Magnus Carlsen of Norway won the World Chess Championship again in the rapid game variants (rapid) and lightning (blitz). Being already world champion in the classic method of play, with these last two victories he now again holds all existing world titles.
No player before Carlsen had ever managed to reach what is called la in jargon Triple crown. The Norwegian, who is now 32 years old and has been world champion (in the classic method) continuously since 2013, had already managed to obtain it for the first time in 2014 and then again in 2019.
In the classic version of the game of chess, each player is allowed more than 60 minutes for reflection, which can increase during the game. In quick games, the time allowed to a player can go from 10 to 60 minutes, while with the quick time, less than 10 minutes are usually allowed to finish a game.
In Almaty, Kazakhstan, where the World Blitz and Blitz Championships were held last week, 15 minutes plus 10 additional seconds per move were allowed in the first case, and 3 minutes per game with two additional seconds in the second.
In the rapid tournament, 13 games were scheduled, each of which awarded 1 point for a win and half a point for a draw. Carlsen scored 10 points out of a maximum of 13 available: just half a point more than the 18-year-old German Vincent Keymer and the Italian-American Fabiano Caruana, who finished second and third.
There were 21 matches per player in the blitz tournament. Carlsen won it by scoring 16 points out of 21 available, one more than the American of Japanese origin Hikaru Nakamura, runner-up. Carlsen had also risked losing the first game (and therefore probably the tournament) by forfeiting, having shown up late in the hall with just 30 seconds available. But then he had recovered by playing very quickly together with his opponent and from there he started to win.
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His third Triple Crown, however, will not last long. In fact, Carlsen has already made it known that he will not play to defend the classic world title that he has held uninterruptedly for eight years. He was supposed to do it next April against Russian Ian Nepomniachtchi, but last July he said he didn’t feel motivated enough to think about participating, without specifying why.
After the titles he won in Kazakhstan, however, he looked rather cheery. In a video published online he started counting up to fifteen with his fingers, like the world titles won so far in his career, writing: «In a while I’ll need more hands».
In recent months he had been talked about above all for the clash he had with the nineteen-year-old Hans Niemann, publicly accused (not only by Carlsen) of being an unfair player and resorting to tricks to cheat during matches: in one of these, last autumn, he had beaten Carlsen to general astonishment.
The affair between the two is not over, but in the meantime, at the Almaty World Championships, Niemann finished in 98th place in the rapid tournament and around the fiftieth position in the flash one, making himself talked about only for a few wrong moves that they surprised opponents too.
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