CHENNAI:

Ding Liren

powered past

Hikaru Nakamura

and into the last four of the $150,000 Chessable Masters with the minimum of fuss on Monday evening. The Chinese number 1 took just three games to dispatch fan favourite Hikaru Nakamura and set up a semifinal clash with World Champion

Magnus Carlsen

.

It followed a dramatic match on Sunday that saw Nakamura, the popular American streamer who boasts 435,000 followers on Twitch, come back to level the tie. Ding had convincingly won the first set on Friday while Nakamura needed a blitz play-off and an Armageddon tiebreak on Sunday to draw level.

Monday’s deciding set started with a draw but then Ding took control to win the second and third games, meaning a fourth wasn’t needed. The event, broadcast live on chess24, is the next stage of

the Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour

which carries a total prize pot of $1 million, a record for the online game.

The Chessable Masters, which runs until July 5, is being put on in association with Chessable and the tour’s Education Partner, leading Swiss private banking group,

Julius Baer

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Players were split into two groups (A and B) of six for the preliminary stage before eight progressed to the knockouts. The final winner will take home the top prize of $45,000 and a ticket to the $300,000 tour Grand Final.

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