Magnus Carlsen Invitational: Carlsen vs Nakamura Live!

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5/3/2020 – The final match of the Magnus Carlsen Invitational features the world champion facing quick-play specialist Hikaru Nakamura. They first play a four-game rapid match with a time control of 15 minutes + 10 seconds. In case of a tie, two blitz games with a time control of 5'+3" will follow. If these do not break the tie, an Armageddon game will be played. The action kicks off at 14:00 UTC (16:00 CEST, 10:00 EST). | Photo: Lennart Ootes

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Final match: Carlsen vs Nakamura

The Magnus Carlsen Invitational involves two stages. First a round-robin and then a knockout among the top four players in the standings.

  • During the round-robin, each match-up will include four rapid games (15 minutes plus 10-second increments), and in case of a tie an Armageddon game (5 v 4 minutes) will be the decider. If a players gets the victory without needing the sudden-death tiebreaker, he will get 3 points, while a win in the playoff will give the winner 2 points and the loser 1 point.
  • In the semi-finals and the final, the same four-game rapid format will be employed, except that in case of a tie the contenders will play two sets of blitz games (5 minutes plus 3-second increments) before going to Armageddon. The tie can be broken in the first set of blitz encounters.

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Magnus Carlsen Invitational 2020


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Line-up and schedule

The most talked-about rising star in the world at the moment, 16-year-old Alireza Firouzja, will be among the eight participants. The wunderkind showed what he is capable of at this year's Tata Steel Masters, getting the sole lead for a couple of rounds. Furthermore, he is known for his abilities in faster time controls, as proven during last year's World Rapid & Blitz Championships, and more recently during a 16-game match with a 3-minute-to-finish time control in which he beat the world champion

Firouzja will nonetheless be the eighth seed, as he will be joined by the five highest-rated players in the world, perennial elite star Anish Giri and blitz specialist Hikaru Nakamura. The full line-up:

Player Classical World # Rapid World # Blitz World #
Magnus Carlsen 2863 1 2881 1 2887 2
Fabiano Caruana 2835 2 2773 11 2711 35
Ding Liren 2791 3 2836 3 2788 8
Ian Nepomniachtchi 2784 4 2778 9 2785 9
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave 2778 5 2860 2 2822 3
Anish Giri 2764 10 2731 24 2752 22
Hikaru Nakamura 2736 18 2829 4 2900 1
Alireza Firouzja 2728 21 2703 37 2750 24

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