Thursday, May 29, 2014
Carlsen aims for rare Chess Triple Crown
Carlsen sets sights on triple chess crown
Published: 28 May 2014 00:08 GMT+02:00
Updated: 28 May 2014 00:08 GMT+02:00
Norwegian chess phenomenon Magnus Carlsen has announced a new goal: to simultaneously hold the world chess titles in classical chess, rapid chess, and blitz chess.
The 23-year-old prodigy is now preparing for world championships in Rapid and Blitz chess, which will be held simultaneously in Dubai in mid June.
In the 2012 championships, held in Kazakhstan, Carlsen won two silvers, after being beaten by Russia's Sergey Karjakin in Rapid Chess and by his countryman Alexander Brischuk in blitz.
Viswanathan Anand, who Carlsen beat in a string of World Championship games last November, will also compete in Dubai.
So far, I am the only one who won the chess triple crown (world rapid, blitz, and classical chess championships). In 1996, I held the World Championship titles in all three categories. Magnus won the World Blitz Championship a few years ago but has never won the World Rapid Championship. If Magnus succeeds, he will be the 2nd player in history, and the first man to ever achieve this very difficult feat.