Magnus Carlsen faces the French Maxime Vachier Lagrave, 5 of the world, in the semifinals of the Opera Euro Rapid Chess 24.com, third round of the Meltwater World Chess Tour. The other semifinal is starred by American Wesley So and Azerbaijani Teymur Radjabov.
The second phase, after the qualifying disputed by league system between 16 grandmasters, is played by cup system to the best of 2 rounds of 4 games, at the rate of 15 minutes plus 10 additional seconds per move. In case of 1-1, quick tie-break games (5 + 3) will be played and in case of continuing equality: Armageddon (White has 1 minute more, but they must win since the tables classify the player who leads black).
The games, like those of the entire tournament, begin at 5:00 p.m. and can be followed live on the MARCA channel on YouTube with images and comments from Chess24.com, organizer of the event, and from Grand Master Jos Cuenca and the International Master David Martnez.
February 11: 1 round of the semifinals.
February 12: 2 semifinal rounds.
February 13: 1 round of the final.
February 14: 2nd round of the final.
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