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Finish Of An Period: Magnus Carlsen Performs Final Classical Video games As World Champion


Chess historical past approaches the top of an period as GM Magnus Carlsen, for the primary time since 2013, will quickly not be the world champion. He performed what is anticipated to be his closing classical recreation whereas holding the title on Sunday, March 5. Whereas he’ll proceed to play classical chess and is the number-one rated participant on the earth, a brand new world champion will probably be topped in Could on the FIDE World Chess Championship 2023.

Over the weekend, Carlsen performed three video games on the Norwegian Crew League 2022-2023 in Oslo. Representing his chess membership, Offerspill, the world champion performed White and gained his first two video games towards Norwegian gamers, FM Levi Andre Tallaksen and GM Jon Ludvig Hammer, earlier than making a draw with Black towards English GM David Howell.

His relationship with the latter extends past 20 years, to childhood after they competed in world-class junior occasions, making it a memorable ending to at least one chapter in Carlsen’s life and the historical past of chess. 

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In an interview after his recreation with Howell, Kaja Snare requested Carlsen if this was a big day for him. He responded: “Not likely. Effectively, by way of league, sure, however by way of world championship, I’ve kind of mentally been completed with that some time in the past.”

Requested about how he felt in regards to the prospect of not holding the world title in classical chess, he replied: “I nonetheless have two titles,” alluding to the truth that he’s nonetheless the world champion of blitz and speedy chess. 

After the draw, Howell mentioned: “Clearly it is an honor to be part of historical past like that, however I actually needed to place extra stress on. I needed to win … type of combined emotions. However I can not complain an excessive amount of.” He talked about that he has nonetheless not crushed a reigning world champion.

Carlsen’s crew finally gained the prolonged crew match, which began in November 2022. His score elevated almost one level (+0.6) from these three video games, leaving him at 2852. The world’s number-two participant, GM Ian Nepomniachtchi, is rated 2795. 

Offerspill featured a number of different high grandmasters, together with GMs Jorden van Foreest, Praggnanandhaa R, and Aryan Tari.














# Membership Identify Score Rating
1 Offerspill 2651 18
2 Vålerenga 2509 15
3 OSS 2450 14
4 SK 1911 2315 8
5 Asker 2120 8
6 Bergens 2286 7
7 Stavanger 2234 7
8 Tromsø 2259 6
9 Nordstrand 2311 5
10 Hell 2147 2

(See full outcomes right here.)

IM Levy Rozman made a video analyzing the ultimate two video games, embedded under. 

Except for doable Titled Tuesday appearances, Carlsen’s subsequent main occasion will probably be the Champions Chess Tour Occasion 2, which is scheduled for April 3-7. By profitable Division I of the primary occasion, Carlsen has certified to Division I of that occasion as nicely.

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