Carlsen thinks rules are absolutely idiotic

Et are exciting days for Magnus Carlsen. First he won the world championship in classical chess, then he indicated that it might have been his last defense of his title, then he went to the more popular variant of rapid chess at the World Cup – and to his annoyance missed the overall victory there.

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Because the favored Carlsen lost his world title in rapid chess to the only 17-year-old Nodirbek Abdusattorow. The Uzbek duped the prominent competition and, quite surprisingly, prevailed at the tournament in Warsaw. For Carlsen, who again became world champion in classical chess two weeks ago against the Russian Jan Nepomnjaschtschi, it was only enough to finish third on Tuesday evening.

After the scheduled 13 rounds, four players showed 9.5 points, the regulations stipulated that only the two best placed in a jump-off should win the world title among themselves. Thus Carlsen was out of the running, and Abdusattorow ultimately defeated Nepomnyashchi. “It’s a big win, but I’ll play even better,” the teenager from Uzbekistan announced on Norwegian broadcaster NRK.

In the end, Abdusattorow had the best rating of those four tied players. In the event of a tie, the regulations stipulated that the first two would play off. As third place with equal points, top favorite Carlsen was out of the race – and then spoke of “an absolutely idiotic rule”. Rapid chess is played with 15 minutes per player plus ten seconds per move.




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