Friday, January 21

Worst lightning chess WC for Carlsen ever: – I got what I deserved

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 ever.

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

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Carlsen’s boss in the last game, Frenchman Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, beat home hope Jan-Krzysztof Duda in a rematch for the gold. Alireza Firouzja also had 15 points – but did not join the replay according to the rules Carlsen criticized after the same thing happened in the World Speed ​​Chess Championship earlier this week.

– This is 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.

He posted this tweet afterwards – where he also has a hint to Alireza Firouzja – perhaps because not all players with 15 points were allowed to participate in the replay, which Carlsen raced against after the World Speed ​​Chess Championship:

– 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, says Carlsen in the NRK interview.

– 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.

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Carlsen got his worst place in the Lightning Chess World Cup ever:

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: Johan Sebastian Christiansen was best with 11 points, Aryan Tari finished with 10.5 points, and Kristian Stuvik Holm 9.5 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 was defending champion in both disciplines.

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