Magnus Carlsen finished first in the final stage of the Champions Chess Tour online, when he defeated Vladislav Artemiev 2-0 in the final of Aimchess US on the morning of September 6.

Carlsen finished second in the Aimchess US qualifier, behind Artemiev himself. These two players, respectively, passed the quarterfinals and semi-finals to meet in the final. There, the Norwegian chess king showed great performance to defeat Artemiev on both days of the competition, with a score of 2.5-1.5 and 2.5-0.5 respectively. If it weren’t for the mouse slide, Carlsen would have won by 2.5-0.5 on the first day.

Carlsen won the Champions Chess Tour 2021 for the third time. Photo: Chess24

Carlsen won a stage of the Champions Chess Tour 2021 for the third time. Photo: Chess24

“I feel great with this win,” Carlsen said. “It’s been a long time since I’ve won a tournament this way, so I’m happy. There were times when I made a few mistakes, but basically I played at my best.”

Artemiev is highly appreciated in the endgame, when he can create the slightest advantage to exploit and win from a balanced position. But that is also Carlsen’s greatest strength. In the opening, Artemiev was not qualified to compare with the Chess King. The Russian player said: “I feel that my opening level cannot match the top players”.

Winning gives Carlsen a $30,000 prize, and Artemiev a $15,000. The Russian player also earned enough points to enter the top 8 of the Champions Tour and qualify for the Tour Finals.

And Le Quang Liem finished the Tour in 11th place through four stages, not enough to attend the Tour Finals.

After this tournament, Carlsen will play the Norwegian Standard Super Championship from September 7 to September 17, along with five other players including Ian Nepomniachtchi, Richard Rapport, Alireza Firouzja, Sergey Karjakin and Aryan Tari.

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