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Carlsen vs Ding and Liem vs Duda are the quarterfinals of the Charity Cup

Magnus Carlsen and Liem Quang Le, the two form horses, both put in dominant performances today to storm into the semi-finals of the Charity Cup. Carlsen clinched a 2.5-0.5 victory over the young American hope Hans Niemann to go through to the next stage of the UNICEF fundraiser with a game to spare. More about Charity CupCharity Cup 2022 participants and preview / Charity Cup 2022 live / Charity Cup 2022 videoRound reportsHans Niemann and Liem Quang Le lead after Day 1 / Le Quang Liem is sole leader after Day 2 / Carlsen closer to the top in Day 3 / Le Quang Liem wins the Prelims Day 4

In Liem’s match the in-form Vietnamese speedster recovered from only his second loss of the event to beat the Czech David Navara 2.5-1.5. It was the only match of the quarters to go the distance – but it never seemed in doubt. Carlsen’s win over Niemann, meanwhile, was event more commanding. The Norwegian said afterward: “I thought the first and second games we very, very tense and pretty tough. Up to a certain point I was definitely in command of both of those but they got a bit out of hand.

“He fought very well in both of those games and they were both pretty tough, but I guess the last games was relatively easy.”

Carlsen, the world No.1, will face the world No.3 Ding Liren in the semi-finals tomorrow after the Chinese star pulled off a similarly dominant win over the Dutchman Jorden Van Foreest.

In the other quarter finals, Poland’s World Cup winner Jan-Krzysztof Duda was another to finish early with a quickfire win over the Spaniard David Anton.

Duda won the first two and then secured the draw he needed to sail through.

The 23-year-old said: “It’s of course it’s great to reach a semi-final and win in such a convincing manner but I don’t think I played great chess today, I just didn’t commit too many great errors and just grabbed my chances.”

Commentating on the action, International Master Jovanka Houska said: “He was just simply a better player than David Anton and when opportunities arose, he took them.”

The event is supported by NEAR Foundation and is being held as a fundraiser for UNICEF.

The semi-finals start tomorrow with Carlsen facing Ding and Liem vs Duda. Tune in at 17:00 UTC / 18:00 CET for day 6 of the Charity Cup.

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