Beast-mode Magnus Carlsen savages Fabiano Caruana
on Thursday as the Chessable Masters quarter-finals got under way. The World Champion got into his stride straight away, showing the crushing style he is famous for in a dominant first game win.
Caruana, the US No 1, was forced to resign again in the second as Carlsen, playing from a beach house in Denmark, extended his lead to 2-0. In the third, Carlsen simply cruised to the draw that settled today's four-game set 2.5-0.5 one game early.
Carlsen now takes control of the best-of-three tie with Caruana needing to win on Saturday to take it to a decider. Asked how his day went, Carlsen said, “I would say it's pretty good, just got to keep it up.” When asked about his consistency, Carlsen added, “I wouldn't say I've been consistent at all -- it feels like I've lost a million games!”
In the other quarter, the first game appeared to be heading for a draw before a disconnection saw Vladislav Artemiev run out of time and lose. The second ended in a draw before Artemiev, needing to avoid defeat in the third, fell disappointingly.
Nepomniachtchi goes 1-0 up in the quarter-final. Ding Liren againstHikaru Nakamura and Alexander Grischuk against Anish Giri will start their quarter-final ties later on Friday.