That was a headline we thought we’d only get to write with heavy irony, but after six instantly forgettable draws So-Karjakin exploded into life in 5-minute blitz with a heady mix of blunders and brilliant comebacks that really should have gone to Armageddon. The other tiebreaks ended in rapid chess, with Jan-Krzysztof Duda’s ambition backfiring against Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, while Alexander Grischuk found the perfect time to play a novelty against Yu Yangyi. It’s Mamedyarov-So and MVL-Grischuk in the semifinals.
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