Chess: Magnus Carlsen wins despite ‘terrible’ form, but setbacks spark angst

World champion narrowly qualifies for Saturday’s Lindores Abbey quarter-finals despite defeats by Yu Yangyi, Jan-Krzysztof Duda and Daniil Dubov

Another online weekend, another first prize for the world champion, but Magnus Carlsen suffered angst against lower ranked opponents which continued and increased on Wednesday and Thursday as he narrowly qualified for the Lindores Abbey quarter-finals.

The online Steinitz Memorial blitz was an occasion for bitter self-criticism by the 29-year-old after his opponents missed numerous chances. “I’m happier than I would have been if I hadn’t won the tournament, but that was terrible from start to finish,” said Carlsen. “Even the times I played a good game I feel I messed it up with bad technique.”

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