Goldmoney Asian Rapid: Carlsen and Ding win the first set
GM Magnus Carlsen and GM Ding Liren won their first matches in the semi-finals of the Goldmoney Asian Rapid tournament. Carlsen lost his first game against GM Levon Aronian but then went 2.5/3 in the rest, while Ding drew and won two games against GM Vladislav Artemiev.
This match saw a good start for Aronian, who overpowered the world champion using the sideline 9.d4 in the Closed Ruy Lopez. His queenside strategy worked perfectly when Carlsen underestimated the power of a queen trade:
Carlsen retaliated immediately in the next game, where he played some unorthodox ideas in an isolated queen pawn position and dominated the late game. Aronian, however, defended well and could have pulled off a tough rook ending:
After a relatively quick draw, Carlsen struck again with the white pieces, this time playing the London System. Here too, Aronian missed a draw deep in the endgame of the tower. There is a lot of final knowledge to be gained from this report!
Ding seems to be in great shape. After holding his first black game, he won a great game as white and then produced the next gem. It was not easy to choose the game of the day because it was also an excellent candidate:
All Games Day 6
The Goldmoney Asian Rapid runs from June 26 to July 4, 2021 on chess24. The preliminary phase was a rapid round robin (15 | 10) with 16 players. The top eight players have qualified for a six-day knockout which consists of two days of fast four-game matches, which progress to blitz (5 | 3) and armageddon (white has five minutes, black four without increment) only tie if a knockout match is tied after day two. The prize fund is $100,000.