Altibox Norway Chess 2020:R5

Altibox Norway Chess 2020:R5



Duda beats Carlsen in Round 5 of Norway Chess tournament for the World Champion’s first defeat since 2018
Round 5 Standings: 1st Aronian 11pts 2nd Firouzja 10pts 3rd Carlsen 9pts 4th Caruana 7pts 5th Duda 4pts 6th Tari 1.5pts
Round 6 pairings Sunday 10th Oct 4pm BST: Carlsen-Duda, Tari-Firouzja, Aronian-Caruana.

Megszakadt Carlsen 125 játszmás veretlenségi sorozata, Duda legyőzte a világbajnokoAz örmény Levon Aronjan sötéttel nyert az amerikai Fabiano Caruanánra ellen.  A FIDE színeiben játszó Alireza Firouzja a norvég Aryan Tari ellen nyert.

World Champion 

Magnus Carlsen‘s undefeated streak and “World Record” ends on 125 games after 2 years, 2 months and 10 days as he is beaten by World #15, Poland’s Jan-Krzysztof Duda, in R5 of #NorwayChess.

Tras 800 días ¡Magnus Carlsen pierde una partida de ajedrez clásico! El joven Duda derrotó al campeón mundial en 63 jugadas


No Armageddon today, though Magnus Carlsen losing a game of classical chess feels like the end of the world!

Levon Aronian leads #NorwayChess at the halfway stage, after beating world no. 2 Fabiano Caruana – it’s not often beating the world no. 2 isn’t the day’s most notable result!

Sesse shows a huge advantage for Duda if he plays Bd2, which doesn’t seem like the most obvious move.

Magnus spends 30 minutes on 21…h4?!, which our silicon friends label a serious mistake! Is the 125-game unbeaten streak going to end today?

Duda after ending Carlsen’s 125-game unbeaten streak: “Before this game I was having the worst tournament of my life!”

Carlsen surprised his opponent in the opening, going for an unusual variation of the Caro-Kann. A critical point was reached on move 12:

Duda vs. Carlsen

Position after 11…b5
Duda spent almost 20 minutes deciding on 12.d5, and later confessed that he had not analysed this position deeply enough. At that point, commentators Vladimir Kramnik and Peter Svidler — who substituted Judit Polgar on Saturday — were praising the world champion, comparing him to Garry Kasparov in his prime insofar he not only was the best player but also the player with the best preparation in the circuit.

The Russian duo thought that it was very likely for Carlsen to continue with the strong exchange sacrifice 12…Rxe3, but the Norwegian decided to give up a pawn instead with 12…c5. Carlsen was on the attack, and he did give up an exchange when he got a second chance seven moves later:

Position after 19.Bd2
Black opened up the b-file with 19…Rxa4, and after 20.bxa4 Bf5 21.Rde1 the world champion faltered after thinking for almost half an hour:

Position after 21.Rde1
21…Ng4 was called for at this point, attacking f2 and leaving e5 vacated for the dark-squared bishop, which would create deadly threats against the white king. Carlsen’s 21…h4 was too slow and ended up allowing Duda to consolidate his position in the next ten moves.

Once the Polish grandmaster had a stable advantage, he played a killer blow on move 33:

Position after 32…Qxc4
After 33.Re8+, Black cannot capture with 33…Rxe8 due to the spectacular 34.Rxe8+ Kh7 35.Rh8+ Kxh8 36.Bxg7+ Kxg7 and White is left with a queen against a pair of minor pieces. Carlsen had nothing better than 33…Kh7, agreeing to play the remainder of the game a rook and an exchange down.

The world champion kept trying to create threats against the somewhat vulnerable white king until move 63, when he finally resigned a classical game for the first time in 2 years, 2 months and 10 days.



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Poland’s Jan-Krzysztof Duda catches Magnus Carlsen in a mating net and beats the World Chess Champion!

When Duda beat Magnus for the first time earlier this year Polish President Andrzej Duda congratulated his namesake! Jan-Krzysztof has a great chance to win his first classical game against the World Champion today: