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Magnus Carlsen wins rapid chess world title

Norwegian chess superstar Magnus Carlsen has been crowned the world champion in rapid chess once again, after a thrilling three day defence of last year’s title in Berlin.

Magnus Carlsen wins rapid chess world title
Magnus Carlsen at a football match between Vålerenga and Real Madrid in August. Photo: Vegard Wivestad Grøtt / NTB scanpix
“I dare to take some more chances than they do. I’m just a little more brutal,” the 24-year-old told NRK after his final match with Azerbaijani grandmaster Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. 
 
He said that although he had powered through all fifteen matched in the tournament without losing a single game, almost none of the matches had been an easy ride. 
 
“It is important not to let the results affect you too much and you shouldn’t be afraid of draws when you play in a tournament of 15 rounds,” he said. “There were many games which could have gone either way for me, but I always had a little more time and a little bit of control of position.”
 
The result sees Carlsen bouncing back from his loss of form at the Norway Chess championships in Stavanger in June, when he lost four matches, coming seventh out of the ten players. 
 
Carlsen said his chess game had changes since he was younger, when he was more competitive and hated to lose. 
 
“I’m becoming a fox, an experienced player. I win most of the games that could tilt either way.” 
 
He said he was looking forward to the Blitz chess championships on Tuesday. 
 

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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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