Carlsen falls, more than two years after his last setback

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Carlsen falls, more than two years after his last setback


The grandmaster of chess, the Norwegian Magnus Carlsen, was forced to retire on Saturday.


Illustrative photo by Magnus Carlsen.


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Illustrative photo by Magnus Carlsen.


World chess champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway suffered his first defeat in more than two years on Saturday night, stopping his record-breaking streak of unbeaten 125 games in a row.

During the Norway Chess tournament in Stavanger, which marks the resumption of physical competition after months of hiatus due to the coronavirus, the Pole Jan-Krzysztof Duda managed to force the 29-year-old world number one, champion of the undisputed world since 2013.

“Extremely disappointing” and “completely unforgivable,” Carlsen said sorry after his loss, brought on by the rapid loss of a madman.

Duda, 15th in the world, said he was “very happy, obviously”. “I didn’t expect to win this game,” the 22-year-old Pole told Chess 24 in an interview.

This sensational defeat for Carlsen, who has been a grandmaster since he was 13 and has dominated the chess world for years, is the first in more than two years and two months.

The last to have beaten him was until then the great Azerbaijani master Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, on July 31, 2018. The unbeaten streak in 125 games breaks down into 44 wins and 81 draws.

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