Magnus Carlsen turns into triple world champion for the third time in his profession


Magnus Carlsen gained each the World Speedy and World Blitz chess titles in Almaty, Kazakhstan, within the newest landmark of his glittering profession.

The 32-year-old Norwegian is now the holder of all three world chess championship titles – in Classical, Speedy and Blitz – for the third time in his profession, whereas no different participant has ever gained each the Speedy and Blitz titles in the identical yr.

“Gonna need more hands soon,” Carlsen joked on Twitter, posting a video of himself counting his now 15 world titles on his fingers.

It caps a triumphant finish to Carlsen’s outstanding decade-long reign because the classical world champion, as he has already introduced that he won’t defend his title subsequent yr.

“It feels great,” he stated in a press launch after successful two world championship titles in three days.

“This is a really tough event. It started great yesterday but I wasn’t feeling I had a lot of energy… Yesterday I was trying to survive until day two and see if I had some chance… Today I felt a little bit better than yesterday and I tried to win as many games as I could.”

The Speedy and Blitz championships are extra time pressured than classical chess. Speedy permits every participant quarter-hour + 10 seconds extra time per transfer, ranging from transfer 1 whereas Blitz is three minutes per participant per recreation, with two seconds extra time per transfer.

Carlsen secured his fourth Speedy title on Wednesday, half some extent forward of Germany’s Vincent Keymer.

He then made a dramatic entrance to Spherical 1 of the World Blitz Championship, operating via the taking part in corridor and arriving at his board two minutes and 30 seconds late, nonetheless wearing a tracksuit.

He nonetheless went on to win the match, with simply 30 seconds on the clock.

“To some extent, the Blitz title is very important because it’s [won in a tournament with] more rounds… As far as the classical championship [goes] I won it but it wasn’t dear enough to hold on to.”

The USA’s Hikaru Nakamura had led the event after Day 1 however he ultimately completed second total, beneath strain from Carlsen.

“While he is used to winning tournaments he’s never won this one,” Carlsen stated afterwards in a press launch. “When he started a bit shakey, then I knew I had a chance.”

Nevertheless, Carlsen too confronted strain as he suffered two defeats at necessary moments – to Russia’s Ian Nepomniachtchi and Alexey Sarana.

However he held on to ultimately seal victory by some extent forward of Nakamura and Armenia’s Haik M. Martirosyan in third place.