Magnus Carlsen Invitational | Prelims
Giri, Anish vs. Karjakin, Sergey
World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen tops the field for the Magnus Carlsen Invitational, the 4th event on the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour and the 2nd Major. The 3-day preliminary stage sees the 16 players play each other once before the bottom 8 are eliminated while the top 8 advance to a knockout consisting of 2-day matches. The prize fund is $220,000, with $60,000 for top place, while the winner also qualifies to the Tour final in September.
The time control is 15 minutes for all moves, with a 10-second increment per move from move 1. The knockout match-ups consist of 4-game matches on the first two days. If the match score is 1:1, two 5+3 games are then played followed, if needed, by Armageddon, where White has 5 minutes to Black's 4 but a draw counts as a win for Black. Official website: championschesstour.com