The Norwegian Magnus Carlsen, worlds number 1 ranked chess player lost in his fourth game when he played against the Armenian Levon Aronian (ranked 6th) in the Norway Chess tournament in Stavanger, Norway. With a brilliant set up Aronian lured Carlsen into a trap by sacrificing his own pieces to force a mistake from Carlsen.
“It was an absolutely fantastic game. Absolutely world class”
says chess expert Jon Ludvig Hammer from the Norwegian media which called it a “one of the finest games of this millennium”.
The Armenian grand-master Levon Aronian got the early upper hand with a strong opening. However the brilliance of his performance was in his ability to think ahead and make several important sacrifices in order to force a mistake by the world’s best chess player and finishing the game in the 35th move.
“It’s a work of art and one of the finest games we’ve seen in this millennium”
Here is an analysis of the game:
Carlsen was naturally disappointed after the loss. The loss means that the Norwegian has only gained 1.5 points out of four possible so far in the tournament.
“It was incredibly bad! Aronian came with interesting things and put me in trouble. All credit to him for that.”
said the Norwegian chess star to TV 2 Sport channel after the game.
Aronian is currently in the second position, just behind the American Hikaru Nakamura. He will be playing against the French Maxime Vachier-Lagrave on 11th of June.