Firouzja Finishes 2nd After Carlsen 17 Years Old In Full Swing

The Norwegian falls again in the last round, against Aronian, with a game much lower than usual

Magnus Carlsen was 13th in the world on January 1 2008 one month after his 17th birthday Iranian Alireza Firouzja resident in France is 17th at 17 and four months after taking 2nd place and 33731 euros in the Altibox Norway Chess tournament that just ended in Stavanger Norway

The Norwegian takes the first prize 63817 euros despite conceding in the last round against the Armenian Levón Aronián his second defeat in 806 days and 130 games In the 5th round he lost to the Polish Jan Duda

Firouzja Dudas winner today has amazed from the age of 13 not only for his enormous talent but especially for his courage and selfconfidence when he faces opponents clearly superior to him in theory almost always with very good results

In this tournament he has won the two slow games against Duda and the Norwegian Aryan Tari and the two sudden deaths to Aronian he won a tiebreaker and lost the other to the second in the world American Fabiano Caruana

But he still suffers from stage fright against Carlsen with whom he tied the slow game in the first round and then lost a winning position in sudden death

Even worse was what happened this Thursday when he fell to the Norwegian in the slow game when he had an easy draw Aside from psychological issues he made it clear that he has gaps in lategame technique

He himself recognized it when he was asked for a balance of his performance In general I have played well except for misfortunes like yesterday It is clear that I still have to improve a lot in some aspects

He also gave some clue about his psychological attitude towards Carlsen The loss didnt hurt much because I was clear that Magnus was the favorite even though I hadnt lost yesterday Also his conclusion is interesting I have enjoyed nine of the ten games I have played here so I am very happy

Russian Vladimir Krámnik former world champion live commentator on Chess24 with Hungarian Judit Polgar was critical of Carlsen throughout the day Magnus deserves all the praise we have dedicated to him but he has a problem he needs a mathematical motivation to play as only he knows

Today he has done really badly for his level I understand that with the tournament already won you may have some concentration problem but he drops a lot in those circumstances In any case the Scandinavian maintains his Elo score loses 08 points and leads Caruana by 40 points who beat Tari in the sudden death of the last round

It is highly unlikely that more elite facetoface tournaments will be played this year As expected the International Federation FIDE announced today that the second half of the Candidates Tournament scheduled in Yekaterinburg Russia from November 1 is postponed until spring 2021

The same is true of the World Cups Rapids and Lightning which usually take place in the last week of the year The good news is that Chess24 announces a second edition of the Magnus Carlsen circuit online starting in November Details will be posted soon