Thursday 15 October 2015

Carlsen loses his Faen

The 2015 World Blitz Championship has ended in a win for Alexander Grischuk. Grischuck, who has a propensity to get into time trouble in long time control games, used this problem to his advantage to win the event with 15.5 points, half a point ahead of Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Vladimir Kramnik.
Defending champion Magnus Carlsen had a bad finishing run to end up on 14 points, but the bigger story was his animated reaction to losing. He used a recognisable Norwegian expletive after one game, and left the board quite agitated. As with similar incidents in tennis there is now a debate about whether such behaviour is unacceptable, or whether it brings some extra colour to chess.
Carlsen himself recognised that his behaviour wasn't a good look, describing it at the post tournament press conference as "pretty stupid".

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Magnus will never be as much of a pain as Nick Kyrgios. AO