The Dutch grandmaster Anish Giri stunted in the fourth round of the Wijk aan Zee chess tournament on Tuesday with a victory over Magnus Carlsen. The Norwegian world champion lost after 35 moves.
Carlsen opted for an opening with black that led to success a long time ago in a major tournament, but with the difference that he then played with the white pieces. The gamble turned out wrong and Giri quickly took the initiative in the game with white.
Giri then kept Carlsen under pressure with a sophisticated attacking game. When the world number one realized that defeat was inevitable, he shook hands with his opponent. The two sat at the board for a long time to talk about the game.
The 28-year-old Giri had to wait years for a new victory over the four years older Carlsen in classical chess. The current number seven in the world surprised the Norwegian grandmaster in 2011 at the age of sixteen by beating him in 22 moves. Even then, Wijk aan Zee was the setting.
Giri took the lead in the Masters in Tata Steel Chess with his second win of the tournament. He previously beat India’s Dommaraju Gukesh and drew against American Fabiano Caruana and Iranian Parham Maghsoodloo.
Jorden van Foreest, the second Dutchman in the elite group of fourteen chess players, played his third draw. The winner of Wijk aan Zee in 2021 shared the point with Gukesh.
Wednesday is a rest day at the chess tournament. The event will move to the Johan Cruijff ArenA on Thursday. Carlsen is an eight-time winner of the leading Dutch tournament. Giri is still chasing his first overall victory.
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