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Magnus Carlsen secured his sixth Norway Chess title with an Armageddon victory over Fabio Caruana


Magnus Carlsen during Norway Chess 2024 in Stavanger. Photo: Carina Johansen / NTB

Of NTB | 07.06.2024 20:43:14

Sport: Before Friday’s decisive round, 1.5 points separated Carlsen from defending champion Hikaru Nakamura.

– It looks pretty good. I’m in a more comfortable situation, and it’s not certain that I have to win (to take the title), Carlsen told TV 2 after Thursday’s victory over Alireza Firouzja.

At the same time that Carlsen opened with white pieces against Caruana, Nakamura had to try to secure victory with black pieces against Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa.

However, Carlsen got off to a good start and took the time to have a little chat with TV 2 after his 12th move.

– I didn’t quite know what I was going to do before we started, but I ended up with a solid opening and I saw that “Pragg” got a very good opening against Nakamura, so then I considered being cynical to go for a draw, said Carlsen and continued:

– But I want to play a bit, and hopefully I will continue solidly and then I have to try not to lose at least.

– I had hoped that I could stand a little better, but I didn’t see anything clear. It looks like Nakamura is fighting for a draw, so I thought it’s okay, Carlsen said after the match.

Carlsen and Caruana thus had to go into armageddon, where the Norwegian was clearly the best and won after 51 moves.

– There is not much I can do about it. I feel that I am tired and it is good to have finished playing chess for now, said Carlsen.

After an hour, however, it became clear that the American had to be satisfied with a draw, and Carlsen thus secured his sixth Norway Chess title.

Carlsen won Norway Chess four years in a row before last year he only finished sixth. His first victory came in 2016.

Carlsen did as he said, but after trying to find a winning variant, he finally had to settle for a draw after 25 moves.

Carlsen still had to wait to cheer for victory, because Nakamura and “Pragg” had not yet finished their long chess game.

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