Magnus Carlsen wins $70,000 as he triumphs in richest online chess tournament ever

Magnus Carlsen wins $70,000 as he triumphs in richest online chess tournament ever
Magnus Carlsen wins $70,000 as he triumphs in richest online

Magnus Carlsen wins $70,000 as he triumphs in richest online chess tournament ever

Appropriately, the Norwegian grandmaster conquered the American Hikaru Nakamura during the final of the Magnus Carlsen Invitational, his homonymous event.

With a total prize of $ 250,000, the tournament is the most lucrative online chess tournament in history and was organized by Carlsen to fill the void chess void.
Magnus Carlsen wins $70,000 as he triumphs in richest online
Magnus Carlsen wins $70,000 as he triumphs in richest online
Carlsen and seven other grand chess masters competed over 16 days, including 16-year-old Iranian sensation Alireza Firouzja, who finished sixth, winning $ 20,000.

In the final, Carlsen defeated the highest-rated blitz player in the world 2.5: 1.5, then calling his victory “big deal”.

“It was difficult but happy to have succeeded,” said the 29-year-old. “It’s a big problem. Obviously, it would have been a disappointment if I hadn’t done it, I’m not going to lie.
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“But I’m really very happy to beat Hikaru [Nakamura] today but especially to have succeeded against Ding [Liren]. I never felt like I was at full speed this tournament and I am so happy to have succeeded. I don’t know how it ranks. It’s certainly one of a kind so far. ”

While the contestants generally remained stoic and silent during the matches, during Carlsen’s spectacular semi-final victory over “ The Chinese Wall ” Ding Liren, we could hear him swear and see him frown.

“I don’t remember being as satisfied with a victory as I was today,” he said. “I haven’t felt that kind of tension in a long time. It’s not pleasant for the players at all.”

Carlsen faces Daniil Dubov at the 82nd Tata Steel chess tournament.

Viewers were offered live streams from both players during games, as well as live commentary from former great chess masters.

And Carlsen believes the tournament format has been a success and could be a viable substitute when players are unable to compete for face to face.

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“I think the format worked pretty well. A lot of excitement, especially with the semi-finals,” he said.

“I think they were some of the best chess entertainment we’ve seen in a long time. It all depends on what others think but personally, I couldn’t be happier with the way it all went.”

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