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Ten year old defeats chess no.1 Carlsen

It's not every ten-year old who can claim to have forced the world's number one chess grandmaster into submission.

Ten year old defeats chess no.1 Carlsen
Magnus Carlsen - Club de Ajedrez Linex-Magic
But Ram Aravind, a student at Chennai's Vaishnav College, was one of four students who on Monday managed to check-mate Norwegian chess genius Magnus Carlsen,  who is in the city to prepare for his coming World Championship match.
 
Carlsen played simultaneous chess with twenty students, drawing with six of them, and losing to four. 
 
Carlsen congratulated the students on their victories: "They were talented. Especially tactically they were good and could beat a Norwegian with a little jet lag." 
 
"I'm a little surprised," Aravind told India's PTI news wire. 
 

Carlsen is in India to inspect conditions at the venue, the Hotel Hyatt Regency in Chennai, before taking on the reigning world champion, 22-year-old Vishy Anand on 6 November. 
 

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Norway chess champ defeated for first time in two years

World chess champion Magnus Carlsen has suffered his first defeat in more than two years and a record 125 games, while playing a tournament in his native Norway.

Norway chess champ defeated for first time in two years
Magnus Carlsen at the Energy Denmark Champions in Copenhagen in May 2019. Photo: Claus Bech / Ritzau Scanpix / AFP
The world number one resigned after when he was a bishop down in the endgame against Polish grandmaster Jan-Krzysztof Duda, who is ranked a relatively humble number 15 in the world.
   
But on Saturday evening, 22-year-old Duda managed to do what no one — including the world's top 10 players — had managed to do since July 2018.   
 
It was Duda's only win of the tournament in Stavanger so far and, as he told Chess 24 afterwards, “I didn't expect to win this game.”
   
But he was, he said “extremely happy, obviously”.
   
Carlsen, who is often tough on himself in post-game analysis, offered no excuses. “Extremely disappointing”, he said: “Completely unforgivable”.
   
Carlsen's undefeated run stretches all the way back to July 31, 2018, when Azerbaijani grandmaster Shakhriyar Mamedyarov defeated him. During that time, Carlsen scored 44 wins and 81 draws against his opponents.
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