Poland’s Jan-Krzysztof Duda beat Magnus Carlsen in Round 5
of Norway Chess, becoming the first player to defeat the World Chess Champion
in a classical game since Shakhriyar Mamedyarov shocked Magnus in Biel 2 years,
2 months and 10 days ago. Duda’s win overshadowed the fact that world no. 2
Fabiano Caruana also lost, to Levon Aronian, with the Armenian no. 1 taking
over as the tournament leader. In second place is 17-year-old Alireza Firouzja,
who won his 4th match in 5 by defeating Aryan Tari. (MORE LATER)
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And here’s the day’s live commentary from Vladimir Kramnik
and Peter Svidler, with the 8-time Russian Champion filling Judit Polgar’s
boots for one day.
It was a momentous day for Polish sport with 19-year-old Iga
Świątek also winning the French Open, but 22-year-old Duda’s feat was every bit
as astonishing, especially as it was his first win of an event which he said
had to this point been one of the worst of his life! Here’s Jan-Krzysztof
talking to Fiona Steil-Antoni after the game.
That game knocked Magnus from 1st to 3rd place, with Levon
Aronian and Alireza Firouzja seizing their chance to overtake him.
Come back later for player quotes and analysis!