Magnus Carlsen (31) does not rest on his laurels. After only two weeks of rest, he will try to defend his World Cup titles also in fast and lightning chess.
– It is important for me to have all three World Cup titles, Magnus Carlsen told VG after he had defended the World Cup title in classic chess in Dubai.
Carlsen was the first reigning world champion in classic chess, fast chess and lightning chess at the same time in 2014. In 2019 he copied the feat, and after the championship in 2020 had to be canceled due to the pandemic, he has now had all three titles for two consecutive years.
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He has suggested that the showdown in Dubai in November / December may be his last World Cup match in classic chess. On the other hand, there is nothing to indicate that he intends to go with the World Cup in fast and lightning chess – which goes like a tournament.
– Already during the championship here in Dubai, Magnus said that he was looking forward to the World Cup in speed and lightning. It is more pleasurable for him than a tough World Cup match, dad Henrik Carlsen explained to VG after the victory over Jan Nepomnyashchij.
– That Magnus has always participated and always mentioned the World Championships in fast and lightning chess as important, is definitely a reason for very increasing prestige for the championship in recent years, says NRK’s chess expert Torstein Bae.
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As usual, NRK will have wall-to-wall coverage of the World Cup in fast and lightning chess, which this time takes place in Warsaw. There is fast chess on days 26-28. December and then lightning chess on 29 and 30 December.
– I think he has big ambitions this time too, and that the opportunity to take another triple crown is a further plus. This is pleasurable for him in a completely different way than the World Cup in long chess, and now that it is well over, I think he is looking forward to kicking off five days of chess at a high pace, says Bae.
These are Magnus Carlsen’s 13 World Cup titles from before:
Classic chess: 2013, 2014, 2016, 2018 and 2021.
Speed Chess: 2014, 2015 and 2019.
Lightning Chess: 2009, 2014, 2017, 2018 and 2019.
The 2020 World Cup had to be canceled due to the pandemic.
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Magnus Carlsen has thus done the very best in lightning chess with three World Cup titles in a row.
Of course, he also tops the rating in fast and lightning chess. In fast chess, it is the Chinese Ding Liren and American Hikaru Nakamura who are closest to him.
Nakamura is number two in lightning chess, followed by the Russian Vladislav Artemjev.
Hikaru Nakamura does not currently have any World Cup titles and is probably extra hungry to win one of the titles. The American won bronze in fast chess both in 2018 and 2019. In lightning chess he was number two behind Carlsen in 2019 – and also has two bronze medals to look back on from earlier.
World Champions since 2012:
- 2012: Fast: Sergei Karjakin, last: Aleksandr Grishtsjuk.
- 2013: Fast: Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, line: Le Quang Liem.
- 2014: Fast: Magnus Carlsen, lightning: Magnus Carlsen.
- 2015: Fast: Magnus Carlsen, last: Aleksandr Grisjtsjuk.
- 2016: Hurtig: Vassily Ivantsjuk, lyn: Sergej Karjakin.
- 2017: Fast: Viswanathan Anand, lightning: Magnus Carlsen.
- 2018: Fast: Daniil Dubov, lightning: Magnus Carlsen.
- 2019: Fast: Magnus Carlsen, lightning: Magnus Carlsen.
Other Norwegian participants: Aryan Tari, Johan-Sebastian Christiansen and Kristian Stuvik Holm.