Magnus Carlsen and Wesley So need only draw on Saturday to reach the final of the Skilling Open after winning the first day of their semi-final matches against Ian Nepomniachtchi and Hikaru Nakamura. Magnus took advantage of Nepo blundering a piece on move 15 of their first game, but then admitted he was “mainly struggling” as the Russian no. 1 failed to convert two winning endgames. Wesley, meanwhile, didn’t lose control all day, and owed his victory to a swashbuckling attack in the 2nd game of the day.
Saturday has a lot at stake as the players compete for a place in the first final of the Champions Chess Tour. Will we see more comebacks, or can Magnus and Wesley hold on? Don’t miss all the action from 18:00 CET here on chess24!
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- Skilling Open 1: Giri leads mouse-slipping Carlsen
- Skilling Open 2: Giri still leads after Karjakin beats Carlsen
- Skilling Open 3: Firouzja heartbreak as Carlsen wins prelims
- Skilling Open QF1: Naka, Giri, Nepo and So in danger
- Skilling Open QF2: Day of the Comebacks