Sam Shankland, Nihal Sarin, Laurent Fressinet and Erwin l’Ami were among the stars in action as the first 8-player qualifier for the chess24 Banter Series began. They’re battling for a single place in the 16-player final featuring the likes of Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana. The time control will be 3 minutes + a 2-second increment per move and the matches will be best of 8 games.
Match 1) 16:00 CEST
GM Erwin l’Ami vs GM Alan Pichot | RESULT: 2.5 – 4.5
Match 2) 17:30 CEST GM Alexander Donchenko vs
GM Alexander Fier | RESULT: 4.5 – 0.5
Match 3) 19:00 CEST GM Nihal Sarin vs
GM Laurent Fressinet | RESULT: 5 – 3
Match 4) 20:30 CEST GM Sam Shankland vs
GM Lance Henderson | RESULT: 5 – 0
Day 2 02/09: Semi-finals
Match 5) 17:30 CEST GM Nihal Sarin vs GM Alexander Donchenko
Match 6) 19:30 CEST GM Alan Pichot vs GM Sam Shankland
Day 3 05/09: Final
Winner of Match 5 vs Winner of Match 6. The champion of the A Qualifier will go to the Finals.
Check out full details of the Series here: https://chess24.com/en/read/news/chess24-banter-series