Shock Defeat for Magnus

posted Nov 24, 2016, 4:59 AM by Phil Morgan   [ updated Nov 24, 2016, 3:47 PM ]
Shock defeat for Magnus Carlsen.

Magnus Carlsen lost in Game 8 of his World Championship match to Russian challenger, Sergei Karjakin. The 25 year old Norwegian, who became World Champion in November, 2013, was expected to hold the title for years to come. Now with four games left he is at serious risk of losing his crown. The first seven matches were draws thanks to some outstanding defence by Karjakin. The pressure of the match seems to have got to Magnus in Round 8. He played risky moves culminating in a losing blunder.

The final position of Game 8 makes for a very interesting study position. Karjakin has just played 52  ...a2., the only winning move!
Magnus resigned. If you can work out why he resigned, you have serious chess-playing ability, and we would be very happy for you to join our club!.

Phil Morgan,
Nov 24, 2016, 5:06 AM