World chess champion Magnus Carlsen suffers first defeat in more than two years, loses to Jan-Krzysztof Duda
Polish grandmaster Jan-Krzysztof Duda brought an end to Magnus Carlsen's 125 games unbeaten streak.
Oslo: World chess champion Magnus Carlsen has suffered his first defeat in more than two years and a record 125 games, while playing a tournament in his native Norway.
The world number one resigned after when he was a bishop down in the endgame against Polish grandmaster Jan-Krzysztof Duda, who is ranked a relatively humble number 15 in the world.
But on Saturday evening, 22-year-old Duda managed to do what no one — including the world's top 10 players — had managed to do since July 2018.
Jan-Krzysztof Duda after ending Magnus Carlsen's 125-game unbeaten streak: "I'm very happy, obviously! I didn't expect to win this game at all"
"I almost blundered checkmate in 1 move!" https://t.co/JvNt54EQba #c24live #NorwayChess pic.twitter.com/P7S3j031gm
— chess24.com (@chess24com) October 10, 2020
It was Duda's only win of the tournament in Stavanger so far and, as he told Chess 24 afterwards, "I didn't expect to win this game."
But he was, he said "extremely happy, obviously".
Carlsen, who is often tough on himself in post-game analysis, offered no excuses. "Extremely disappointing", he said: "Completely unforgivable".
Carlsen's undefeated run stretches all the way back to July 31, 2018, when Azerbaijani grandmaster Shakhriyar Mamedyarov defeated him. During that time, Carlsen scored 44 wins and 81 draws against his opponents.
Das, 21, reported to the national camp at the National Institute of Sport (NIS) in Patiala recently.
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Irving addressed the issue on Instagram Live on Wednesday, confirming that he hoped to be back on the floor with teammates eventually.