting of 2-day, four game rapid matches. In the event of a tie on the second day, the match advances to to blitz (5|3) and armageddon (White has five minutes, Black four with no increment) tiebreaks.