Magnus Carlsen and Wesley So need only draw on Saturday to
reach the final of the Skilling Open after winning the first day of their semi-final
matches against Ian Nepomniachtchi and Hikaru Nakamura. Magnus took advantage of
Nepo blundering a piece on move 15 of their first game, but then admitted he
was “mainly struggling”, as the Russian no. 1 failed to convert two
winning endgames. Wesley, meanwhile, didn’t lose control all day, and owed his
victory to a swashbuckling attack in the 2nd game of the day.