Magnus Carlsen wins New in Chess Classic for 1st Tour title

Magnus Carlsen is the New in Chess Classic champion after finally winning an event on the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour at his 5th attempt. Hikaru Nakamura landed the first blow with a win in Game 1 but lived to regret taking a draw in a promising position in Game 2. Magnus struck back brilliantly in Game 3, leaving Hikaru needing to win on demand with the black pieces. Instead he was losing when he offered a draw that conceded match defeat. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov beat Levon Aronian in the battle for 3rd place in an amazing match where Black won all but one of the games.

You can replay all the games from the New in Chess Classic, the 5th event on the $1.5 million Meltwater Champions Chess Tour, using the selector below. 

And here’s the final day’s live commentary from Peter Svidler, Peter Leko and Tania Sachdev.

And from David Howell, Jovanka Houska and Kaja Snare. 

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The final day of the New in Chess Classic was over without the need for playoffs.

That meant that after winning the preliminary stage of all five of the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour events Magnus Carlsen had finally also won the knockout, earning a perfect 10 (1st in the Prelims) + 40 (winner of the knockout) = 50 Tour points.

It had been a long wait for any kind of tournament victory for the World Champion, who last won an event, Norway Chess, in October, before he’d yet turned 30.

Magnus has also now taken over as the Tour leader, with four events to go before the Finals in San Francisco in September. 

Hikaru Nakamura had once again demonstrated that he’s one player who can inflict wounds on Magnus Carlsen in online chess, and despite falling just short he also scored his best result of the Tour so far. 

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov’s 3rd place capped a spectacular 2nd tournament on the Tour for the Azerbaijan no. 1. He scored the most wins of any player in the preliminary stage – seven – and then 12 wins in rapid chess in the knockout to make an almost unassailable 19 wins in total. 

The next leg of the tour starts on May 23rd, in exactly 3 weeks’ time…

…but there’s going to be more action coming up before then, including the return of the already infamous MrDodgy Invitational.

Come back later for player quotes and analysis!

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