Sat. Aug 15th, 2020

Kasparov says Carlsen is ‘struggling with age’ as champ makes final

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Magnus Carlsen displayed a killer instinct reminiscent of watching great Garry Kasparov as he booked his place in the final of the Legends of Chess.

The World Champion, who has won a stunning 10 matches in a row in this event, crushed eight-time Russian champ Peter Svidler 2.5-0.5 with a game to spare.

Carlsen will now face either Ian Nepomniachtchi or Anish Giri in the $150,000 event’s final on Monday after a thrilling Giri comeback kept him in the match against Russia’s number 1.

However, as Carlsen won his match with relative ease, the real excitement was in the commentary box where former World Champion Kasparov made a rare appearance.

The 57-year-old, who many consider the greatest player ever, had this assessment of Carlsen: “Magnus, whether he likes it or not, he’s also struggling with age. He makes more mistakes than he did before.”

On Carlsen’s upcoming defence of his world title, Kasparov added: “It will be tougher… if not 2020/1 or 2022/3 he may be facing a younger player, maybe (Alireza) Firouzja.”

The event, the fifth leg of the $1 million Magnus Carlsen Chess Tour, runs until August 5 and will carry a $150,000 prize fund.

The winner will scoop a top prize of $45,000 and the last of the coveted spots in the tour’s Grand Final in August.

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