Oct 06, 2021

Meltwater Champions Chess Tour Finals Day 2

Magnus Carlsen has extended his lead over Wesley So to six points after winning a crazy match against Shakhriyar Mamedyarov in which White won all seven games. Wesley blamed poor time management as he lost to MVL in three games, while Jan-Krzysztof Duda and Levon Aronian won the first rapid game, lost the second and won the last to defeat Anish Giri and Vladislav Artemiev. Nakamura-Radjabov saw four draws featuring no chess content before Hikaru won in blitz after Teimour blundered in a drawn pawn endgame.

Another dramatic round in the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour saw Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Levon Aronian and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave score three match points (their opponents got zero) for winning in rapid chess, while Carlsen-Mamedyarov and Nakamura-Radjabov were split 2:1 after going to blitz playoffs.

There are still seven rounds to go, with 21 points up for grabs for each player. In Round 3 MVL will be trying to make it three wins in three against Magnus, while Wesley faces the tough challenge of Vladislav Artemiev.

See also:

  • Meltwater Champions Chess Tour website
  • All the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour Finals games with computer analysis on chess24
  • $300k Meltwater Champions Chess Tour Finals set for lift-off!
  • Meltwater Champions Chess Tour Finals: A look at the players
  • Carlsen, Duda & Giri in Oslo as Tour Finals begin!
  • MCCT Finals 1: Carlsen and So score max points
Sep 27, 2021

Meltwater Champions Chess Tour Finals begun

It’s Carlsen-Duda, So-Mamedyarov, Aronian-MVL, Radjabov-Artemiev and Giri-Nakamura today as the $300,000 Meltwater Champions Chess Tour Finals begin. The event is being played online on the chess24 Playzone, but there’s a hybrid element, since Magnus Carlsen, Jan-Krzysztof Duda and Anish Giri are all in one venue in Oslo. Peter Leko returns to commentate, and will be joined by Lawrence Trent, with Danny King and Simon Williams to follow for later rounds. Don’t miss all the action here on chess24 from 11:00 ET/17:00 CEST/20:30 IST!

After 9 events over the space of 11 months the $1.6 million Meltwater Champions Chess Tour is about to reach its conclusion, with 10 players battling it out for the overall title. You can check out all the pairings below.

It’s a round-robin, so the 10 players face each of their rivals once over the course of 9 rounds, with each match starting with 4 rapid games where the players have 15 minutes for all their moves plus a 10-second increment from move 1. If the match ends in rapid chess the winner gets 3 points and the losing player 0.

Only if the match is tied 2:2 do we get a blitz playoff, with two 5+3 games. If still tied there’s a single Armageddon game, where White has 5 minutes to Black’s 4, but a draw counts as a win for Black. There are 2 points for the winner of a playoff and 1 for the losing player.

The action is online, but with three players, Magnus Carlsen, Anish Giri and Jan-Krzysztof Duda competing from Oslo. Two of them meet in Round 1 as it’s Carlsen-Duda.

oin us for 10 days of intense top-level chess action!

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