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General Jun 12, 2020 | 11:02 AMby chess24 staff

World’s Top 6 play the Chessable Masters

World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen heads the field for the Chessable Masters, the 3rd event in the $1 million Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour. The 12-player $150,000 tournament features the world’s top six players, eight of the Top 10, six of the Candidates (plus Teimour Radjabov), the Lindores Abbey Rapid Challenge finalists Hikaru Nakamura and Daniil Dubov, and Tour debutants Harikrishna and Vladislav Artemiev. It starts Saturday June 20th, with a preliminary stage eliminating four players before the knockout begins.

The tournament is sponsored by, the world’s leading online chess training platform, and was introduced as follows by Magnus Carlsen:

I am proud to announce the next stage in the Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour, which I hope will bring something new for spectators and fans. The Chessable Masters will be an elite super-tournament but one in which you can get more involved, have fun and improve your chess. As for me, I will be back determined to improve from the last event. My ambition is to win the Chessable Masters.

The Chessable Masters has a stunning line-up:

PlayerFEDAgeClassicalWorld #RapidWorld #BlitzWorld #
Magnus Carlsen29286312881128872
Fabiano Caruana2728352277311271135
Ding Liren27279132836327888
Ian Nepomniachtchi292784427789278510
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave29277852860228223
Alexander Grischuk362777627747279914
Teimour Radjabov3327659275815275718
Anish Giri25276410273124275222
Hikaru Nakamura322736182829429001
Pentala Harikrishna34271926269051266365
Vladislav Artemiev22271629276913278312
Daniil Dubov24269938277012272032

And once again there’s $150,000 at stake, with $45,000 for first prize.

The winner will also join Magnus Carlsen, Daniil Dubov and the winner of the 4th event, the Legends of Chess, in the $300,000 Grand Final this August.

The format is the same as for the Lindores Abbey Rapid Challenge i.e. 15 minutes + 10 seconds/move rapid chess, with a preliminary stage followed by an 8-player knockout where each match is the best of three sets - except for two changes:

  • Instead of a 12-player round-robin for the preliminary stage the players will be split into two groups of six, who play each other twice over 10 rounds and two days. The top 4 in each group qualify for the knockout
  • The knockout is the same except that if a set finishes 2:2 then before an Armageddon game two 5+3 blitz games will be played first

You can download the full regulations here.

The schedule is as follows, with all sessions starting at 16:00 CEST (10:00 EDT):

SaturdayJune 20PrelimsGroup A: Rounds 1-5
SundayJune 21PrelimsGroup B: Rounds 1-5
MondayJune 22PrelimsGroup A: Rounds 6-10
TuesdayJune 23PrelimsGroup B: Rounds 6-10
WednesdayJune 24REST DAY
ThursdayJune 25QuarterfinalsPairs 1-2: 1st set
FridayJune 26QuarterfinalsPairs 3-4: 1st set
SaturdayJune 27QuarterfinalsPairs 1-2: 2nd set
SundayJune 28QuarterfinalsPairs 3-4: 2nd set
MondayJune 29QuarterfinalsAll pairs: 3rd set (if required)
TuesdayJune 30Semi-finals1st set
WednesdayJuly 1Semi-finals2nd set
ThursdayJuly 2Semi-finals3rd set (if required)
FridayJuly 3Final1st set
SaturdayJuly 4Final2nd set
SundayJuly 5Final3rd set (if required)

Once again we’ll have live commentary in multiple languages right here on chess24! The action kicks off in just over one week's time, while today we have the Mr Dodgy Invitational from 16:00 CEST followed by Clutch Chess International at 20:00 CEST.

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