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Chessable Masters: Giri beats Nepomniachtchi in the Semi-Finals

by Shahid Ahmed - 03/07/2020

Just over a week ago both World Champion Magnus Carlsen and Anish Giri joked about seeing each other in the final. You cannot deny the fact that it would make an interesting final now that Giri has beat Nepomniachtchi 3.5-2.5 in the third mini-match of their Semi-Finals. Their pre and post-match banters on twitter is well-known to the fans and it will be interesting to see who wins it. Giri despite having a bit of ups and downs, he has managed to pull through in all situations from tie-breaks to Armageddon. Carlsen is yet to show a chink in his armor in this tournament, but the finals will be a treat for those who love the game. Who do you think will win Chessable Masters - Carlsen or Giri?

Destiny fulfilled: It's Carlsen vs Giri at the Finals

Nepomniachtchi had a perfect start in the third mini-match of the Semi-Finals with his usual attacking style but he immediately lost the next game. The next three games ended up in consecutive lacklustre draws. Then Giri finally won the game and the mini-match to setup a clash with the World Champion in the Finals which starts today.

Magnus Carlsen beat Ding Liren 2-0 to advance to the finals | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Determined Nepomniachtchi

Nepomniachtchi was determined to win the third mini-match in the Semi-Final. He started the day with his usual attacking style. Struck at every opportunity and eventually secured a victory. Although he missed a quicker victory.

Nepomniachtchi - Giri, Semi-Final Game 9

Position after 22...Bf6

The game continued with 23.Kg1. What was the quicker win white missed?

Giri bounced back immediately

After starting the third mini-match of the Semi-Final with a brutal loss, Giri made a comeback by capitalizing on his opponent's mistake.

Giri - Nepomniachtchi, Semi-Final Game 10

Position after 36...Rd8

Find out why 36...Rd8 is a blunder and what black could have done instead.

An emphatic win

After making three consecutive draws, Giri finally managed to win convincingly and set a clash with Carlsen in the Finals.

Giri - Nepomniachtchi, Semi-Final Game 14

Position after 25.h5

It all went downhill for black after 25.h5

Carlsen and Giri both jokingly said, "See you in the final" and destiny made it happen. In case you missed it, here you go

Replay all Semi-Final games on Day 12


It will be Carlsen vs Giri in the Finals | Photo: Official site

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