Firouzja and Carlsen battle it out in bullet marathon

by ChessBase
4/10/2020 – Alireza Firouzja is 16 years old and with a rating of 2728 currently number 20 on the FIDE World Ranking List. Many people believe that he will soon challenge Magnus Carlsen for the world title. But for now, at the beginning of April, the two first met for an online blitz marathon match in which they played 194 bullet (1+0) games. And the winner was...

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What do chess players like best? Playing chess, of course! And in the times of the coronavirus they play online. Thus, Magnus Carlsen and Alireza Firouzja met for an extended online bullet match and played almost 200 games with a time limit of 1 minute for the whole game – no increment. 

Magnus Carlsen is World Champion in classical chess, in rapid and in blitz. But Alireza Firouzja is also a ferociously strong blitz player and in the past he has successfully challenged Carlsen in a couple of bullet tournaments.

The 16-year-old also hold his own in their direct encounter. After 194 games Firouzja won the match 103½-90½. Both sides impressed with speed and resourcefulness. Moreover, despite the short time limit the quality of the games was also quite high. 

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