Friday, January 21

Two victories give medal hope for Magnus Carlsen

Magnus Carlsen (31) suffered two straight losses and an unnecessary draw in the Lightning Chess World Cup on Thursday – but still has hopes of a medal before the last round.

Magnus Carlsen on day two of the World Cup in lightning chess in Poland.

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He 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.

– Magnus seems completely out of sorts. It has been a long time since he last suffered so many losses in lightning chess, says Tarjei J. Svensen, chess expert who works for chess24.com.

– It has gone quite badly. I’m just sorry. It is a great pity to be so far away from his best when it comes, says Carlsen himself to NRK.

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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Lot 20: Victory

Dubai World Cup opponent Jan Nepomnyashchij had a black second day of the Lightning 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 over 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: Johan-Sebastian Christiansen now has 10.5 points, Aryan Tari 9.5 points and Kristian Stuvik Holm has 7.5 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.

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