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Carlsen yells swear word in rage at chess loss

Norwegian chess phenomenon Magnus Carlsen yelled out “faen!”, a Norwegian expletive meaning literally “the devil”, and threw his pen down, after he lost his fourth match at the World Blitz Chess Championship in Berlin on Wednesday.

Carlsen yells swear word in rage at chess loss
Magnus Carlsen at the World blitz in Berlin. Photo: Robert Schlesinger / picture alliance / NTB scanpix
The player’s use of the expletive, which translates more loosely as “shit” or “fuck”, left the polite and understated chess world mildly shocked. 
 
“It is reasonably unusual. It is certainly a breach of how one should behave,” Ian Rogers, the Australian grand master and veteran chess journalist, told Norway's national broadcaster NRK. “I don't think Magnus would have done the same in a long chess game. It would have had far greater consequences.” 
 
After winning the world championship in rapid chess on Monday, Carlsen only managed sixth place in the blitz chess, the first time he has lost a world championship in more than two years. 
 
“I’m very disappointing with myself,” Carlsen told a press conference after the championship. “One thing is the game, but what I’m most disappointed in is how I tackled it.” 
 
“I realize it looks pretty stupid to spin round and round and punch your hands in the air and then storm out like a moron.” 
 
The loss sees another worrying loss of form for Carlsen, who this summer visibly struggled at the Norway Chess tournament in Stavanger, when he lost four matches, coming seventh out of the ten players.
 

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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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