Chess: Carlsen wins title on Tuesday as Alireza Firouzja is erratic | Magnus Carlsen

Chess: Carlsen wins title on Tuesday as Alireza Firouzja is erratic | Magnus Carlsen

Magnus Carlsen hasn’t competed on for over a year, as the website competes directly with, which is owned by the Play Magnus group. It was therefore a shock when the world champion appeared unannounced on the starting line of this week’s Titled Tuesday, an 11-round blitz event with free entry for all internationally titled players.

The Norwegian used 1b3 and 2Bb2 (Larsen Opening) in every game as White, and 1…b6 and 2…Bb7 (Owen Defense) in every game as Black. He still outclassed the field with 10/11, conceding just two draws and beating world top 50 opponents Jeffery Xiong, Grigoriy Oparin and Parham Maghsoodloo.

Meanwhile, the 31-year-old’s longtime rival and popular streamer, Hikaru Nakamura, has offered his thoughts on whether Carlsen will refuse to defend his title against the winner of the eight-man contenders scheduled in Madrid. in June-July. Nakamura’s “no question”! The conclusion is based primarily on Carlsen needing to do more to confirm his status as the undisputed No. 1 ahead of Garry Kasparov.

Alireza Firouzja, the youngest 2800-rated player at 18 and a Candidates favourite, took a five-month hiatus from classic tournaments before returning as the top seed in the elite Superbet Bucharest tournament which ends on Saturday. Bucharest is the first stop on the 2022 Grand Tour, which includes rapid/blitz tournaments in Warsaw and Zagreb ahead of the Sinquefield Cup in St Louis in August.

Asked about his absence, Firouzja replied that he had “lived life and prepared for the candidates”, but his results in Bucharest were mixed. One win, one loss, 3.5/7, plus several errors and miscalculations. Next month in Madrid could be a different story.

Wesley So and Levon Aronian were co-leaders in Bucharest with 4.5/7 with two runs to go. So took a clear fourth-round lead with careful tactics, while Aronian’s sixth-round figure ended in a coup that is featured in this week’s puzzle.

Chess: Carlsen wins title on Tuesday as Alireza Firouzja is erratic |  Magnus Carlsen
Chess: Carlsen wins title on Tuesday as Alireza Firouzja is erratic | Magnus Carlsen

Wesley So against Ian Nepomniachtchi, Bucharest 2022. The same goes for a pawn, but with bishops of the opposite color it seems hard to win. What was So’s winning move? See the puzzle solution below for the answer.

There was a surprise in Richard Rapport against Leinier Domínguez when the Hungarian chose 1 e4 e5 2 Ne2?! (Alapin Opening) to avoid his opponent’s 2 Nf3 Nf6 Petroff, while Fabiano Caruana became the last top player to use the Dilworth, a system devised by a Cheshire Railway employee in the 1940s who remains always viable for both parties.

Indian Dommaraju Gukesh, 15, winner of three top prizes in Spain, and American Hans Niemann, 18, winner of the Capablanca Memorial in Havana and last week’s annual Sigeman in Sweden, are the rising stars of the moment, with ratings rapidly approaching 2700. Next week’s Sharjah Open, with a big prize pool and at least 40 GMs rated above 2600, will test the next generation.

Some feared for longtime England number 1 Michael Adams when the 51-year-old had to face both Niemann and Arjun Erigaisi, also 18, in Malmö, but Adams played a fine tournament, the one of his best in recent years, with six regular draws and then a victory in the final round that took him to the shared second prize and featured a winning lead from Harry the h-pawn. On the other hand, the other veteran, Alexei Shirov, finished last.

Many European cities have outdoor chess games in parks and cafes, and London joined on Thursday with chess tables in Russell Square Gardens. The popular all-day Chessfest in Trafalgar Square will also return on Sunday July 17.

3815: 1…Na4! and the threat Rd8 mate wins decisive material. Seated in Nepomniachtch: 1 Bxf7+! resign. If Kxf7 2 Qc4+ and 3 Qxd4 or if Qxf7 2 Qg4+ and 3 Qxd4, when white exchanges two pawns with bishops of opposite colors, wins easily.

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