Legends of Chess Final: Carlsen wins

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8/4/2020 – The fourth tournament of the Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour is taking place from July 21 through August 4. Six illustrious players from the previous generation are in the mix — Vladimir Kramnik, Viswanathan Anand, Vassily Ivanchuk, Boris Gelfand, Peter Leko and Peter Svidler — and are joined by Magnus Carlsen, Ding Liren, Anish Giri and Ian Nepomniachtchi. Action kicks off at 16:00 CEST (14:00 UTC, 10:00 ET). Read the report on the first set of the final! | Photo: Lennart Ootes

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Carlsen 2:0 Nepomniachtchi

Replay the games with computer-assisted annotations. Full report to follow shortly.

The “chess24 Legends of Chess” online tournament kicks off with a preliminary round, a single round-robin of rapid chess played over nine days. Each matchup consists of four games with a time control of 15 minutes plus increments of 10 seconds. If the final score is 2:2, the winner is decided in Armageddon (White has an extra minute but is obliged to win).  A victory, without Armageddon, grants three points, while winning in Armageddon grants two points to the winner and one point to the loser.

The top four scorers move on to the semifinals.

Previous reports: R1 | R2 | R3 | R4 | R5 | R6 | R7 | R8 | R9 | SF1 | SF2 | Final 1

Legends of Chess 2020

Live games and commentary


Commentary by A. Grischuk, R. Kasimdzhanov, J. Gustafsson and T. Sachdev


  • Preliminary rounds: 10-player single round robin
    • Four-game matches of rapid chess (15'+10")
    • In case of a tie, Armageddon (White gets 5 minutes, Black gets 4 minutes and draw odds)
    • A win without Armageddon gives 3 points
    • In case of reaching Armageddon, winner gets 2 points and loser gets 1 point
  • Final 4: Knockout format with four top scorers from the prelims
    • Played to the best of 3 sets
    • Each set: Four-game matches of rapid chess (15'+10")
    • In case of a tie, 2 blitz games follow (5'+3") and then Armageddon


The action starts at 16:00 CEST both in the prelims and the knockout.

Date Round
July 21 Prelims Round 1
July 22 Prelims Round 2
July 23 Prelims Round 3
July 24 Prelims Round 4
July 25 Prelims Round 5
July 26 Prelims Round 6
July 27 Prelims Round 7
July 28 Prelims Round 8
July 29 Prelims Round 9
July 30 Rest day
July 31 Semifinals Set 1
August 1 Semifinals Set 2
August 2 Semifinals Set 3
August 3 Final Set 1
August 4 Final Set 2
August 5 Final Set 3


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Keith Homeyard Keith Homeyard 8/4/2020 04:28
Thank you Peter B
Natodpogi Natodpogi 8/4/2020 04:18
Carlsen seem to be in a different level!
Peter B Peter B 8/4/2020 02:04
@Keith in the finals, it is best of 4 rapid, then best of 2 blitz if required, then Armageddon if required. This is different from the preliminaries, which skipped straight from rapid to Armageddon. The first paragraph of the article is out of date.
Malcom Malcom 8/4/2020 12:38

Because there is 4 rapid, then if tied 2 blitz, and finally an Armaggedon.
Keith Homeyard Keith Homeyard 8/4/2020 12:27
I understand 4 games and then if needed Armageddon but why are there 6 games showing?
tejaskatte tejaskatte 8/3/2020 07:09
Carlsen should fight stockfish and defeat it
Peter B Peter B 7/29/2020 07:32
Final round is Giri [15] / Svidler [14], Kramnik [12] / Carlsen and Ivanchuk [11] / Anand. So both Kramnik and Ivanchuk still have some hope of making the top 4, depending how tie breaks are done.
ScorpionBlack ScorpionBlack 7/29/2020 03:00
Yeah hurwitz there is something and its called life.
Davidx1 Davidx1 7/27/2020 04:43
Ivanchuk is a real chess player ...
... Instead ,chess is becoming a game for engines and a hobby for cheaters.
Isn't it ?
"Ludus latrunculorum"
is who to blame?
sshivaji sshivaji 7/26/2020 08:13
There is a huge disadvantage that Ding and to a lesser extent Anand are having. The games are starting at 10pm local time for Ding and 7:30pm for Anand. For the rest of the participants, it is around 4pm local time start time.

If you play rapid and blitz at night, there is no way you will play as good as midday. This can help shed some light on the two players with the lowest scores.
lajosarpad lajosarpad 7/26/2020 12:24
@Frits Fritschy I agree. I have also commented at one point that it would be great to have a profile setting for setting on/off computer analysis and commenting. I would not like to see computer variations in games even if it worked well, because it takes the joy of figuring out what happened in a game from me. Game annotations by GMs are another beast. I like them. But honestly, I can turn on my engine whenever I want.

@Karavamudan I agree. Rapid and Blitz tournaments are not enjoyable for me. I like to see well played games and to figure out what was behind the moves. Rapid and Blitz games are such of bad quality that I rather play a game with a friend, it my end up to be a better game objectively. These online blitz and rapid games are discouraging me from watching "top" games.
karavamudan karavamudan 7/25/2020 07:09
Games are all BS In time trouble strange moves are played and players lose when logical outcome should be draw, call this chess ? NO it is time pass
maac2002 maac2002 7/25/2020 06:20
@Mike Magnan some deep sarcasm/suspicion?
Mike Magnan Mike Magnan 7/25/2020 03:34
Accuracy 100 percent! Ding scores 100 Percent on engine....That's a first for me....why are you not checking that out CB? Ding..gets 100 percent Super Engine approved played game..after this dismal start.. what a way to come back!~
Mike Magnan Mike Magnan 7/25/2020 03:11
Sad for Gelfand today.
Leavenfish Leavenfish 7/24/2020 09:15
Ding...is probably saving his powder for the candidates.
Frits Fritschy Frits Fritschy 7/22/2020 11:10
I've commented earlier on this, mostly empasizing the funny side. But, why don't you just stop this automated game comment feature. It simply isn't working yet. I can't imagine it does any good for the image of a chess software development company.
Just look at Giri-Kramnik. After 30... Nxe4 black is supposed to have a winning advantage. ('Hoping for Nc3', well that's an illuminating comment! Hope Anish wasn't following this during the game.) However, after 32 Be1 we are supposed to believe the position is equal. After 32 Nh2! white has a large disadvantage, but at least it isn't immediately losing anymore. Uhh?
After 42 Qh5+ white is supposed to have a winning position. However, without any comment the game ends in a draw. Yes, the online engine says 50 Rc7 still would have been winning. Is the 'online commenter' using a different engine? I could give scores of other examples.
It's not that I didn't understand at all what was going on in the game. It's just highly irritating that some babbling idiot is confusing things. At best, it is superfluous. Variations given probably aren't too bad, but the verdicts at the end of them aren't explained and (as proven) totally unreliable. What can anyone learn from it?
Peter B Peter B 7/22/2020 02:56
So who thought Gelfand would defeat Ding. I certainly didn't!
hurwitz hurwitz 7/21/2020 11:44
Does anyone know what is the recent developments in the relationship between Magnus Carlsen and Anish Giri?

I noticed that in the live interview after the game, Tania brought up this and Magnus confirmed there is something ...