The Julius Baer Generation Cup is the 7th event of the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour and takes place from 18-25 September on chess24.com. The event featured 16 world-class players spanning the age spectrum. World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen was topping the field and met again with 19-year-old Hans Niemann. Carlsen resigned his game against Niemann after only two played moves. The field also included the six-time World Championship candidate Boris Gelfand, Ukraine’s 53-year-old former World Rapid Champion Vassily Ivanchuk, 15-year-old Christopher Yoo, Indian prodigy Praggnanandhaa, Vincent Keymer, Arjun Erigaisi, Anish Giri, Levon Aronian, Liem Le, Radoslaw Wojtaszek, David Navara, Ivan Saric, and Adhiban Baskaran.
The field got cut in half today as the preliminary stage concluded, and only the top eight players advanced to the Knockout stage of the event which will be played over the next four days on chess24.com. The top 8 are: Magnus Carlsen, Arjun Erigaisi, Hans Niemann, Praggnanandhaa, Vincent Keymer, Le Quang Liem, Christopher Yoo and Levon Aronian.
Results of Quarterfinals, September 22, 18:00 CEST:
Q1: Magnus Carlsen vs
Levon Aronian 3-1
Q2: Arjun Erigaisi vs
Christopher Yoo 3.5-2.5
Hans Niemann vs Le Quang Liem 1.5-2.5
Praggnanandhaa – Vincent Keymer 1-3
Semi-finals pairings, September 23, 18:00 CEST:
S1: Magnus Carlsen vs Vincent Keymer
S2: Le Quang Liem vs Arjun Erigaisi
Semi-finals will be played on September 23, starting at 18:00 CEST, and the Final match will be played over two days from 24-25 September. Based on the current standings, Julius Baer Generation Cup might have a grand finale with Magnus Carlsen meeting Hans Niemann for the title of the event! Read more: What if Magnus Carlsen and Hans Niemann meet in the Julius Baer Generation Cup Knockout phase?