GM Magnus Carlsen won the difficult opening game against GM Ian Nepomniachtch on Day 1 of the Skilling Open semi-finals. According to Carlsen, the first day of the semi-finals was quite similar to the first day of his game with General Manager Anish Gir in the sense that he was “mostly in trouble”. He finally won the game thanks to the first game, where his opponent basically won him. Visually, Nakamura seemed to have some chance in the 4th game – a mandatory match, where he went to defend the Netherlands.
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