Magnus Carlsen wins richest and most-watched online chess event ever

The Norwegian international champion has received the finale of the Magnus Carlsen Chess Excursion, the richest and most-watched chess match in historical past.
Carlsen beat Hikaru Nakamura within the Grand Ultimate of the Norwegian’s $1 million signature excursion to bag the $140,000 champion’s prize and bring his overall Excursion winnings to $349,500.
Over the week-long ultimate sport between the 2 chess titans, Carlsen needed to come from in the back of 3 times, sooner than after all defeating Nakamura in an Armageddon tiebreak — a deciding sport which should have a winner, the place White is given extra time however a draw method victory for Black.

“I have no idea what to mention, there have been simply such a lot of twists and turns. In the long run, it’s kind of random that the whole lot is made up our minds through one sport, however it has to finish sooner or later,” the 29-year-old mentioned after his victory.

“[Nakamura’s] simply very, very resilient and I simply discovered the entire fit very tough and unsightly to play. At some issues, I felt that I used to be outplaying him after which he began turning it round.

“I by no means felt I had the power and not felt at any second cruising, so it was once only a unending battle. That is why it was so shut.”

Carlsen and Nakamura have had a fierce competition spanning over 10 years. In 2016, Nakamura likened Carlsen to Sauron from ‘The Lord of the Rings’ — one thing Carlsen looked as if it would take nice pleasure in referencing on Twitter after his victory on Thursday.

After in-person chess tournaments had been canceled previous this 12 months as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, Carlsen arranged the web Chess Excursion to stay avid gamers and enthusiasts alike entertained.

The Excursion consisted of 4 separate occasions, which started in April, and the grand finale. The full prize fund for the Excursion was once a record-breaking $1 million.

The Norwegian grandmaster went directly to win 3 of the 4 levels, dropping just one fit at a knockout degree to Nakamura, sooner than profitable the Grand Ultimate.

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Just about 70 million TV and on-line audience tuned in to look at the 5 occasions. It was once broadcast in 10 languages the world over and the Grand Ultimate was once now and then the most-watched TV display in Norway.

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