Remaining Speed Chess Quarterfinals On Dec. 2-3
The first quarterfinal was played on November 19 and won by Wesley So (@GMWSO) 16-10 vs. Jan-Krzysztof Duda (@Polish_fighter3000). After a small break, we can enjoy the other three quarterfinals this week:
Aronian vs. Vachier-Lagrave
The match between Aronian (@LevonAronian) and Vachier-Lagrave (@Lyonbeast) is one between two good friends. However, only one can advance and so they’ll have to be enemies for a few hours.
In classical chess, MVL has a slight plus score. The Frenchman beat Aronian five to four with 29 draws. In rapid and blitz chess games the difference is bigger: MVL beat Aronian 20 to nine, with 21 draws.
Vachier-Lagrave defeated GM Nihal Sarin (@NihalSarin) 16.5-11.5 in the Round of 16. Aronian won 14-11 against GM Ian Nepomniachtchi (@lachesisQ). The winner of MVL-Aronian will play the winner of Carlsen-Artemiev.
Carlsen vs. Artemiev
The match between Carlsen (@MagnusCarlsen) and Artemiev (@Sibelephant) comes just three days after Carlsen lost to So in the Skilling Open final. The world champion needs to be careful against one of the dark horses in this tournament!
The players only faced each other once in a classical game. Their game at the 2020 Tata Steel Chess tournament ended in a draw. In faster time controls, Carlsen beat Artemiev two to zero, with four draws in over-the-board chess. The players drew twice in the 2020 Chessable Masters.
Nakamura vs. Fedoseev
The match between Nakamura (@Hikaru) and Fedoseev (@Bigfish1995) is another one with a big favorite and an underdog that shouldn’t be underestimated. The winner will play against Wesley So in the semifinals.
If we look at classical chess, there are two games: Fedoseev eliminated Nakamura from the 2017 FIDE World Cup scoring 1.5-0.5. Over the board, they also faced each other in one rapid and one blitz game and both ended in draws.
In Titled Tuesdays, Nakamura scored 5-3 between May and September of this year. They also played the final of the Super Swiss on October 5, where Nakamura won 7.5-5.5.