Nakamura defeats Caruana to reach the final
CHENNAI Hikaru Nakamura showed his class when he beat Fabiano Caruana Friday night to make the final of the Magnus Carlsen Invitational . The hard-fought clash was left hanging on the razor's edge after the first four games ended it all 2-2.
But when entering the tiebreaker of two games with the application of the rules of Armageddon and the reduced time, Caruana made a mistake despite being in a strong position and Nakamura made the most of it. Nakamura was able to maintain the courage to close a thriller.
The match started with both playing without giving an inch and the first two games ending in draws. Caruana found himself in trouble in the third game and Nakamura converted the opportunity to go 2-1 in the clash. In what was a game for Caruana to win in Game Four, the 2018 World Championship Challenger seized the occasion and led the game to the tiebreaker.
After the game, Nakamura said: I thought I played three good games, but then my nerves failed me in game four and the tiebreaker, but I found a way to win.
After the game, Caruana turned to Twitter to congratulate Nakamura on the deserved victory. He almost came back but couldn't recover from that terrible mistake in Game 5. Still, it was a completely enjoyable event. Congratulations to Hikaru and good luck in the final, he tweeted. On Saturday, current world champion Magnus Carlsen it will take Ding Liren in the second semifinal.