Magnus Carlsen: "I cannot explain my decisions during games even to myself"

Время публикации: 26.06.2015 01:03 | Последнее обновление: 26.06.2015 01:13

For Magnus Carlsen the beginning, continuation, and finish of Norway Chess 2015 were equally disastrous. In the final round he lost to his countryman, friend and second, Jon Ludvig Hammer, the weakest player in the tournament. Magnus chose a weird opening and then, after tough defence, missed simple 27...c5 with rough equality, losing in a few moves instead. His opponent tied for the last place with Levon Aronian even after this success; the World Champion himself scored only half a point more, taking 7th place and losing 23 rating points.

Meanwhile, Carlsen is remaining in the firm lead in the world rating list, as the gap between him and his nearest rivals (Anand and Topalov, who both improved their positions as a result of Norway Chess 2015) is still almost 40 rating points.

Carlsen has commented briefly on the result on his Facebook official page. He is frustrated but his spirit hasn't been broken and he doesn't say anything about "giving up chess" as some people would do:

"Finished Norway Chess with a loss to Jon Ludvig Hammer, congrats! Nothing went according to plan in this tournament. It's just extremely frustrating not to be able to show anything close to what I am capable of in my home country, making decisions during games that I cannot even explain to myself. Anyway, I have not lost belief in my ability to play chess and I hope neither have you guys! My next tournament will be in Saint Louis in August".

[Event "3rd Norway Chess 2015"] [Site "Stavanger NOR"] [Date "2015.06.25"] [Round "9"] [White "Hammer,J"] [Black "Carlsen,M"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2677"] [BlackElo "2876"] [EventDate "2015.06.17"] [ECO "D30"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 a6 4. Bg5 f6 5. Bd2 dxc4 6. e3 Nc6 7. Bxc4 Bd6 8. e4 Nge7 9. O-O O-O 10. Qb3 Kh8 11. Bxe6 Bxh2+ 12. Kxh2 Qd6+ 13. Kh1 Bxe6 14. d5 Bg8 15. Qa3 Qxa3 16. Nxa3 Na7 17. Bb4 Rfe8 18. Rac1 Rac8 19. Nd4 f5 20. f3 fxe4 21. fxe4 Ng6 22. Nf5 Rxe4 23. Bc3 Bxd5 24. Bxg7+ Kg8 25. Bd4 Rxd4 26. Nxd4 Bxa2 27. b3 Rd8 28. Ne6 Rd2 29. Rc3 Re2 30. Nf4 Rb2 31. Nxg6 hxg6 32. Rxc7 Rxb3 33. Rd1 Nc6 34. Rdd7 1-0


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