Carlsen ready for the semi-finals

Carlsen ready for the semi-finals

You can watch the semifinals of the Champions Chess Tour: Julius Baer Generation Cup on Friday from 17:30 on TV 2 Sport 2 and TV 2 Play.

It looked ugly for the world champion in his first quarter-final match. Long use of time and inaccurate play meant that he had a crisis start against Levon Aronjan.

However, his opponent’s advantage disappeared as quickly as he gained it. After 12 moves played, Carlsen had a winning advantage on the board.

On the other side of the tournament tree, Hans Niemann lost to Le Quang Liem. Thus, a reunion between Niemann and Carlsen is no longer possible in this tournament.

Carlsen is very satisfied with his own performance in the tour so far. When asked to assess today’s performance, he is nevertheless self-critical:

– In total in the tournament, I would have given myself six rolls of the dice. Today it is perhaps closer to a roll of the dice four, answers Carlsen in an interview with TV 2.

Slaughtered opponent blunder

Aronjan’s roar in today’s second game met sharp criticism from chess expert Jon Ludvig Hammer.

– If I had been in a situation like that, I would have just thought: “The whole world is watching and I’m playing as badly as this?” It is shameful, commented Jon Ludvig Hammer in TV 2’s chess studio.

After that, Carlsen was completely dominant. The 31-year-old also excelled in today’s third game, and then secured match victory in the final round.

Carlsen meets Vincent Keymer in the semi-finals. The 17-year-old German has produced a sensational result so far in the tournament. The Norwegian starts with the white pieces.

Niemann out of the tournament

Hans Niemann is out of the Champions Chess Tour. After a solid result in the preliminary rounds, he eventually had to lose to Le Quang Liem in the quarterfinals. The result is still among his best performances in the tour.

There was great tension surrounding whether Carlsen would appear in a final between Niemann and Carlsen. Just a few days ago, the 31-year-old chose to give up his party against the American in protest.

The world champion has still not come up with any concrete reasons for giving up on Niemann, but has given several hints that he suspects cheating. In an interview with TV 2 on Wednesday, Carlsen said that he was going to make a statement after the end of the tournament.

Like Carlsen, Niemann has qualified for the next Champions Chess Tour, which will be played in October.

You can watch the semifinals of the Champions Chess Tour: Julius Baer Generation Cup on Friday from 17:30 on TV 2 Sport 2 and TV 2 Play.

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