“Clearly the Best Player”- Magnus Carlsen Heaps Praise for Chinese Grand Master After Incredible Win

Published 03/25/2022, 10:45 AM EDT

vIn the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour, world chess champion Magnus Carlsen and Chinese Grand Master Ding Liren played the most incredible game of charity cup. After playing two draw games in the semi-finals, the third game between the two Grand Masters was an absolute masterpiece. However, like always, in the end, Magnus Carlsen emerged victorious.

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What was interesting, though, was Ding’s unbelievable tactics in the game. In fact, for a moment, he would have thought he got a win against the world champion. But the game is never over until Magnus calls it over. It’s almost as if the world chess champion has made it a habit of winning unwinnable games. One sloppy move and there is no coming back against Magnus Carlsen.

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Magnus Carlsen calls Ding Liren the best player

Although the result might have been in Carlsen’s favor, the champion appreciated Ding’s amazing gameplay. After the match, Carlsen said“He’s clearly the best player who’s not in the Candidates at the moment… except for me, maybe! Whether that means he deserves it, that’s a lot harder to say.”

Carlsen on Ding: “He’s clearly the best player who’s not in the Candidates at the moment… except for me, maybe! Whether that means he deserves it, that’s a lot harder to say” #ChessChamps #CharityCuppic.twitter.com/8hik1hrbYz

— chess24.com (@chess24com) March 24, 2022

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Carlsen even pointed out the fact that a player of his caliber should be the candidate’s tournament. Maybe the Norwegian Grand Master is hinting at who he would like to face in the next world chess championship.

Can Ding Liren still make it to the candidate’s tournament?

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The candidate’s tournament to be held in France is scheduled for June this year. Earlier, Ding had some visa issues and couldn’t attend the ongoing FIDE Grand Prix in Berlin. However, now that FIDE has banned the Russian Grand Master Sergey Karjakin for six months, due to a controversial comment about the ongoing European crisis, there might be a way in for the Chinese Grand Master.

Although as per the FIDE guidelines, in case of a replacement for the candidates’ tournament, only the highest-rated player on the May 2022 rating list who has played 30 rated games in the previous 12 months will be allowed in the tournament. While Ding his rating is not the issue, he has only played 4 games due to the pandemic and visa issues.

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If he gets past all this, he might win the candidates’ tournament to challenge Magnus Carlsen in the world chess championship.

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Saurav Panwar is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports. A postgraduate in Media and Communication Studies, he shares a profound love for creative direction and filmmaking. Saurav is also an avid reader and a literature devotee whose fandom spreads from classics to sci-fi, non-fiction, plays, comics, and much more.

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