Carlsen Wins 2022 Charity Cup
Magnus Carlsen. Photo: Maria Emelianova/

Carlsen Wins 2022 Charity Cup

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GM Magnus Carlsen won the 2022 Charity Cup on Saturday after beating GM Jan-Krzysztof Duda in a playoff, necessary as the Polish grandmaster won the second regular match.

Having won the Airthings Masters, this tournament is the second victory for Carlsen in the 2022 Meltwater Champions Chess Tour.

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After the first game on Saturday, few would have bet on Duda to make the comeback that he would make. Carlsen needed to score just 1/3 in the remainder, with two white games ahead for him, after a crushing kingside attack:

The turning point came on move 48 in the second game. With a draw in hand, Carlsen blundered terribly, forgetting about the f2-square for a second. Duda was back in the match:

Jan-Krzysztof Duda Charity Cup
Jan-Krzysztof Duda showed to be a great fighter. Image: Champions Chess Tour.

Duda won the next game in just 26 moves. This time he was the one getting the attack on the king as Carlsen's play seemed affected by the unnecessary loss the game before:

A solid draw in the fourth game meant that Duda had won the match, so after the win for Carlsen the other day it was all equal again.

The world champion then won both 5+3 games in the playoff as he was the one with slightly better nerves. Duda was under pressure throughout the first blitz game and was playing on his last few seconds of increment when he blundered, just as the game was about to end in a draw:

Duda quickly lost the second game. He got $15,000 for second place; Carlsen bagged $25,000. The Norwegian star leads the Champions Chess Tour firmly, having won both the Airthings Masters and the Charity Cup.

Magnus Carlsen Charity Cup
 A relieved Magnus Carlsen after the last game. Image: Champions Chess Tour.

Carlsen said it was a "huge relief" to win such a dramatic match, and that it was definitely not the first time he had been part of such a scenario: "This was right out of the playbook of what felt like every tournament last year after the first few ones where it seems like I'm cruising and then there's one bad moment and it all falls apart. But yeah, I managed to survive."

The tournament was supported by NEAR Foundation and was being held as a fundraiser for UNICEF, for which over $100,000 has been raised.

2022 Charity Cup results

All games of Saturday

The 2022 Champions Chess Tour's Charity Cup Masters ran March 19-27 on chess24. The preliminary phase was a 16-player rapid (15+10) round-robin. The top eight players advanced to a knockout that consisted of one four-game rapid match during the quarterfinals and semifinals and two four-game rapid matches during the final. Play advanced to blitz (5+3) and armageddon (White had five minutes, Black had four with no increment) tiebreaks only if a knockout match ended in a tie. The total prize fund of the event was $150,000, with $750 for each win and $250 for each draw in the preliminaries.

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