Magnus Carlsen's 125-game unbeaten streak comes to an end

Global champion Carlsen, whose unbeaten run had stretched again 125 video games — or two years, two months and 10 days — was once downed by means of international No. 15 Duda in spherical 5 of the Norway Chess event.

Carlsen’s earlier defeat in classical chess got here towards Shakhriyar Mamedyarov in July 2018.

Jan-Krzysztof Duda (left) downed Magnus Carlsen in the Norway Chess tournament.Jan-Krzysztof Duda (left) downed Magnus Carlsen in the Norway Chess tournament.

“It needed to occur one day,” the Norwegian mentioned of the defeat. “However after all, it is very, very disappointing.”

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Duda’s win capped off a stellar day for Polish recreation because it got here scorching at the heels of Iga Swiatek profitable the French Open — the rustic’s first grand slam singles identify. High Minister Mateusz Morawiecki took to Twitter to congratulate each Duda and Swiatek on their victories.
Jan-Krzysztof Duda (left) hands Magnus Carlsen his first defeat in more than two years in classical chess during the Norway Chess tournament.Jan-Krzysztof Duda (left) hands Magnus Carlsen his first defeat in more than two years in classical chess during the Norway Chess tournament.

“I am truly satisfied, clearly, I did not be expecting to win this recreation in any respect,” Duda advised chess24.

“I wasn’t more than pleased with my play so I believed shedding to Magnus is not anything horrible in any respect. That was once stress-free me, (considering) k, it isn’t a large deal bearing in mind the video games I performed previous on this event.”

Revenge got here all of a sudden for Carlsen. Within the 6th spherical, he confronted Duda once more and this time defeated his opponent in 26 strikes.

Norway Chess, which runs from October five to 16 within the town of Stavanger, is the primary elite-level in-person event since competitions moved on-line amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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