Twitter users claim “Chess is new cricket”, Magnus Carlsen gives 4 reasons why this is not the case


World champion Magnus Carlsen hit back at a Twitter user for comparing chess and cricket. Carlsen won the FTX Crypto Cup on Monday, but not before losing the finals match to India’s grandmaster R Praggnanandhaa. The defeat against the Indian chess prodigy was the third for the Norwegians in six months.

Magnus Carlsen explains why chess and cricket are different

Youtubers Abhi and Niyu tweeted on Twitter: “Chess is the new cricket. Disprove me!’. Magnus Carlsen, answering the question, wrote that cricket is played on a field with people, chess is played on a board with wooden pieces. Cricket has a bat and a ball, chess usually doesn’t. A cricket match requires 22 players, while chess requires only two. I can’t play cricket.

Magnus Carlsen congratulates Praggnanandhaa despite losing to Indian GM

Magnus Carlsen also congratulates R Praggnanandhaa on Monday for his performance in the final round of the FTX Crypto Cup on Monday. In the match between Magnus Carlsen and R Praggnanandhaa, R Praggnanandhaa won three games in a row including two in the blitz tiebreak to beat world No. 1 Magnus Carlsen 4-2.

The first two games of the match between Magnus Carlsen and R. Praggnanandhaa ended in a draw before Carlsen took the lead by winning the third game. However, the young Indian GM won the fourth game to take the match into the tiebreaks. He shocked the Norwegian by winning both games in the tiebreak. Despite the loss, the Norwegian grandmaster won the honor due to a higher score. He finished the tournament with 16 match points compared to R Praggnanandhaa who finished the event with a total score of 15.

Prior to Monday’s event, Praggnanandhaa had defeated Carlsen at the Airthings Masters in February this year. Praggnanandhaa beat Carlsen in the 8th round of the Airthings Masters. With the win, Praggnanandhaa became the youngest player to defeat Carlsen in a game of chess since the latter was crowned world champion in 2013. Praggnanandhaa is only the third Indian to defeat Carlsen in a game of chess, after Viswanathan Anand and P Harikrishna.

After the game, Carsen R. Praggnanandhaa congratulated his performance during the game with a quirky little tweet, in which he said: “Fully deserved after a performance that showed great resilience, determination and quality. As for me, I’m happy to be (barely) younger than the second and third place finishers combined.”


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