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Freestyle Chess GOAT Challenge: Gukesh Takes Down Chess Legend Magnus Carlsen, Ding Liren

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Recovering impressively from an initial defeat against Iranian French Grand Master Alireza Firouzja in the first round, India’s Dommaraju Gukesh achieved a notable victory against World No. 1 Magnus Carlsen in the second round of the Weissenhaus Freestyle Chess G.O.A.T Challenge held in Hamburg, Germany. The 17-year-old player from Chennai also secured wins against the reigning world champion, Ding Liren of China, and Levon Aronian of the USA, concluding a remarkable day.

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Gukesh is currently in a joint second position, sharing the spot with Uzbekistan’s Nodirbek Abdusattorov, each accumulating three points out of a potential four. Vincent Keymar, a local participant, leads the competition with 3.5 points in four rounds, while Carlsen holds the fifth position in the field of eight players.

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The 2024 Freestyle Chess G.O.A.T. Challenge is an in-person Chess960 tournament created by Jan Henric Buettner, a 59-year-old entrepreneur and chess enthusiast from Hamburg. The event showcases eight of the world’s top players, personally selected by Carlsen.


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