Carlsen’s record of 125 games and two years of unbeaten streak...

Carlsen’s record of 125 games and two years of unbeaten streak...
Carlsen’s record of 125 games and two years of unbeaten streak...
World champion Magnus Carlsen’s record of 125 straight games without defeat has come to an unexpected end. The 29-year-old from Oslo led the Altibox Norway tournament after four rounds, having just met his US rival and world no. 2 Fabiano Caruana had defeated.

Carlsen’s opponent in the fifth round last Saturday, Jan-Krzysztof Duda. had lost all of his previous four and the 22-year-old Pole considered it the worst result of his life. Then, after a routine Caro-Kann defense, Carlsen suppressed and found himself hopelessly on material.

Carlsen’s record can never be broken, if only because the virus has reduced activity overboard so much. His previous defeat in classical chess came in July 2018.

Carlsen is still controversial in the second half at Stavanger, but there is a possibility of another shock when ex-Iranian Alireza Firouzja took the lead with four laps to go. The 17 year old is aiming for one of the best results from a player his age.

Live coverage from Stavanger will continue daily (starting at 4 p.m.) until October 16 on norwaychess.no/en

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Black (to move) is material down and is threatened by Qa8 or Qc7 with immediate partner. How did he turn the tables? The puzzle is from The Complete Chess Swindler by David Smerdon (New To Chess, £ 16), a fun guide to imaginative play by an Australian grandmaster and behavioral economist.

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