Magnus Carlsen (31) lost his last game in the lightning chess WC and thus does not get a medal. The Norwegian gets his worst place in the championship in many years.
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– It’s nowhere near good enough. It was a shame with the last round, where I stand well and do not get to take advantage of it. It’s sad that I do not get close to my best on a day like this, says Magnus Carlsen to NRK after losing to Maxime Vachier-Lagrave in his last game.
– I just have to realize that I was not near good enough this time. It’s disappointing, of course, but sometimes it just does not work. That was also the case today.
– It simply does not flow. I could have been a little more pragmatic perhaps, especially it was unnecessary to lose to Aleksandr Grisjtsjuk. I frantically tried to win in the draw position. Otherwise, I feel that I largely got what I deserved.
The battle for the World Cup victory will probably be a replay between Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and the home hope Jan-Krzysztof Duda.
Magnus Carlsen: Probably my last WC
Carlsen won against Jan Nepomnyashchy and Bassem Amin, but also against the Russian Kirill Aleksejenko it should have been a victory.
– He had a crushing advantage. He could have won this when he was ten years old as well, says NRK expert Torstein Bae live about the disappointing draw against Aleksejenko.
Carlsen has five losses in the lightning chess WC 2021. In 2018 and 2019, he had only one loss in 42 games. In 2020, the championship was corona-canceled.
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Part 21: Tap
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave with white seemed to collapse when Carlsen got a solid advantage after 20 moves. The Norwegian struggled to find a way to victory and made a mistake that caused the Frenchman to take over.
Lot 20: Victory
World Cup opponent from Dubai Jan Nepomnjasjtsjij had a black second day of the Lightning Chess World Cup, but defended well for a long time against Carlsen, who had white. The Norwegian eventually secured a solid advantage and won the party.
Lot 19: Victory
Carlsen got a small advantage Bassem Amin, but the Egyptian defended himself for a long time very accurately and well. But then he made a blunder that opened for Carlsen victory. This time the Norwegian got “the ball in goal”.
Party 18: Delivered
Kirill Aleksejenko with white pieces was a tricky task for Carlsen. The Norwegian gained a small advantage, but the Russian defended well. Aleksejenko made a big mistake with a jumper, and Carlsen was on the verge of a clear victory – but messed it all up for a draw.
Lot 17: Victory
The Greek Dimitrios Mastrovasilis had as expected no opportunities against Carlsen with white. The Norwegian convinced and won after only 23 moves.
Part 16: Tap
The lightning chess expert Aleksandr Grisjtsjuk had white pieces, but met a vengeful Carlsen. It was completely even for a long time, and the Russian eventually came in dire need of time. Nevertheless, Grisjtsjuk played perfectly, at the same time as Carlsen made some weak moves and lost.
Part 15: Tap
Carlsen with white pieces against Anish Giri. The Dutch ace gained the upper hand on the board – but trouble with the clock. Carlsen defended stubbornly, but was eventually outplayed by an accurate and strong Giri.
Party 14: Delivered
Armenians Haik Martirosjan came from four straight victories and had white pieces. Both played quickly and flawlessly. Eventually, they agreed on a draw.
Lot 13: Victory
The Norwegian got off to a perfect start on day two of the championship when the Iranian Parham Maghsoodloo was beaten. After just under 20 moves, Magnus Carlsen gained a tremendous advantage, and had no problems with “putting the ball in goal”.
A total of nine games will be played on the second day of the Lightning Chess World Cup. Carlsen got 8.5 out of 12 possible points on Wednesday.
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The other Norwegians: Aryan Tari now has 10.5 points, Johan-Sebastian Christiansen 10 and Kristian Stuvik Holm 8 points.
It was total chaos before Thursday’s second part of the Lightning Chess World Cup could finally start – one hour late. Hikaru Nakamura said on Twitter that he had tested positive for corona and withdrew from further games, and it was long unclear what this would mean for the end of the championship. But eventually the game started, and all the players chose to continue.
Lightning chess – which is the most extreme of the “speed disciplines” – has in many ways been Magnus Carlsen’s specialty. He has topped the World Cup five times: 2009, 2014, 2017, 2018 and 2019. The Norwegian has thus won the last three times it has been arranged. In 2020, there was no fast and lightning chess world championship due to corona.
In the World Rapid Chess Championship earlier this week, Magnus Carlsen won bronze. He had the same score as three others in the lead, but the special rules made it a gold final between Jan Nepomnyashchy and Nodirbek Abdusattorov. The 17-year-old Uzbek won. “Clin idiotic rule,” Carlsen called it.
PS: Bibisara Assaubayeva (17) from Kazakhstan won the women’s class.