The world chess champion, Norway’s Magnus Carlsen, suffered his first defeat in more than two years on Saturday, leaving the number of games unbeaten at 125.
At the Norway Chess tournament in Stavanger, which marks the resumption of physical competition after months of interruption due to the coronavirus, the Polish Jan-Krzysztof Duda managed to push the 29-year-old world number one, uncontested world champion since 2013, to abandonment.
“Extremely disappointing” and “completely unforgivable,” Carlsen lamented after his loss, triggered by the rapid loss of a bishop.
Duda, the fifteenth world player, said he was “obviously very happy.” “I did not expect to win this game,” the 22-year-old Pole confided in an interview with specialized media Chess 24.
This sensational defeat for Carlsen, a grandmaster since he was 13, is his first in more than two years and two months.
The last to have defeated him was the Azeri Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, on July 31, 2018. The series of 125 undefeated games is broken down into 44 victories and 81 tables.