RussiaMagnus Carlsen’s journey to win the first World Cup was stopped by Polish opponent Jan-Krzysztof Duda in the semi-finals on the evening of August 3.

After drawing both standard chess games, Carlsen and Duda separated by a series of quick chess games on the evening of August 3. Duda took white in the first quick game, but only drew. In the second game, despite holding a black piece, the number one Polish player suddenly won in the endgame of the same color. The victory put Duda in the final against Sergey Karjakin, while the Norwegian chess king competed for third place with Vladimir Fedoseev.

Carlsen (left) lost to Duda again in an important match.  Photo: FIDE

Carlsen (left) lost to Duda again in an important match. Photo: FIDE

“This defeat hurts,” Carlsen wrote Twitter. “But I also congratulate Duda and Karjakin for reaching the final. I am also pleased with my progress in this tournament. That will help a lot for the defense of the Chess King at the end.”

Carlsen continued to be ungrateful with the World Cup, having never reached the final in this knockout tournament. Through 11 World Cups, Carlsen has only participated in four times in 2005, 2007, 2017 and 2021. His best performance is the semi-finals in 2007 and 2021. In 2017, he was eliminated by Bo Tuong Chi (China). eliminated in round 1/16.

Duda is also not an easy opponent to play with Carlsen. It was the 23-year-old Polish player who ended Carlsen’s 125-game unbeaten streak in October 2020. At that time Duda beat Carlsen in the fifth game of the Norwegian Super League. He is considered a challenger to the future Chess King.

In the World Cup final, Duda and Karjakin also earned a place in the Candidates 2022 tournament. This tournament will choose the winner to compete for the throne of Chess King. At Candidates 2020, which was postponed to 2021, Ian Nepomniachtchi finished first and will challenge Carlsen later this year.

The World Chess Cup takes place every two years, bringing together 128 knockout players. Each ceiling consists of two standard chess games, changing the color of pieces. If there is a tie, the two players take turns to play two more quick games, then two more blitz games.

The 2021 World Cup will take place from July 12 to August 6 in Sochi, Russia. Vietnam had two seats but did not attend.

Xuan Binh


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