For the second straight day, Magnus Carlsen ended Ding Liren’s resistance in just three games and led 2-1 in the best-of-five-set semifinals of the $300,000 Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour Finals on Tuesday.
In the other semifinal, Hikaru Nakamura continued his irrepressible form to shut out Daniil Dubov 2.5-1.5 to complete a 3-0 win for a place in the final.
Much like on Monday, Nakamura won the third and reached a winning position in the fourth game. But on this day, he chose to draw by repeating the moves.
After the 22-move first game ended following a three-fold repetition of moves, Carlsen cashed in on the Ding’s misreading of the positions to win from equal positions, twice in succession.
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