And although the five-time world champion struggled to get back into the game, Bragg didn’t give him a chance, and he eventually stuck to a famous victory in the Speed Chess Championship.
When it became clear that victory was certain, the achievement seemed to blew up on Bragg, as he covered his mouth with his hand in shock.
It was Bragg’s first victory over Carlsen, and he became the youngest player to defeat Carlsen since the star became world champion in 2013.
He also became the third Indian senior captain to beat the Norwegian after Viswanathan Anand and Bentala Harikrishna.
“It’s time to go to bed, as I don’t think I’ll have dinner at 2.30 in the morning.”
Perhaps the result was not expected before it began. Carlsen won three straight games as he looked to warm up, while Bragg finished off the first day of the Earthings Masters with three straight defeats.
However, when the two clashed, the 16-year-old seemed resolute, eventually beating the chess legend in 39 moves.
Bragg is one of the most rising stars of chess and has been nominated for great things since he was young.
In 2016, he became the youngest international professor in history at the age of 10, and many people predicted that he could be a contender for the title in the coming years.
His famous victory over Carlsen was praised by some well-known citizens.
“Best wishes for a long and successful chess career. You have made India proud!”
For Carlsen, it was a devastating defeat in Carlsen’s hunt to add another trophy to his already prestigious collection.
The 31-year-old contracted Covid-19 in the days leading up to the tournament, and it is believed his game is being affected by the effects of the virus he is still feeling.
“It was a little bit better today, but the first couple of days I was feeling fine, but I didn’t have the energy that made it hard to focus because every time I tried to think, I got it wrong. It was a little bit better today, but it’s still really bad.”
Despite his stammer, Carlsen managed to lift himself to second place in the Airthings Masters standings, seven points behind leader Ian Nepomnyashchi.
Russia’s Nepomnyakhchi are well positioned to qualify for the next stage of the competition, with eight players making the cut from the preliminary round from the preliminary round to the knockout stage that begins on Wednesday.
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