Carlsen-Aronian and So-Le in the semi-finals
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Carlsen-Aronian and So-Le in the semi-finals

Magnus Carlsen declared himself “very unhappy” to lose a game to Anish Giri, but his 5.5:1.5 victory set up a chess24 Banter Series semi-final against Levon Aronian, who won the last three games to clinch a thriller against Alexander Grischuk. Wesley So went one better and won the last four games in a row to shock Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, though the overall shock of the tournament so far has been his semi-final opponent Liem Quang Le. The one qualifier to reach the quarterfinals went on to conquer world no. 2 Fabiano Caruana 5.5:3.5.




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  • Reports Sep 19, 2020 | 11:41 AM 1

    STL Rapid & Blitz 4: Carlsen regains lead with “somewhat chesslike fun and nonsense”

    Magnus Carlsen scored 6.5/9 on the first day of blitz as he overtook Wesley So to regain the sole lead in the St. Louis Rapid and Blitz. The World Champion was richly rewarded for going all-out at almost every moment of every gam...

  • Reports Sep 18, 2020 | 8:20 AM 1

    STL Rapid & Blitz 3: So leads as Grischuk downs Carlsen

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  • Reports Sep 17, 2020 | 12:09 PM 3

    STL Rapid & Blitz 2: Carlsen’s perfect day

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  • Reports Sep 16, 2020 | 10:23 AM 3

    STL Rapid & Blitz 1: Aronian & Harikrishna lead as Magnus disconnects

    Levon Aronian and Harikrishna lead on 5/6 after Day 1 of the St. Louis Rapid & Blitz, while Magnus Carlsen’s chances were hit by a disconnection and loss on time to Ian Nepomniachtchi. That spoilt what had started as a perfect day...

  • Reports Sep 13, 2020 | 1:17 PM 0

    Chess 9LX 2: Levon leads | Garry’s pre-move fail

    Levon Aronian scored a perfect 3/3 to take the sole lead on Day 2 of Champions Showdown: Chess 9LX. Wesley So revived memories of his Chess960 World Championship victory over Magnus Carlsen as he won their Round 5 clash in crushi...

  • Reports Sep 12, 2020 | 10:36 AM 0

    Chess 9LX 1: Kasparov beats Firouzja & escapes vs. Carlsen

    Garry Kasparov found brilliant counterplay to beat Alireza Firouzja, 40 years his junior, and get his Champions Showdown: Chess 9LX campaign off to the best possible start. Garry was then in trouble against Magnus Carlsen in Roun...

  • Reports Sep 9, 2020 | 7:38 AM 0

    Mamedov-Tari in the C Qualifier final

    Rauf Mamedov will take on Aryan Tari this Thursday to decide who joins Sam Shankland and Liem Quang Le in qualifying for the 16-player final stage of the chess24 Banter Series, an event that will feature the likes of Magnus Carlse...

  • Reports Sep 5, 2020 | 4:24 PM 0

    Banter Series Day 3: “The greatest game I've played in my life!”

    On the third day of the chess24 Banter Series we saw blunders and brilliancies, spectacular maneuvers and come-backs, a novelty on move 6 and finally the highlight of the day in the very last game. Let’s take a look back.

  • Reports Sep 3, 2020 | 9:30 PM 5

    Banter Series | Qualifier A: Sarin vs Shankland

    In two long matches in the chess24 Banter Series Nihal Sarin and Sam Shankland earned the chance to advance into the finals. We saw beautiful tactics, missed chances and finally two deserved victories. Let’s look back at the action ...

  • Reports Sep 2, 2020 | 12:00 PM 0

    Banter Series Day 1: The first four winners

    The first day of the chess24 Banter Series featured everything we were hoping for: exciting as well as one-sided matches, instructive endgames and adventurous combinations, overly optimistic and very funny live commentary and, above...

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