Carlsen vs. Nakamura | Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour Final | Day 5

Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour Final | Day 5

Hikaru Nakamura leads 3:2 and can now win the title and $140,000 tomorrow! If Magnus is going to win he needs to win the remaining two sets:

After one-sided semi-finals, the final has been an amazing slugfest, with the players alternating wins each day!

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Day 5 starts with a Berlin…

We’re down to a queen and pawn ending – Magnus is better, but Leko calls the advantage “symbolic”:

42…Qxc2! seems just to have been winning for Magnus, while after 42…Qe1+ White is surviving – but it’s balanced on a knife edge!

 

Magnus came close to squeezing a draw out of nothing, but Game 1 of Day 5 ends in a draw:

[Event “Carlsen Tour Final 2020”]
[Site “chess24.com INT”]
[Date “2020.08.18”]
[Round “2.51”]
[White “Nakamura, Hikaru”]
[Black “Carlsen, Magnus”]
[Result “1/2-1/2”]
[WhiteTitle “GM”]
[BlackTitle “GM”]
[ECO “C67”]
[Opening “Ruy Lopez”]
[Variation “Berlin defence, open variation”]
[EventDate “2020.08.09”]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. O-O Nxe4 5. Re1 Nd6 6. Nxe5 Be7 7. Bf1
Nf5 8. Nf3 O-O 9. d4 d5 10. Nc3 Bb4 11. a3 Bxc3 12. bxc3 Nd6 13. h3 Bf5 14.
Bf4 Re8 15. Rxe8+ Qxe8 16. Nh4 Be4 17. f3 Bg6 18. Nxg6 hxg6 19. Bd3 Na5 20.
Bxd6 cxd6 21. Qd2 Nc4 22. Bxc4 dxc4 23. Re1 Qa4 24. Qc1 Re8 25. Rxe8+ Qxe8
26. Kf2 Qa4 27. Qb2 b6 28. h4 Kf8 29. Qb4 Qc6 30. g4 Ke7 31. Kg3 Qd5 32.
Qb1 Qe6 33. Qc1 Kd7 34. Kf2 Kc6 35. Qg5 Kb7 36. Qd8 f5 37. Qf8 fxg4 38.
fxg4 Ka6 39. Kf3 d5 40. Kf4 g5+ 41. hxg5 Qe4+ 42. Kg3 Qe1+ 43. Qf2 Qxc3+
44. Kf4 Qxa3 45. Ke5 Qe7+ 46. Kxd5 Kb5 47. Qf5 a5 48. c3 a4 49. Qb1+ Ka5
50. Kc6 Qe6+ 51. Kc7 Qe7+ 52. Kc6 Qe8+ 53. Kc7 Qe7+ 54. Kc6 1/2-1/2



In Game 2 the players blitz out the same opening as the game Magnus won yesterday,

[Event “Carlsen Tour Final 2020”]
[Site “chess24.com INT”]
[Date “2020.08.18”]
[Round “2.52”]
[White “Carlsen, Magnus”]
[Black “Nakamura, Hikaru”]
[Result “1/2-1/2”]
[WhiteTitle “GM”]
[BlackTitle “GM”]
[ECO “C50”]
[Opening “Giuoco Piano”]
[EventDate “2020.08.09”]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. O-O Nf6 5. d3 d6 6. c3 h6 7. Re1 O-O 8.
Nbd2 a5 9. Nf1 Be6 10. Bb5 Ne7 11. d4 exd4 12. cxd4 Bb6 13. Ng3 d5 14. e5
Ne4 15. Bd3 Nxg3 16. hxg3 Bg4 17. Bc2 c5 18. Be3 cxd4 19. Bxd4 Rc8 20. Rc1
Rc4 21. Bxb6 Qxb6 22. b3 Rc7 23. Bb1 Rfc8 24. Rxc7 Qxc7 25. Qd4 Be6 26. Qd3
Bf5 27. Qe3 Qc3 28. Qf4 Bxb1 29. Rxb1 Ng6 30. Qf5 Qc2 31. Nd4 Qxf5 32. Nxf5
Kf8 33. f4 Ne7 34. Nd6 Rc2 35. a4 d4 36. Rd1 Nc6 37. Nb5 Rb2 38. Rd3 Ke7
39. Kh2 Ke6 40. Nxd4+ Nxd4 41. Rxd4 Rxb3 42. Rd6+ Ke7 43. Rd5 b6 44. Rd
1/2-1/2



 

A tense start to the day, with Game 2 another draw in which Hikaru showed that he’d repaired the opening that cost him a loss yesterday!


Carlsen vs. Nakamura | Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour Final | Day 5

The Berlin battles continue in Game 3!

Hikaru had some pressure in Game 3, but it fizzled out into a draw. Magnus now has White in the final rapid game!

[Event “Carlsen Tour Final 2020”]
[Site “chess24.com INT”]
[Date “2020.08.18”]
[Round “2.53”]
[White “Nakamura, Hikaru”]
[Black “Carlsen, Magnus”]
[Result “1/2-1/2”]
[WhiteTitle “GM”]
[BlackTitle “GM”]
[ECO “C67”]
[Opening “Ruy Lopez”]
[Variation “Berlin defence, open variation”]
[EventDate “2020.08.09”]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. O-O Nxe4 5. Re1 Nd6 6. Nxe5 Be7 7. Bf1
Nf5 8. Nf3 O-O 9. d4 d5 10. Nc3 Bb4 11. Bg5 f6 12. Bc1 Nce7 13. a3 Bxc3 14.
bxc3 Nd6 15. Nd2 Bf5 16. c4 c6 17. a4 Re8 18. c5 Nf7 19. Nb3 Qd7 20. Bf4
Ng6 21. Rxe8+ Rxe8 22. Bg3 h5 23. h4 Bg4 24. f3 Bf5 25. a5 a6 26. Qd2 Nh6
27. Re1 Rxe1 28. Bxe1 Be6 29. Bd3 Bf5 30. Bf1 Be6 31. Bd3 Bf5 32. Bf1
1/2-1/2


Magnus plays the London System in a critical game – if either player wins they’ll take the lead in the match and could win $140,000 tomorrow!

To castle long or short? Neither!

Leko: “This move is very Magnus style.”


For the first time we have all four draws in rapid chess, with the set to be decided in blitz or Armageddon!

[Event “Carlsen Tour Final 2020”]
[Site “chess24.com INT”]
[Date “2020.08.18”]
[Round “2.54”]
[White “Carlsen, Magnus”]
[Black “Nakamura, Hikaru”]
[Result “1/2-1/2”]
[WhiteTitle “GM”]
[BlackTitle “GM”]
[ECO “D02”]
[Opening “Queen’s bishop game”]
[EventDate “2020.08.09”]

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 d5 3. Bf4 c5 4. e3 Qb6 5. c4 cxd4 6. Qxd4 Nbd7 7. Nc3 Qxd4
8. exd4 dxc4 9. Bxc4 Nb6 10. Bb3 e6 11. Ke2 Bb4 12. Rac1 O-O 13. Ne5 Rd8
14. Rhd1 Bd7 15. Nxd7 Rxd7 16. a3 Be7 17. Be5 Ng4 18. Bg3 Nf6 19. Na4 Nxa4
20. Bxa4 b5 21. Bxb5 Rb7 22. a4 a6 23. Bc6 Rxb2+ 24. Rd2 Rxd2+ 25. Kxd2 Rd8
26. Kd3 Rc8 27. Rc4 Nh5 28. Be5 f6 29. Bg3 Nxg3 30. hxg3 a5 31. Bd7 Rxc4
32. Bxe6+ Kf8 33. Kxc4 Bb4 34. g4 Ke7 35. Bg8 h6 36. Kd5 Be1 37. f3 Bc3 38.
Ke4 Bb2 39. Bc4 Bc3 40. d5 Bb4 41. Kf5 Bc5 42. Kg6 Kf8 43. f4 Bd6 44. g5
hxg5 45. fxg5 fxg5 46. Kxg5 Bb4 1/2-1/2


No more Berlins – Magnus goes for Alekhine’s Defence!

Magnus Carlsen’s Alekhine surprise pays off to perfection as he wins the first blitz game – Hikaru must now win on demand with Black to force Armageddon!

[Event “Carlsen Tour Final 2020”]
[Site “chess24.com INT”]
[Date “2020.08.18”]
[Round “2.55”]
[White “Nakamura, Hikaru”]
[Black “Carlsen, Magnus”]
[Result “0-1”]
[WhiteTitle “GM”]
[BlackTitle “GM”]
[ECO “B03”]
[Opening “Alekhine’s defence”]
[Variation “four pawns attack”]
[EventDate “2020.08.09”]

1. e4 Nf6 2. e5 Nd5 3. d4 d6 4. c4 Nb6 5. f4 dxe5 6. fxe5 Bf5 7. Nc3 e6 8.
Nf3 Bb4 9. Be2 c5 10. a3 Bxc3+ 11. bxc3 Nc6 12. O-O O-O 13. Be3 Na5 14. Nd2
Bg6 15. Qe1 Na4 16. Nf3 Nb2 17. Bg5 Qd7 18. Qh4 cxd4 19. cxd4 Nbxc4 20. Qg4
Qd5 21. Rae1 Rac8 22. h4 h5 23. Qg3 Nxa3 24. Bf6 Nc2 25. Bd3 Nxe1 26. Rxe1
Qd7 27. d5 Rc3 28. Re3 Rxd3 29. Rxd3 exd5 30. e6 Qxe6 31. Bd4 Nc6 32. Rd2
Qg4 33. Qf2 Be4 34. Ne5 Nxe5 35. Bxe5 Rc8 36. Kh2 f6 37. Bd4 b6 38. Ra2 Rc2
39. Rxc2 Bxc2 40. Bxf6 gxf6 41. Qxc2 Qxh4+ 42. Kg1 Qe1+ 43. Kh2 Qe5+ 44.
Kh1 Kg7 45. Qc6 d4 46. Qb7+ Kh6 47. Qxa7 d3 48. Qd7 Qe1+ 49. Kh2 d2 50. Qd8
Qh4+ 51. Kg1 Qf4 52. Qh8+ Kg5 53. Qg8+ Kh4 54. Qd5 Qe3+ 55. Kh2 Qe5+ 56.
g3+ Qxg3+ 57. Kh1 Qe1+ 58. Kg2 Qe2+ 0-1


Hikaru goes for his old favourite, the King’s Indian, in the must-win 2nd blitz game!

Incredible drama once again. What a thriller! Can we just extend this match to best of 24 matches instead? I am sure the players won’t mind.

[Event “Carlsen Tour Final 2020”]
[Site “chess24.com INT”]
[Date “2020.08.18”]
[Round “2.56”]
[White “Carlsen, Magnus”]
[Black “Nakamura, Hikaru”]
[Result “0-1”]
[WhiteTitle “GM”]
[BlackTitle “GM”]
[ECO “E94”]
[Opening “King’s Indian”]
[Variation “orthodox, 7…Nbd7”]
[EventDate “2020.08.09”]

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 g6 3. c4 Bg7 4. Nc3 O-O 5. e4 d6 6. Be2 Nbd7 7. O-O e5 8.
Be3 Ng4 9. Bg5 f6 10. Bh4 h5 11. h3 Nh6 12. Bg3 Kh7 13. Qc2 c6 14. Rad1 Qe7
15. c5 dxc5 16. d5 Nb6 17. dxc6 bxc6 18. Na4 Nxa4 19. Qxa4 Rb8 20. b3 Rb4
21. Qxc6 Bb7 22. Qd7 Rf7 23. Qxe7 Rxe7 24. Nd2 Bxe4 25. Nxe4 Rxe4 26. Bc4
Rd4 27. f3 Red7 28. Ra1 Nf5 29. Bf2 Bh6 30. Rfe1 Bd2 31. Bxd4 cxd4 32. Red1
Be3+ 33. Kh2 h4 34. b4 Bf4+ 35. Kg1 Ne3 36. Rdc1 d3 37. Bb5 Rd4 38. Rc7+
Kh6 39. Rd7 Rxb4 40. Bxd3 Rb2 41. Bf1 Nf5 42. a4 Be3+ 43. Kh2 Bd4 44. Rc1
Ne3 45. a5 Rf2 46. Kg1 Ra2 47. a6 Nxf1+ 48. Kxf1 Rf2+ 49. Ke1 Rxg2 50. f4
Rg1+ 51. Kd2 Be3+ 52. Kxe3 Rxc1 53. fxe5 Re1+ 54. Kf3 Rxe5 55. Rxa7 Ra5 56.
Ra8 Ra3+ 57. Kg4 Ra4+ 58. Kf3 Kg5 59. a7 Ra1 60. Ke3 Ra3+ 61. Ke4 Ra2 62.
Kf3 Ra6 63. Ke4 Ra3 64. Kd5 Kf4 65. Rh8 Rxa7 66. Rxh4+ Kf5 67. Rh8 Rd7+ 68.
Kc5 g5 69. Rh6 Ke5 70. h4 gxh4 71. Rxh4 Rc7+ 72. Kb6 Rc2 73. Rh1 f5 74.
Re1+ Kf4 75. Rf1+ Ke4 76. Re1+ Kf3 77. Rf1+ Rf2 78. Rd1 f4 79. Kc5 Kg2 80.
Kd4 f3 0-1


A perfect Armageddon by Nakamura to clinch the 5th set and take a 3:2 lead!

“Fantastically play again”, Peter Leko says as Nakamura beats Carlsen and once again takes the lead in sets. Now it’s 3-2 and he needs only one more to win the match and beat the World Champion!

Nakamura says that his defence has been the difference so far in the match: “I’ve had a lot of experience with very bad positions against Magnus!”

Hikaru Nakamura: “I was thrilled that I got to the Armageddon because after the first blitz game I assumed it was over”

[Event “Carlsen Tour Final 2020”]
[Site “chess24.com INT”]
[Date “2020.08.18”]
[Round “2.57”]
[White “Carlsen, Magnus”]
[Black “Nakamura, Hikaru”]
[Result “0-1”]
[WhiteTitle “GM”]
[BlackTitle “GM”]
[ECO “E29”]
[Opening “Nimzo-Indian”]
[Variation “Saemisch, Capablanca variation”]
[EventDate “2020.08.09”]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. a3 Bxc3+ 5. bxc3 c5 6. e3 Nc6 7. Bd3 O-O
8. Ne2 b6 9. e4 Ne8 10. O-O Ba6 11. f4 f5 12. exf5 exf5 13. dxc5 bxc5 14.
Be3 d6 15. Ng3 g6 16. Re1 Nf6 17. Bf2 Qd7 18. Nf1 Na5 19. Bh4 Rae8 20. Rxe8
Qxe8 21. Bxf6 Rxf6 22. Qf3 Re6 23. Rb1 Bxc4 24. Bxc4 Nxc4 25. a4 Kg7 26.
Qb7+ Qf7 27. Qa6 Re7 28. Rb8 Kh6 29. h3 Qe6 30. Ra8 Nd2 31. Rd8 Nxf1 32.
Qxf1 Qe3+ 33. Kh2 Re4 34. Rxd6 Qxf4+ 35. Qxf4+ Rxf4 36. a5 Rc4 37. Ra6 Rxc3
38. Rxa7 Ra3 39. Kg1 c4 40. Kf2 Ra2+ 41. Ke3 Rxg2 42. Kd4 Rh2 43. a6 Rxh3
44. Kxc4 Rh1 45. Rd7 Ra1 46. Kb5 Kg5 47. Rd4 f4 48. Ra4 Rxa4 49. Kxa4 f3
50. a7 f2 51. a8=Q f1=Q 52. Qd5+ Qf5 53. Qd2+ Qf4+ 0-1


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Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour Final 2020 (chess24.com INT)
Sun 9th Aug 2020 – Thu 20th Aug 2020

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