GCT Finals 3: MVL beats Carlsen, plays Ding in final
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GCT Finals 3: MVL beats Carlsen, plays Ding in final

Magnus Carlsen called Maxime Vachier-Lagrave “a great player” and “a deserved winner” as the French no. 1 won an epic playoff battle to reach the Grand Chess Tour final. His rival for the $150,000 first prize will be Ding Liren, who blew Levon Aronian away by winning both the rapid games and then clinching victory with a draw in the first blitz game. There were two more blitz wins for Ding before Levon finally claimed a consolation win at the end. He’ll now play Magnus Carlsen in what he called “the losers’ match” for 3rd place.




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