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Magnus Carlsen

MOSCOW, 24 July – The reigning world chess champion Norwegian Magnus Carlsen became the winner of the Grand Chess Tour stage in Zagreb (Croatia).
Carlsen has 22.5 points. Russian Ian Nepomniachtchi scored five victories in blitz games on the final day, drew once and lost three times. According to the results of the tournament, the Russian scored 21 points and took fifth place. In the face-to-face meeting, Nepomniachtchi, as on Saturday, lost to Carlsen.
The second place in the tournament was taken by the representative of France, Alireza Firouzja (22), another Frenchman closed the top three – Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (22).
As part of the stage, chess players played rapid on July 20-22, and blitz on July 23-24. The next stage of the Grand Chess Tour will take place August 24-31 in the USA.
Nepomniachtchi won the Candidates Tournament in Madrid in early July and won the right to play against Carlsen again for the world crown in 2023. However, the Norwegian on Wednesday announced his refusal to play the match for the world title. Now Nepomniachtchi must face the Chinese Ding Liren, who came second in the Candidates Tournament.

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