Norwegian chess player Magnus Carlsen, the current world champion, sensationally lost to 16-year-old Alireza Firuge from Iran in the final of the online tournament Banter Blitz Cup.
During the tournament, Carlsen outplayed the Argentinian Alan Pichot, Spaniard Jimenez Cuenca, Azerbaijani Rauf Mammadov, Georgian, Ivan Cheparinov, the Swede Nils Grandelius and Russian Sanan Syugirov. But in the final lost to “dark horse.”
Before the 16-year-old Alireza Firodia from Iran was the silver medalist of the world rapid championship game. Becoming a grandmaster at age 14, he serves under the flag of FIDE because of disagreements with the national Federation. And now Perugia sprang a surprise by winning the online final of the Carlsen with a score of 8.5 to a 7.5.
The victory gave the grandmaster from Iran $14 thousand, Carlsen got $9 thousand. The total prize Fund of the tournament amounted to $50 thousand. After the final match Magnus praised young opponent: “we Must pay tribute Alireza, he’s incredibly strong.”
Recall that Carlsen organized a large tournament with a prize pool of $250 thousand. Competition involving the top 8 players will be held in online mode from 18 April to 3 may. In connection with the quarantine the players have to focus on online tournaments.