CHESS: Carlsen eliminates So, secures spot in Lindores semis

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World champion Magnus Carlsen became the second player to secure a place in the semifinals of the Lindores Abbey Rapid Challenge in Scotland.

Carlsen disposed of Filipino grandmaster Wesley So in three games, with his series win setting him up with a match-up against Hikaru Nakamura.

Sergey Karjakin tied the overall score with Daniil Dubov after winning a tough second rubber match with the latter in their best-of-three duel.
The winner will advance to the semifinals that will be decided on Wednesday.

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The Lindores Abbey Chess Challenge, which started on May 18, had 12 players taking part.
After a three-day preliminary, the best eight players will advance to the deciding knockout encounter.

The Carlsen-So matches were a repeat of last year’s Fischer Random World Championship final.In game one, the world champion engaged

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So in the long opening game of the Ruy Lopez before getting the upperhand in the middle game.With Carlsen pressing on in the g-file, So’s defense collapsed under pressure and he quit on the 61st move.Carlsen had a passed pawn on the center file when it was over.

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