Magnus Carlsen’s hope for World Cup gold in lightning chess hangs in the balance after he lost to Anish Giri in Thursday’s third game.
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Carlsen’s good friend, Armenian Levon Aronian, who now plays for the United States, is still alone at the forefront of the championship. He now has two points down to the Norwegian. Aronian has 12 points, while Daniil Dubov in 2nd place has 11.5 and Giri in 3rd place 11 points. Carlsen stands with 10.
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 stubbornly defended himself, but eventually had to give up.
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 stands with 7 points and is barely top 100. Johan-Sebastian Christiansen and Kristian Stuvik Holm both have 5.5.
The special thing about the first day was that Carlsen first had 11 games with a decision – four losses and seven wins, before he finally got the first draw of the day in the 12th and last game.
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.