Chess: Jan Krzysztof Duda beats current World Champion Magnus Carlsen

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Polish ace Jan-Krzysztof Duda knocked Magnus Carlsen, newly-crowned Meltwater Champions Chess Tour 2022 Champion out of the Aimchess Rapid to set up a fascinating two-day final against Shakhriyar Mamedyarov on Thursday.

Jan-Krzysztof Duda and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov are widely regarded as some of the most chaotic and attacking players in the world of chess.

A match full of ups and downs

Duda’s match with Carlsen was filled with emotions. In one match after an opening that seemed to be deadly for the Norwegian, the game did a complete 180 degree turn, with the Pole’s king being stuck.

One wrong move made all the difference and from a winning position, Carlsen lost all his advantage. Having to give up a pawn, which at that stage was equivalent to losing the game, the Norwegian accepted defeat.

The 24-year-old Pole from Kraków was one game away from knocking out Magnus Carlsen. However, the Norwegian kept fighting, managing to draw in the third game and setting himself for a must-win in the fourth game.

“Carlsen, with the black pieces, played a King's Indian. It was tense, but in the end decided by another blunder from Carlsen. The killer blow was a double attack from Duda's queen with 33.Qf3! and Carlsen resigned,” the Chess24 website described the last game.

After the match, Duda said that he is “very happy, of course. Who wouldn’t want to win? Beating Magnus is probably the most rewarding feeling you can have when playing chess!”

Duda’s finals opponent, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, managed to get to the final after beating Romania’s top chess player, Richard Rapport in tiebreaks coming back from a point down.