Magnus Carlsen Tour Finals: Carlsen wins in Armageddon

by ChessBase
8/20/2020 – The Finals of the Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour are taking place on August 9-20, with a prize fund of US$300,000 at stake and US$140,000 reserved for the winner. Magnus Carlsen levelled the score for a third time in the sixth set. The match will be decided in Thursday’s seventh and final set (see the full report on set 6!). Action kicks off at 16:00 CEST (14:00 UTC, 10:00 ET). | Photos: David Llada / Niki Riga

ChessBase 17 - Mega package - Edition 2024 ChessBase 17 - Mega package - Edition 2024

It is the program of choice for anyone who loves the game and wants to know more about it. Start your personal success story with ChessBase and enjoy the game even more.


Carlsen vs Nakamura - Set 7

A best-of-5 format is in place at the semifinals, so winning three sets (or mini-matches) is enough to move on to the final. The format for each set consists of:

  • 4 rapid games with a time control of 15 minutes for the whole game and 10-second increments from the first move.
  • In case of a tie: 2 blitz tiebreakers with a time control of 5 minutes for the whole game and 3-second increments from the first move.
  • In case of a tie: Armageddon - White gets 5 minutes, Black gets 4 minutes, but a draw gives Black overall victory.

The winners move on to the final, which will be played to the best of 7 sets.

There will be no scheduled rest days. The semis will be played on August 9-13 and the final will take place on August 14-20.

Previous reports:

Magnus Carlsen Tour Finals 2020

Live games and commentary


Commentary by GM Peter Leko, GM Yasser Seirawan and IM Tania Sachdev

Benefiting Kiva

Kiva is an international non-profit, founded in 2005 in San Francisco, with a mission to expand financial access to help underserved communities thrive.

According to their official site:

We do this by crowdfunding loans and unlocking capital for the underserved, improving the quality and cost of financial services, and addressing the underlying barriers to financial access around the world. Through Kiva's work, students can pay for tuition, women can start businesses, farmers are able to invest in equipment and families can afford needed emergency care.

Henrique Saboia, VP of Growth at Kiva, commented:

Chess is one of those universal sports that our lenders and borrowers across the world enjoy. We’re eagerly anticipating the Tour Grand Final ourselves, and even more excited to see how chess fans the world over will support small businesses to overcome the impact of COVID-19. Good luck to all the competitors!


Reports about chess: tournaments, championships, portraits, interviews, World Championships, product launches and more.


Rules for reader comments


Not registered yet? Register