Lindores Abbey Final: Dubov wins in Armageddon!

6/3/2020 – Daniil Dubov defeated Hikaru Nakamura to become the champion of the Lindores Abbey Rapid Challenge. In the third, deciding rubber of the final, Dubov was the first to score a full point, in game two. Nakamura bounced back with an impressive win and, after a draw in game four, Armageddon was all that was left. An opening catastrophe for Nakamura gave Dubov a winning position as early as move 13 — the Russian duly converted his massive advantage and clinched the title. | Photo: Niki Riga / World Chess

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The final: Dubov v Nakamura 

The Lindores Abbey Chess Challenge started on May 18th. Twelve players are taking part. After a three-day preliminary, the best eight players will advance to the deciding knockout section. The time control is 15 minutes for the game, with a 10-second increment per move.

Previous reports

Lindores Abbey Rapid Challenge 2020

Live games - Final


Live stream of chess24

Final standings - Preliminary



The format has changed from the Magnus Carlsen Invitational to put more emphasis on the knockout section. This time the preliminary stage will be held over just 3 days, with the players playing each other once in 11 rounds of 15-minute + 10-second increment rapid chess. The bottom 4 will be eliminated, while the remaining 8 players go forward to the quarter-finals.

The quarter-finals, semi-finals and final will all be best of 3 mini-matches (the first player to win 2 mini-matches wins), where each mini-match consists of four 15+10 rapid games. If a mini-match ends 2:2 a single Armageddon game will be played: White has 5 minutes to Black’s 4 but Black wins if the game ends in a draw.

Schedule (all sessions starting at 16:00 CEST (10:00 EDT))

Day Date Stage Event
Tuesday May 19 Prelims Rounds 1-4
Wednesday May 20 Prelims Rounds 5-8
Thursday May 21 Prelims Rounds 9-11
Friday May 22   FREE DAY
Saturday May 23 Quarter-finals Pairs 1-2: 1st mini-match
Sunday May 24 Quarter-finals Pairs 3-4: 1st mini-match
Monday May 25 Quarter-finals Pairs 1-2: 2nd mini-match
Tuesday May 26 Quarter-finals Pairs 3-4: 2nd mini-match
Wednesday May 27 Quarter-finals All pairs: 3rd mini-match (if required)
Thursday May 28 Semi-finals 1st mini-match
Friday May 29 Semi-finals 2nd mini-match
Saturday May 30 Semi-finals 3rd mini-match (if required)
Sunday May 31   FREE DAY
Monday June 1 Final 1st mini-match
Tuesday June 2 Final 2nd mini-match
Wednesday June 3 Final 3rd mini-match (if required)

The Players

No Name Elo
1 Carlsen Magnus 2881
3 Ding Liren 2836
4 Nakamura Hikaru 2829
12 Grischuk Alexander 2784
2 Aronian Levon 2778
7 Duda Jan-Krzysztof 2774
10 Dubov Daniil 2770
6 Wei Yi 2752
8 So Wesley 2741
5 Yu Yangyi 2738
9 Karjakin Sergey 2709
11 Firouzja Alireza 2703



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