In a sensational finish, Magnus Carlsen left Hikaru Nakamura stranded within half a point of victory and went on to win his signature event — the $300,000 Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour Finals — on Thursday.
The exhausting victory for Carlsen in the seventh set came after he squandered a 1-0 lead to trail 2-3 when Nakamura won the first blitz game. Carlsen faced a must-win situation to deny Nakamura the title.
The victory was worth $140,000 for Carlsen while Nakamura earned $80,000 from the world’s richest online event.
The result (final): Magnus Carlsen (Nor) bt Hikaru Nakamura (USA) 4-3.