GM Magnus Carlsen won the Magnus Carlsen Invitational on Sunday. The Norwegian grandmaster clinched the $70,000 first prize after beating GM Hikaru Nakamura in the final of this very strong online tournament held April 18-May 3.
The event was an initiative from the world champion himself. With a $250,000 prize fund, eight of the strongest grandmasters in the world played. Below they are listed, sorted by their April 2020 standard FIDE ratings:
Magnus Carlsen Invitational | Participants
The tournament started with a single round-robin held during the first week with the top-scoring players qualifying for a Final Four knockout. Each match consisted of four rapid games with a time control of 15 minutes and a 10-second increment. The winner earned three match points. If the players tied 2-2, a single armageddon game was played, where the winner got two points and the loser one.
In that first phase, many fans were eager to follow GM Alireza Firouzja. Shortly before the event, the Iranian prodigy had beaten Carlsen 8.5-7.5 in the Banter Blitz Cup, a 128-player knockout with a $14,000 first prize. (Read more). Photo and news: chess.com