Aimchess US Rapid: Carlsen and Artemiev reach the final

by Klaus Besenthal
9/4/2021 – Magnus Carlsen and Vladislav Artemiev emerged victorious from their semifinal duels at the Aimchess US Rapid on Friday. While the world champion beat Levon Aronian in the second set, Artemiev only went through after beating Alireza Firouzja in Armageddon. | Photo: Alina l’Ami

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Carlsen wins convincingly

In the first set of the match between Magnus Carlsen and Levon Aronian on Thursday all four games ended in a draw. On Friday, they fought tenaciously. Carlsen won games 1 and 4.

Endgame expert Karsten Müller was most interested in game 3, however. In the rook ending a pawn down, Aronian proved to be a great defender.

 

 

Artemiev and Firouzja go to tiebreaks

In the Armageddon decider of the other semifinal, Alireza Firouzja had the black pieces and a single oversight cost him the game. A draw would have been enough for him, though according to the rules he entered this game with 4 against 5 minutes on his clock, a crucial factor in these encounters — especially when there is no increment.

 
 

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Klaus Besenthal is computer scientist, has followed and still follows the chess scene avidly since 1972 and since then has also regularly played in tournaments.

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