A resounding failure for Magnus. Even the outsider won the game, and the former world champion – not a single one.
Alexander Fedyakov June 11, 2023, 17:00 Moscow time Audio version: Your browser does not support the audio element.
For the first time since 2007, the Norwegian went winless in a classic time control tournament.
16 years, 72 round-robin tournaments – this is exactly how long the series of former world chess champion Magnus Carlsen lasted when he won at least one victory in competitions with classical time control. But this amazing series was also interrupted at Magnus’s home super tournament in Stavanger. At home, he failed to win a single game in the classics. None!
Carlsen suffered a heavy defeat:
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Of course, Carlsen said that he was fed up with classical chess, but not winning at all is, of course, nonsense. This happened only in 2007, when Magnus was only 17 years old, and he was still a long way from the title of world champion and even the leadership in the world ranking. Now the grandmaster with a rating of 2853 points, which is 67 points higher than the closest pursuer, played very poorly.
Otherwise, shame on you to call your game not working. He himself knows it very well. Even his compatriot Arjan Tari, the absolute outsider of the Stavanger tournament, managed to beat Alireza Firouzja in the classics on the last day and get rid of the zero in the victory column. But Magnus couldn’t. Or he didn’t want to. Or he just decided to troll the whole chess world.
Another thing is that Magnus himself is not harmed by this state of affairs. The Norwegian grandmaster has long held one of the top places in the historical chess hierarchy. Even after losing more than 18 points in the standings, he still retained an impressive 2835 points. And today Carlsen is the only 800 player in the world.
But the cherished historical mark of 2900, which Carlsen himself dreamed of a year ago, is now almost impossible to achieve.
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On the other hand, the Norwegian won seven Armageddons in a row, which are played in the Stavanger tournament in case of a tie in classical chess. This type of chess is interesting to him, in that time control he is unstoppable. A couple of weeks ago in Warsaw, he smashed all his opponents in blitz, now he beat them all in a row at Armageddon. So it definitely goes without saying that the Norwegian has completely weakened and forgotten how to play.
Carlsen, of course, is still the strongest grandmaster in the world. You probably just need to figure out how to get him interested in classical chess again. After all, even the inimitable blitz player, blogger, and streamer Hikaru Nakamura, who played classical games much less frequently than Carlsen, never falls below his level.
In Stavanger, Nakamura, at his request, defeated Fabiano Caruana in the last round and became champion. Hikaru, by the way, didn’t lose a single game in the classic game, picking up three wins in the process. And after the award, he said: “I don’t know why, but now I play classic better than rapid and blitz. Perhaps the result does not press me, like the rest.
But what is pressing Magnus?
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