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World chess champion Magnus Carlsen suffered his first defeat in more than two years and a record 125 matches, while playing a tournament in his native Norway.
The world number one has resigned after serving as a late-game bishop against Polish grandmaster Jan-Krzysztof Duda, who is ranked relatively lowly number 15 in the world.
But on Saturday night, 22-year-old Duda managed to do what no one – including the world’s top 10 – had managed to do since July 2018.
It was Duda’s only victory 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, of course.”
Carlsen, who is often hard on himself in the post-match analysis, offered no apologies. “Extremely disappointing”, he said: “Completely unforgivable”.
Carlsen’s unbeaten run dates back to July 31, 2018, when Azerbaijani Grandmaster Shakhriyar Mamedyarov defeated him. Meanwhile, Carlsen scored 44 wins and 81 draws against his opponents.
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