I swear I did it with one hand!

It was almost an impossibility, but it came to pass at the Astana World Rapid Chess Championship 2012 on the third day. Going into Sunday, Carlsen was leading with 1.5 points and five rounds were to be played. First, it was Vassily Ivanchuk who spoiled Carlsen’s rhythm by beating him in the 12th round, then Alexander Grischuk followed suit by capitalizing on the ‘weakened’ World No. 1. Carlsen picked up back-to-back losses. Is he doing an Alexander Morozevich at Tal Memorial and Elina Danielian at Kazan Women’s Chess Grand Prix? Here is the Grischuk-Carlsen game with Chess King. The Carlsen-Ivanchuk game can be replayed here.


Grischuk, Alexander – Carlsen, Magnus

Result: 1-0
Site: Astana
Date: 2012.07.08
[…] 1.e4 e5 2.¤f3 ¤c6 3.¥b5 ¤f6 4.O-O ¤xe4 5.d4 ¤d6 6.¥xc6 dxc6 7.dxe5 ¤f5 8.£xd8+ ¢xd8 9.¤c3 h6 10.¦d1+ ¢e8 11.h3 ¤e7 12.¤e4 ¤g6 13.¤d4 ¤xe5 14.¥f4 ¥d6 15.¦e1 f6 16.¥xe5 ¥xe5 17.¤xf6+ gxf6 18.f4 c5 19.¤b5 ¥d7 20.¤c3 ¦g8 21.fxe5 ¥xh3 22.exf6+ ¢f8 23.¦e2 ¥g4 24.¦e3 ¥d7 25.¤d5 ¥c6 26.¤xc7 ¦xg2+ 27.¢f1 ¦c8 28.¦e7 ¦xc7 29.¦xc7 ¦g6 30.f7 ¦f6+ 31.¢e2 ¦xf7 32.¦xf7+ ¢xf7 33.¦f1+ ¢e6 34.¢e3 h5 35.¦f8 ¥d5 36.a3 ¢e5 37.¦e8+ ¢d6 38.¦h8 a5 39.¦h6+ ¢c7 40.¦xh5 ¢d6 41.¦h6+ ¢c7 42.¢f4 b6 43.¢e5 ¥g2 44.¦h7+ ¢b8 45.¦g7 ¥f3 46.¢d6 ¥e4 47.c3 ¥h1 48.¦e7 ¥g2 49.b3 ¥h1 50.¦e2 ¢b7 51.¦b2 ¥f3 52.b4 cxb4 53.axb4 axb4 54.¦xb4 ¥e2 55.c4 ¢a6 56.¢c6 ¢a5 57.¦b5+ ¢a4 58.¢d5