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Magnus Carlsen vs Sergey Karjakin: World Chess Championship tie earns brickbats

Magnus Carlsen, the reigning world champion and world number one, has not found the going easy in his world chess championship title match with Russia’s Sergey Karjakin. The format of the finals has been criticised by many

other sports Updated: Nov 30, 2016 16:18 IST
Siddharth Vishwanathan
Magnus Carlsen has been stretched by Sergey Karjakin in the world chess championship as the contest enters the tie-break stage.
Magnus Carlsen has been stretched by Sergey Karjakin in the world chess championship as the contest enters the tie-break stage.(AFP)

Magnus Carlsen is the face of dominance in world chess. At 24 years of age, he is the reigning world champion and he is the world number one. He has an ELO rating of 2853 in classic, 2894 in rapid and 2873 in blitz. He has brushed aside legends like Viswanathan Anand and modern chess masters like Fabiano Caruana, Hikaru Nakamura. His achievements make him one of the modern-day greats of world chess.

However, in the ongoing world chess championship against Russia’s Sergey Karjakin (26), he has been stretched to his limit. Karjakin has made Carlsen look mortal. For the first time in his career, Carlsen has shown signs of vulnerability. In the 12 classical games, Carlsen trailed for the first time.

Highlights
  • The last time World Chess Championship game entered tie-break stage was the 2012 clash between Viswanathan Anand and Boris Gelfand
  • Magnus Carlsen lost the eighth game while Sergey Karajkin won the 10th game in 2016 tournament
  • Tie-breakers will feature four rapid games and a sudden death ‘Armageddon’ if rapid games end in a tie

With the tournament heading into rapid tie-breakers and a potential ‘Armageddon’ sudden death, Carlsen will be the favorite. However, there is no denying the fact that Karjakin’s performance in the world championship has set the chess world buzzing.

Modern chess Grandmasters and writers have taken to Twitter to discuss on how the Carlsen-Karjakin contest has shaped the chess discourse. Some have appreciated the style of play of both these players, while some have criticised the defensive play adopted by the players. Some have also criticised the scheduling of the rest games.