Magnus Carlsen shares the lead in the prestigious chess tournament in Dutch Wijk aan Zee. He beat Hungarian Richárd Rapport in the sixth round on Friday.
– I am so happy. Carlsen says it was definitely a victory I needed like a championship.
The win gives him four points after the first six rounds, and it was his first victory in his last four attempts. Friday’s party was accidentally scheduled by Rapport. In addition, he spent a lot of time. The Hungarian surrendered after 31 moves. Then the two players spent a lot of time.
Carlsen admits that the use of time has worried him a little.
– There was a lot to think about. I felt there was always a chance of being a little safer with white. I’ve never felt that it would be so critical with the use of time, says Carlsen.
– It was a little superficial, because I ended up playing a move I would have done anyway. Anyway, I hope I learn a little by thinking for a long time, he says.
Carlsen shares tournament management with Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Santosh Gujrathi Vidit. Carlsen has not yet met them.
Friday’s match started smoothly, and the chess computer could not distinguish the duelists after the first eight moves. They also had an equal amount of time to spend up to that point. However, in the subsequent move, Rapport spent 26 minutes, which cost him valuable time controlling the time with 40 moves. Both spent a lot of time and were around 40 minutes to perform 30 few moves.
In Rapport’s 21st move, chess computers made a difference. Then they showed a strong advantage to Carlsen. Rapport had little time to finish, and the all-white-cut Norwegian took advantage and won.
On Saturday, Carlsen will meet Indian Rameshappu Pragnananda in black pieces.
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