World’s Top 6 play the Chessable Masters

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 chessable.com, 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:

Player FED Age Classical World # Rapid World # Blitz World #
Magnus Carlsen 29 2863 1 2881 1 2887 2
Fabiano Caruana 27 2835 2 2773 11 2711 35
Ding Liren 27 2791 3 2836 3 2788 8
Ian Nepomniachtchi 29 2784 4 2778 9 2785 10
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 29 2778 5 2860 2 2822 3
Alexander Grischuk 36 2777 6 2774 7 2799 14
Teimour Radjabov 33 2765 9 2758 15 2757 18
Anish Giri 25 2764 10 2731 24 2752 22
Hikaru Nakamura 32 2736 18 2829 4 2900 1
Pentala Harikrishna 34 2719 26 2690 51 2663 65
Vladislav Artemiev 22 2716 29 2769 13 2783 12
Daniil Dubov 24 2699 38 2770 12 2720 32

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):

Day Date Stage Event
Saturday June 20 Prelims Group A: Rounds 1-5
Sunday June 21 Prelims Group B: Rounds 1-5
Monday June 22 Prelims Group A: Rounds 6-10
Tuesday June 23 Prelims Group B: Rounds 6-10
Wednesday June 24 REST DAY
Thursday June 25 Quarterfinals Pairs 1-2: 1st set
Friday June 26 Quarterfinals Pairs 3-4: 1st set
Saturday June 27 Quarterfinals Pairs 1-2: 2nd set
Sunday June 28 Quarterfinals Pairs 3-4: 2nd set
Monday June 29 Quarterfinals All pairs: 3rd set (if required)
Tuesday June 30 Semi-finals 1st set
Wednesday July 1 Semi-finals 2nd set
Thursday July 2 Semi-finals 3rd set (if required)
Friday July 3 Final 1st set
Saturday July 4 Final 2nd set
Sunday July 5 Final 3rd 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.