For the third time in five days, the odd-numbered set came
Hikaru Nakamura’s way.
Trailing by a game, the gritty American bounced back to win 4-3 against Magnus Carlsen in the fifth set of the title-deciding clash of the $300,000 Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour Finals on Tuesday.
As a result, Nakamura leads 3-2 in the best-of-seven-set final. Carlsen now faces a must-win situation on Wednesday to force the deciding set.
After the four rapid games ended in draws, with neither player really coming close to victory, Carlsen took the lead by claiming the first blitz game. Nakamura, needing to win to stay in the set, hit back with black pieces after the World champion got into trouble early in the game. He converted his advantage to make it 3-3 and forced the Armageddon game.
Carlsen, looking to deny…