Wesley So eliminated Hikaru Nakamura on the morning of November 29, to rematch Magnus Carlsen in the final of the Skilling Open online super fast chess tournament.
After defeating Nakamura 2.5-1.5 in the semifinals of the first leg, So drew 2-2 in the second leg. The result was just enough for the Filipino American player to reach the final. In the remaining semifinals, Carlsen also beat Ian Nepomniachtchi 2.5-1.5 in the first leg, then drew 2-2 in the second leg.
Although he was drawing Nepomniachtchi in the second leg, Carlsen experienced difficult moments. He loses his first quick game of chess while holding black, despite having a chance of converting defeat into victory.
For the second time in a row So So met Carlsen in the final of an online super tournament, after the Banter Series on September 30. At that time, there was a game that Carlsen used to make a joke, causing So to declare that he would quit the flag if he lost. In the end So still lost.
So had beaten Carlsen in the final of the 960 World Chess Championship in 2019. Before the Skilling Open final, So said: “If I met Carlsen at chess I would win with confidence. And Carlsen said:” I see the opposite. So’s head is very annoyed, because he makes less tactical or strategic mistakes. So is very good and I will have to do my best. “
In the quarterfinals, Carlsen defeated Anish Giri with the score 4.5-3.5. Meanwhile, Teimour Radjabov was tied in two quarter-finals, and won in the tie-break series.
The final match took place in the morning of November 30 and the morning of December 1, Hanoi time. As with the previous knockout rounds, Carlsen and So Dueled four quick games per turn. If they tie after two innings, they will play a tie-break.
The Skilling Open Super tournament takes place from November 23 to December 1, the match day starts at 0 o’clock, Hanoi time. The tournament brings together 16 chess players, of which 15 are in the top 30 in the world. They play fast chess online on Chess24, each player has 15 minutes, adding 10 seconds after each move. Vietnam’s number one chess player – Le Quang Liem – was invited to this tournament. He held a draw with Carlsen in the group stage, but could not reach the quarterfinals due to poor sub-stats. Quang Liem ranked 10th out of 16 chess players.
Skilling Open is the first prize in the Champions Chess Tour system – with a total prize of 1.5 million USD. Champion Skilling Open received $ 30,000.
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