Magnus Carlsen, the reigning world chess champion didn’t manage to hang on to the title in rapid chess. On Wednesday, Magnus let out an angry scream of frustration over an opening loss. Carlsen ended up with a bronze medal.
The FIDE World Chess Rapid and Blitz Championships 2016 is being held in Doha, Qatar this week. Though, it got off to a bad start for Carlsen on Monday and Tuesday, with two losses and two ties.
The scream on Wednesday came right after he lost to Ukrainian Anton Korobov in the first round of the day. It was an astonishing loss caused by an error on Carlsen’s part. Carlsen ran up the stairs of the arena soon after the game to his private lounge from which he let out the scream. The scream was heard all over the otherwise quiet main floor.
The rest of the day went much better with the world champion crushing through the next four and final rounds. Magnus called his victory in game 12 over Indian player Santosh Gujrathi Vidit “crucial” because he still had the chance to retain his rapid chess championship title at that point. Furthermore, He went on to beat Alexander Riazantsev(Russia), Ian Nepomniachtchi (Russia) and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan).
However, the man from Ukraine who had beaten Carlsen in the decisive Game 7 on Tuesday, Vassily Ivanchuk finished as the new Rapid World Champion
Later, Carlsen said “I can only congratulate Ivanchuk. If there’s anyone I want to succeed, it’s him. He has been a classic player for 30 years. He deserved this”.
21 quick games will be played on Thursday with Carlsen ready to hit back hard and win back the blitz championship that he lost to Grischuk after being the only chess player to simultaneously hold all three world championship titles in classical, rapid and blitz chess.
Here is the match which Carlsen lost: