Magnus Carlsen let out a roar of joy and talked of “massive, massive relief” as he beat Wesley So in Armageddon to win the FTX Crypto Cup and book a place in the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour Finals in San Francisco. Magnus won the first game of the final day but Wesley hit back straight away and then took the lead when Magnus blundered in the first blitz playoff. It looked as if the World Champion would lose a 3rd final to the US Champion, but Magnus stormed back to win the next two games and claim the title. Ian Nepomniachtchi took 3rd place after four fighting games against Teimour Radjabov.
So that’s all for the FTX Crypto Cup! We hope you’ve enjoyed the action and our coverage on chess24.
For some of the players, including Teimour Radjabov and Wesley So, there are just four days to go until the Superbet Chess Classic, the first event on this year’s Grand Chess Tour, begins in Bucharest, Romania. It’s a 10-player classical over-the-board event, with Wesley noting it’s 17 months since he last played over-the-board! Stay tuned to all the action here on chess24.
- Meltwater Champions Chess Tour website
- FTX Crypto Cup games with computer analysis and commentary: Prelims, Knockout
- Carlsen-Nepo as full Top 10 play $320,000 FTX Crypto Cup
- FTX Crypto Cup Day 1: Giri leads as Carlsen struggles
- FTX Crypto Cup Day 2: Carlsen plays 1.b4 as race blown wide open
- FTX Crypto Cup Day 3: Carlsen-Naka in QFs as Magnus & Nepo scrape through
- FTX Crypto Cup Day 4: Carlsen and Caruana stage comebacks
- FTX Crypto Cup Day 5: Are we headed for a Carlsen-Nepo preview?
- FTX Crypto Cup Day 6: Mosquitoes and Radjabov bite back
- FTX Crypto Cup Day 7: Carlsen and So meet in 3rd final
- FTX Crypto Cup Day 8: Carlsen and So trade crushing blows