Magnus Carlsen Narrowly Wins Over Bosnian Predojevic
Magnus Carlsen, the highest-rated chess player in history, played a rapid match against Bosnian GM Borki Predojevic. The match took place in Lillehammer over two days, with four games in total. Famed Norwegian had some problems avoiding a surprising draw.
The match was played from 28th to 29th of May. Organized by the Nansen Center for Peace and Dialogue in Lillehammer, the match was a part of the Norwegian Championship which starts on Saturday.
In the first game, Carlsen played black. Predojevic started a bit passively, which carried over to the rest of the game. However, he managed to force his oponent into a draw in a Rook endgame by sacrificing all his pieces.
During the whole second game, Bosnian Grandmaster was able to counter Magnus’s hightened pressure. He once again acheived a draw.
The third game brought interesting opening – white played Alapin Sicilian. Both players lost their queens very early into the game. For the first time in the match, Carlsen affirmed his leading position. He beat Predojevic after 57 rounds.
Once again, both players lost their Queens in the beggining of the final round. Carlsen was attacking during the entire game, but his opponent successfully averted loss. The final standings after three draws and one win for Carlsen is 2,5-1,5 for Carlsen.
You can watch the games in the following diagram: