In what can be termed as one of the best matches in the FTX Crypto Cup, Magnus Carlsen finally came out as the winner against Praggnanandhaa, who is an Indian teen and played with one of the best tricks.
Moreover, at the age of just 17, Praggnanandhaa gave his opponent a tough fight and almost managed to win the game. But at the crucial moments, it was Carlsen who held his nerves and finally managed to get a win.
Magnus Carlsen Wins The FTX Crypto Cup In Miami
With this win, Carlsen has now won the FTX Crypto Cup twice in two years. Moreover, in the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour, this Norway player now has three wins which take him to the top of the $1.6 million Tour leaderboard.
During the whole tournament, it was a tense battle between the players as they could get their moves right and were looking to block the opponent. And the youngster looked calmer throughout the tournament and made sure he played with the opponent’s mind.
However, Round 7 brought up a real fight as he faced Carlsen. Moreover, after dominating the tournament, the youngster had to defend himself against Carlsen and thus ended up on the losing side.
Carlsen had an incredible tournament, with some good moments and great inspiration. Carlsen won the game and the title while displaying his trademark intelligence and innate ability in pressure situations.
Magnus Carlsen came into the final game relaxed and casual, looking like he couldn’t care less which way the result went. Praggnanandhaa did his best to fight it out, but lightning struck twice as Magnus beat him in a blunder fest to take the match to tiebreaks.
After that, it was smooth sailing for Magnus. He dominated rapid chess perfectly. In blitz, Pragg had to win the first game to keep the title fight alive but blundered away what could have been a chance for glory at his nearest event ever in second place.
For Carlsen, this was one of the best tournaments that he had played. Carlsen vs. Pregg was the final match of the tournament, and it didn’t disappoint.
Alireza Firouzja defeated one of the tournament’s favorites, Levon Aronian, 2.5-1.5.
The 19-year-old U.S. chess champion Hans Niemann found life difficult against the entertaining Vietnamese player Liem Quang Le. Still, he can solace in his fantastic effort against Magnus Carlsen and other strong players. His love of the cameras has made him an internet sensation this week.
Now, with this match, it was the end of the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour. However, the league will return for viewers on the 19th of September. Till then, Carlsen will be enjoying his title, and other players will be hoping for another chance to beat him.