Twitter User Says ‘Chess Is A New Cricket’, Magnus Carlsen Lists 4 Reasons Why It’s Not

World champion Magnus Carlsen has hit back at a Twitter user for comparing chess and cricket. Carlsen won the FTX Crypto Cup on Monday, but not before losing the final round match to Indian grandmaster R Praggnanandhaa. The loss to the Indian chess prodigy was the third for the Norwegians in the space of six months.

Magnus Carlsen explains why chess and cricket are different from each other

YouTubers Abhi and Niyu taking to Twitter tweeted, “Chess is the new cricket”. Prove me the contrary!’. Magnus Carlsen while answering the question wrote that cricket is played on a pitch with humans, chess is played on a board with wooden pieces. Cricket has a bat and a ball, unlike chess. There are 22 players needed for a game of cricket, while chess is only two. I can’t play cricket.

Magnus Carlsen praises Praggnanandhaa despite losing to Indian GM

Magnus Carlsen also congratulated R Praggnanandhaa on Monday for his performance in the final round of the FTX Crypto Cup on Monday. The Magnus Carlsen vs. R Praggnanandhaa match saw R Praggnanandhaa win three straight matches, including two in the blitz tie-breaks to beat world No. 1 Magnus Carlsen 4-2.

The first two games of the Magnus Carlsen vs. R Praggnanandhaa match were drawn before Carlsen took the lead by winning the third. However, the young Indian GM won the fourth match to bring the match into the tie-breaks. He shocked the Norwegian by winning both games on a tie-break. Despite the loss, the Norwegian grandmaster took the honors based on a higher score. He finished with 16 match points against R Praggnanandhaa who ended the event with an aggregate score of 15.

Prior to Monday’s event, Praggnanandhaa beat Carlsen at the Airthings Masters in February this year. Praggnanandhaa defeated Carlsen in the 8th round of the Airthings Masters. With the victory, Praggnanandhaa became the youngest player to defeat Carlsen in a game of chess since the latter was crowned world champion in 2013. Praggnanandhaa is only the third Indian after Viswanathan Anand and P Harikrishna to beat Carlsen in a game of chess.

After the match, Carsen praised R Praggnanandhaa for his efforts during the match with a quirky little tweet in which he said, “Fully deserved, after a performance that showed great resilience, determination and quality. As for me, I’m happy to be (slightly) younger than second and third place combined.

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