Indian teenager Donnarumma Gukesh has become the youngest player to defeat Magnus Carlsen since the Norwegian became world champion almost a decade ago.
At 16 years, four months and 20 days, Gukesh broke the previous record of his compatriot Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa when he defeated the world champion at the age of 16 years six months and 10 days in February.
“Obviously beating Magnus is always special, but I wasn’t too proud of that game,” Gukesh said in a press release after beating Carlsen at Aimchess Rapid on Sunday.
Carlsen seemed to be in control, two pawns up after the opening, risking his queen until he made a key miss on his 25th move.
“I was really disappointed because I saw an easy way to win, but I thought I saw something easier, but I didn’t see his threat to capture the queen in the middle of the board,” Carlsen said. According to Chess24.com.
Realizing the double threat to his kings, Carlsen spent nearly seven minutes mulling over his options for his next move, visibly frustrated with himself.
He continued to play, tossing and turning in his chair and shaking his head, but was unable to undo the damage and resigned shortly thereafter.
It was Carlsen’s second defeat in two days against one of India’s top teenagers at Aimchess Rapid after losing to 19-year-old Arjun Erigaisi.
On the first day of the tournament, the Norwegian star almost suffered another defeat against another 16-year-old from India – Aditya Mittal – but survived the two most dangerous moments to equalise.
“Pragg is the only one I’ve lost multiple times. As for Arjun and Gukesh: I have won Arjun overall; Very similar to Gukesh,” Carlsen said in a press release.
“I think Gukesh has been very impressive in classical chess recently. Perhaps this quick win wasn’t his proudest effort, although it’s always nice to get a win.”
Carlsen, who started the tournament chasing his fifth win on the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour this year, also suffered a shock defeat against 18-year-old Shakhriyar Mamedyarov of Azerbaijan.