Hikaru Nakamura, Anish Giri, Ian Nepomniachtchi and Wesley
So must all win on Thursday or they’re out of the Skilling Open after they lost on
Day 1 of the quarterfinals. Magnus Carlsen described his victory over Giri as a
case of “winning ugly” after he’d struggled for the first three games. MVL
toppled Nakamura’s Berlin Wall in the first game of the day, while Teimour
Radjabov twice struck with the black pieces to blow Wesley So away in three
games. Levon Aronian’s victory over Nepo was an enjoyable slugfest.