General Apr 22, 2020 | 10:45 AMby chess24 staff

MCI Day 5 Preview: Carlsen vs. Caruana

Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana today play their first match since their 2018 World Championship clash as Fabi gets another chance to show he can compete at rapid chess after losing the playoff 3:0 in London. The other match-up is barely less interesting, with 16-year-old Alireza Firouzja, who finished second in the 2019 World Rapid Championship, facing Hikaru Nakamura, who finished third. Before that, however, there’s a Banter Blitz session with none other than Anish Giri.

Round 3 begins today...

Dutch no. 1 Anish Giri has been struggling so far in the Magnus Carlsen Invitational, so perhaps this is your best chance yet to beat a world Top 10 chess player!? 

He’ll be taking challenges from chess24 Premium members from 13:30 CEST!

If you’re not yet a Premium member now’s a great time to sign up since the voucher code STAYATHOME gives you 40% off. Anyone is of course welcome to watch.

That’s a warm-up for a huge day at the Magnus Carlsen Invitational, and we’re starting the English show 45 minutes early with Lawrence Trent and Tania Sachdev reuniting to preview the day’s action from 15:15 CEST:

Jan Gustafsson, Peter Svidler and Alexander Grischuk will then also join for the big matches, and they don’t get much bigger than this:

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Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana are not just the world nos 1 and 2 but the leaders in the tournament, but can one of them win in rapid chess to guarantee the sole lead after three rounds? Magnus is of course the favourite, but it’s worth noting that in the St. Louis Rapid and Blitz last year, one of the worst events we’ve seen from Magnus in years, Fabi managed to score 3.5 out of a possible 4 points against Magnus.

Magnus and Fabiano are neck and neck on 5 points, after winning both their matches, though each needed Armageddon (earning 2 points, not 3) in one of them

Hikaru Nakamura and Alireza Firouzja have barely played yet over-the-board, but their one game was significant. Firouzja inflicted the only defeat on Nakamura in 21 rounds in the 2019 World Blitz Championship, meaning that Hikaru only tied with Magnus for 1st and eventually lost the playoff for the gold medal. It’s fair to say they’re both huge rapid and blitz specialists, making it a thrilling clash of the generations.

Firouzja and Nakamura shared the World Rapid Championship podium with Magnus

Tune into all the action live here on chess24 from 15:15 CEST.

Also an early warning that the action doesn’t stop after the round, since we have Banter Blitz with English Grandmaster Gawain Jones:

That’s then followed by another Magnus Carlsen Invitational after-show hosted by 2-time Canadian Champion Pascal Charbonneau at 21:00 CEST.

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