World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen, whose unbeaten run in Classical Chess had stretched back 125 games–or two years, two months and 10 days–lost to the world’s No. 15 ranked player, Poland’s Jan Krzysztof Duda in round five of the Norway Chess tournament on October 10, 2020.
Magnus Carlsen’s previous defeat in Classical Chess was in July 2018.
Jan Krzysztof Duda
Poland’s 22-Year-Old Jan Krzysztof Duda
Jan Krzysztof Duda was born April 26, 1998, in Kraków, Poland. A chess prodigy, he achieved the title of Grandmaster in 2013 at the age of 15 years and 21 days.
Duda won the Polish championship in 2018. He is a student at University School of Physical Education in Kraków.
He enjoys listening to Beethoven, Mozart and Queen!
In May 2020, he achieved his first victory over the reigning World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen in Rapid Chess, beating Carlsen in Round 7 of the Lindores Abbey Rapid Chess Challenge.
On October 10, 2020, Duda defeated Magnus Carlsen in Classical Chess at the Altibox Norway Chess tournament held in Stavanger. It was Carlsen’s first defeat in Classical Chess after a world record 125-game unbeaten streak.
Jan Krzysztof Duda versus Magnus Carlsen
October 10, 2020
Altibox Norway Chess Tournament
The World Record
World Chess Champion
Magnus Carlsen played 125 Classical Chess Games
A Single Loss!
Carlsen’s previous loss in Classical Chess was to Shakhriyar Mamedyarov in the Biel tournament on July 31, 2018!
A second record set! Carlsen’s current streak was also the longest unbeaten streak played by a reigning World Chess Champion and includes a stretch of 12 undefeated games against Fabiano Caruana at the 2018 World Chess Championship.