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Meet Donnarumma Gukesh, Youngest Chess Player Who Created History By Defeating Magnus Carlsen

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Source- Sports Tiger

Indian teenager Donnarumma Gukesh on Sunday scripted history by defeating Magnus Carlsen in the ongoing Aimchess Rapid online tournament, becoming the youngest player ever to beat him as world champion. Gukesh beat the Norwegian with white in the 9th round. It was Carlsen’s second loss in two days against the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour. On Saturday, he went down yesterday to 19-year-old Arjun Erigaisi.


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Aged 16 years, four months and 20 days old, Gukesh broke the previous record held by his compatriot Rameshbabu Praggnanndhaa who defeated the world champion in February when he was 16 years six months and 10 days old.

The Aimchess Rapid tournament is the eighth of nine events on the $1.6 million 2022 Meltwater Champions Tour. A total of 16 players took part in the tournament, including five from India. The event commenced on October 14 and will be concluding on the coming Friday.

Despite defeating someone like Magnus Carlsen, Gukesh wasn’t impressed with his own play. “Obviously, beating Magnus is always special but I was not really very proud of that game,” the 16-year-old was quoted by as saying.


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Magnus Carlsen was quoted saying, “Pragg is the only one I’ve lost multiple times to. As for Arjun and Gukesh: Arjun I’ve generally beaten; Gukesh is very similar. I think Gukesh has been extremely impressive in classical chess recently.  Perhaps this rapid win wasn’t his proudest effort, even though getting a win is always nice.”

Carlsen, a five-time World Chess champion, has the distinction of holding the World Championship, Blitz Championship, and Rapid Chess Championships, all at once. He famously won the World Chess Championship in 2013, beating India’s Vishwanathan Anand. He also won the Blitz Championship in 2014.

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