Chess player Carlsen says skiing helped win World Lightning Championship
MOSCOW, December 30 – RIA Novosti. Norwegian chess player Magnus Carlsen, winner of the World Lightning Championship, said that skiing helped him win the tournament held in Alma-Ata.
On Friday, Carlsen became a six-time world blitz champion. On Thursday, the Norwegian athlete was late for the first game of the tournament in Alma-Ata. When 2 minutes and 30 seconds passed after the start of the match with Belarusian Vladislav Kovalev playing with white pieces, he ran to the hall in a sports suit. It turned out that Carlsen was late for a ski trip organized by the tournament organizers. The Norwegian made his first move with 30 seconds left on the clock (control in lightning is 3 minutes + 2 seconds per move). However, Carlsen managed to win the game.
“Am I the greatest chess player of all time? I don’t know, but things haven’t gotten any worse after these few days,” added the Norwegian player.
On Wednesday at Alma-Ata, Carlsen became the world champion in rapid chess.
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