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, but the field got cut in half yesterday as the preliminary stage of the event concluded. The top eight players advanced to the Knockout stage 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.
The Quarterfinals matches are:
Q1: Magnus Carlsen vs Levon Aronian
Q2: Arjun Erigaisi vs Christopher Yoo
Q3: Hans Niemann vs Le Quang Liem
Q4: Praggnanandhaa vs Vincent Keymer
Based on the Prelims standings and Knockout stage pairings, the Julius Baer Generation Cup might have a grand finale with Magnus Carlsen meeting Hans Niemann again! See the Knockout phase pairings and timetable here
After Hans Niemann defeated the World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen in the third round of the Sinquefield Cup 2022, Carlsen decided to withdraw from the tournament without detailed explanations. Rumors that Magnus Carlsen suspected Niemann was cheating started spreading over social media and the controversy over the Niemann – Carlsen case is not stopping. While Niemann spoke on the case on several occasions, the World Chess Champion did not have any public announcement since then and yesterday gave his first interview after the drama hit the chess world. Carlsen said he is very impressed by Niemann’s play and mentioned Niemann’s mentor Maxim Dugly, adding that cheaters in the future should not be taken lightly either online or over the board. See the timetable of happenings related to Carlsen – Niemann case at the bottom of the page.
The timetable of happenings related to Carlsen – Niemann case: