Gukesh beats world number one Magnus Carlsen in Amches Rapid Chess
Chennai: India’s 16-year-old Grandmaster D Gukesh defeated world number one Magnus Carlsen in the ninth round of the Amches Online Rapid Chess Tournament to become the youngest player to beat the world champion.
Chennai’s Gukesh, playing with white pieces, won in 29 moves. He is now third after 12 rounds behind Poland’s Jan-Kristof Duda (25 points) and Azerbaijan’s Shakhriyar Mamediarov (23 points). Gukesh has 21 points.
A day earlier, India’s 19-year-old Arjun Arigesi had defeated Carlsen.
“Gukesh becomes youngest player to beat world champion Carlsen,” the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour tweeted. Well done. ’’
Gukesh is 16 years, four months and 20 days old. The previous record was held by R Pragyananda, who was 16 years, six months and 10 days old when he defeated Carlsen at the Airthings Masters in February.
Erigesi also has 21 points and is in fourth place. Vidit Gujrathi is ranked 10th and is out of contention for the knockouts. Aditya Mittal is ranked 12th after beating Arigesi in the 12th round but having lost the last three matches. P Harikrishna is ranked 15th, who has won the only match