Robert Ris analyses Faustino Oro’s bullet win over Magnus Carlsen

by Robert Ris
3/30/2024 – In his first-ever confrontation against Magnus Carlsen, Faustino Oro from Argentina, aged 10, defeated the former world champion in a 1-minute game. After becoming the youngest player to ever earn an IM norm in 2023, the ‘Messi of chess’ moved from Argentina to Spain, where he intends to continue making progress in chess. | Robert Ris analysed Oro’s memorable victory.

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A 10-year-old takes down Carlsen

Faustino Oro, Argentina’s ‘golden boy’, became the youngest player to ever get an IM norm in September 2023. Before that, he had also been the youngest-ever to surpass both the 2200 and the 2300-rating marks.

Now living in Spain, where his parents intend to create a better environment for his development, the youngster not only has a training schedule of 12 hours per week, but also plays plenty of online chess, as reported by Infobae.

In a recent edition of’s Bullet Brawl, Oro got to play his first-ever game against Magnus Carlsen. The 10-year-old came out of the opening unscathed and went on to gain a pawn before reaching the endgame. A grave mistake by Carlsen gave the youngster an extra piece, which he converted into a memorable — yet symbolic, since 1-minute games are extremely volatile — victory.

Oro was streaming the tournament on his YouTube channel, and clipped his game against Carlsen. We can hear him say, “If I lose this position, I should retire from chess”, while his little dance of celebration at the end is surely endearing.

Full analysis of the game by IM Robert Ris

Oro v. Carlsen

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Robert is an International Master who mostly spends his time training and coaching talented youngsters. On the PlayChess server The Fast and the Furious is a popular show where he explains sharp opening lines for a wider audience. He is also a well-known ChessBase author who produced numerous DVDs and regularly contributes to ChessBase Magazine as well. Since 2015 he is the organizer of the Dutch Rapid Championships in his home town Amstelveen. He has started a YouTube channel with chess analysis as well.
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