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Magnus Carlsen wins Charity Cup in a thrilling Final

by Shahid Ahmed - 27/03/2022

Jan-Krzysztof Duda made an excellent comeback in the second set of Finals. Despite being in a must-win situation, he started the day with a loss. Then he won the next two games. The third game can easily be called a masterpiece by Duda, although he missed an earlier win. The fourth game was drawn which meant Duda won the second set 1.5-2.5. However, Magnus Carlsen showed why he is the world champion by winning both tie-break Blitz games without giving any opportunity to his opponent. Carlsen won the Charity Cup, his second consecutive Meltwater Champions Chess Tour event of the 2022 season. The next event of the tour will be a Major which starts on 20th April. Photo: chess24

Duda almost made a brilliant comeback

"Obviously a huge relief now. This is right out of the playbook of what feels like every tournament last year after the first few ones. It seems like I am cruising then there is one bad moment and it all falls apart." - Magnus Carlsen on winning the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour Charity Cup.

Meltwater Champions Chess Tour Charity Cup winner - Magnus Carlsen | Photo: chess24

"It's been a very tiring day. It's some miracle that actually I managed to win so many games today, that the event was decided in blitz. I feel as if I played very good chess. It's kind of unexpected. When I thought I had a chance in Blitz, I collapsed," - Jan-Krzysztof Duda on his performance in the second set of the Finals.

Meltwater Champions Chess Tour Charity Cup runner-up - Jan Krzysztof Duda | Photo: chess24

Carlsen - Duda: 3.5-2.5

Duda started the day with a loss against Carlsen. Although he had numerous opportunities to save the game.

Duda - Carlsen, Game 1

Position after 18...dxe4

19.Nc3 e3 20.Bxe3 fxe3 21.Qxe3 returning the material by rapidly completing the development was the way to go for White. 19.Qxe4 worsened things Bd5 20.Qd3 f3 21.Be3 fxg2. White's kingside crumbled quickly.

Duda struck back immediately in the second game. It was a rough and bumpy win for him. The score was level at 1-1. Then came Duda's masterpiece in the third game.

Duda - Carlsen, Game 3

Position after 10.b4

Duda made his intentions clear 10.b4. After a miss by Duda, Carlsen presented him with another opportunity.

Position after 22...a5

Duda did not miss this time. Can you find out the finish for White? This win allowed Duda to take 1-2 lead.

The fourth game ended in a solid draw arising out of Petroff's Defense. Thus, Duda won the second set 1.5-2.5 which means tie-breaks were enforced. Carlsen won both Blitz tie-breaks 5 minutes + 3 seconds increment, to win the second set 3.5-2.5 of the Finals and the tournament.

Magnus Carlsen: "One bad moment and it all falls apart!" | Video: chess24
Jan-Krzysztof Duda: "It was entertaining, at the very least!" | Video: chess24

Replay the live stream

Charity Cup 2022 Finals 2 Live commentary by GM Peter Leko and GM Daniel King | Video: chess24

Replay Final 2 games

Final results

Duda forced tie-breaks however it wasn't enough | Photo: chess24

Tour standings

Magnus Carlsen leads the Tour standings | Photo: chess24

All games will start from 10:30 p.m. IST between 19th and 26th March 2022.

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