Generation Cup: Carlsen overpowers Firouzja

by Klaus Besenthal
9/2/2023 – Magnus Carlsen won the winners’ final of the Julius Baer Generation Cup with a smooth 3-0 victory over Alireza Firouzja. The Norwegian has thus reached the Grand Final set to take place on Sunday. His opponent will be the winner of the losers’ bracket, where Denis Lazavik and Nodirbek Abdusattorov will first play in the semifinals on Saturday; the winner will then face Firouzja.

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Carlen reaches the Grand Final

Wesley So and Fabiano Caruana were eliminated on Friday. Both lost their respective matches in the losers’ bracket, both in Armageddon deciders: So lost to Denis Lazavik, Caruana lost to Nodirbek Abdusattorov.

Magnus Carlsen had a 2-0 lead over Alireza Firouzja, which meant the youngster was under pressure to win at all costs in the third game. Things did not go well for the French representative.

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Klaus Besenthal is computer scientist, has followed and still follows the chess scene avidly since 1972 and since then has also regularly played in tournaments.