The Magnus Carlsen Invitational starts today

World Champion Magnus Carlsen takes on world blitz no. 1 Hikaru Nakamura today in a 4-game rapid match as the $250,000 Magnus Carlsen Invitational begins.

With over the board chess suspended for the foreseeable future due to the coronavirus crisis this is a welcome new event. The concept is one similar to one Carlsen advocated in 2018 for the World Championship – a number of rapid games in one day rather than a single classical game. The format is a Match Round Robin of 8 players meeting each other once over four 15 minute + 10 seconds a move games, if this mini-match is tied 2-2 there will be a single decisive Armageddon game. The top 4 will play in a knockout final stage to decide the winner. The prize fund is $250,000 and a star studded field will compete alongside Carlsen.

Magnus Carlsen Invitational field is: Magnus Carlsen, Fabiano Caruana, Ding Liren, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Anish Giri, Hikaru Nakamura and Alireza Firouzja.