Magnus defeats Nakamura to win Carlsen by invitation

CHENNAI: World Champion Magnus Carlsen supreme reign to win the richest online Chess tournament in history on Sunday night.

Carlsen raised his level in the grand final to beat Nakamura 2.5-1.5. The Norwegian drew his first blood in a pressure cooker opening game when he showed his renowned strength in the finals.

Carlsen, 29, sneaked in a satisfied smile as he went 1-0 up while Nakamura was left wondering what went wrong. Game 2 saw Carlsen opt for an ultra-solid approach to hold onto his lead. But Nakamura went on to force a remarkable win and instantly draw level in the match.

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The third was even more nerve-wracking as Carlsen built up a strong position and started to turn the screw. Nakamura was left on the cusp of collapse and battled hard, but couldn't hold Carlsen back. With a 2-1 lead, Carlsen only needed a draw in Game 4 which he managed to achieve so. Nakamura pushed for a victory but missed a critical chance to break through and Carlsen steered the game towards the half-point draw and with it sealed the title.

It was a big deal for me (to win this tournament). I am really happy, said a visibly pleased Carlsen after the win.

Carlsen was happy with the excitement the tournament has gone on to create in the last couple of weeks. The format has worked pretty well and lots of excitement especially in the semifinals. Personally, I couldn't be happier, said Carlsen.