For the second successive day, Magnus Carlsen shut out Peter Svidler 2.5-0.5 to cruise into the final of the chess24 Legends of Chess on Saturday.

Displaying his class, Carlsen won the first two games in quick time and then easily drew with white pieces to end Svidler’s resistance. In the first set, too, Carlsen has posted a comfortable victory with the same margin. In the second set, Carlsen needed just 99 moves spread over three games to end the challenge of the eight-time Russian champion.

In the other semifinal, Anish Giri staged a stunning comeback to beat Ian Nepomniachtchi 3-2 and forced Sunday’s deciding set. Twice in arrears, Giri drew level by winning the third rapid game and the second blitz encounter. Thereafter, in the Armageddon game, where Nepomniachtchi chose to play with white pieces, Giri emerged…

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