Wednesday, January 26

Victory and draw for Carlsen after the corona chaos

After the corona chaos, the Lightning Chess World Cup is underway again. Magnus Carlsen (31) has had a win and a draw in his first two games on Thursday.

Magnus Carlsen during the first day of the lightning chess WC.

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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 is one and a half points ahead of the Norwegian in the World Cup summary after 14 of 21 games.

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Armenian 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 has 6 points, while both Johan-Sebastian Christiansen and Kristian Stuvik Holm have 5.5. None of them are in the top 100.

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.

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