The semi-finals of the Chessable Masters will see the clashes GM Vladislav Artemiev v GM Wesley So and GM Levon Aronian v GM Le Quang Liem. Favorites in their quarter-final matches, GM Alireza Firouzja and GM Hikaru Nakamura were eliminated, the latter in an armageddon match with Artemiev.
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Aronian, the winner of the previous Champions Chess Tour event, is back in shape. In his two matches with Mamedyarov, the Armenian general manager only needed three matches to win.
However, when it comes to his actual play, Aronian said he was “very sloppy” and only his third game on Wednesday “went well”. The game chosen below, the first of the day, is a good example.
In a typical Aronian remark, he added: “Sometimes I feel like I’m a perfect patzer and then I think, if I’m a complete patzer, then some guys who are not very good at chess? “
Aronian will now face Le, who again turned out to be in excellent form beating Firouzja 2-0. Because Le also won the first game, those two games were all it took. The Vietnamese GM, who won the 2013 World Blitz Championship, will play his first Tour semi-final.
A much longer affair was Artemiev-Nakamura, who first traded blows and then drew before the two again won their shutout in the 5 | 3 blitz. Then it was Artemiev who won another white match in armageddon.
The opening was critical there when some wild potential complications turned into a rather dry mid-game position that it was difficult for Black to win:
Van Forest was absolutely surprising on day one, holding So 2-2. Also on the second day, he fought very well with a very interesting first match:
All Games Day 5
The Chessable Masters runs from July 31 to August 8, 2021 on chess24. The preliminary phase was a fast-paced (15 | 10) 16-player round robin tournament. The top eight players qualified for a six-day knockout which consists of two days of four-game quick matches, which switch to blitz (5 | 3) and armageddon (White has five minutes, Black has four without. increment) only if a knockout match is tied after Matchday 2. The prize fund is $ 100,000, including a first prize of $ 30,000.