Magnus Carlsen wins the "Meltwater Champions Chess Tour"

by Klaus Besenthal
10/3/2021 – After the 7th round of the final tournament of the "Meltwater Champions Chess Tour" played on Saturday, Magnus Carlsen is now the "Tour Winner". Although neither the World Champion nor his direct rival Wesley So scored, So cannot catch up to Carlsen's seven-point lead with only two remaining rounds. Carlsen lost to Teimour Radjabov 1:3, while So lost to Levon Aronian 0.5:2.5 after just three games. Radjabov is now only half a point behind So and could challenge him for second place - the prize money difference between second and third place is USD 20,000. | Graphic: Play Magnus Group

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Before the fourth and final game, Carlsen was trailing Radjabov 1-2. So to score in this match the World Champion needed a win - a situation that does not necessarily improve the quality of the games. As was the case this time: Carlsen lost hopelessly, which resulted in a final score of 3:1 for Radjabov.

 

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It was a rather wasted day for the World Champion, but in light of the overall standings and the tournament win, he seemed content:

Wesley So did not benefit from the world champion's bad day. On the contrary, the runner-up also lost in the 7th round without winning chances. See game 1 against Levon Aronian:

 

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Right afterwards Wesley So lost another game:

Another draw followed - after only three games the match was over as Levon Aronian had won 2.5:0.5. Consequently Wesley So cannot catch up to Magnus Carlsen in the standings anymore.

Results of Round 7

Standings after Round 7

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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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