With medal winners, a dog lover and a chess genius

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If you are a chess genius’s fearsome opponent, what are you? A chess super genius? A chess god maybe? Hopefully Jan-Krzystof Duda will not torment himself with such distant questions, but the 23-year-old Pole has really brought it to a special level with his repeat victory over the 30-year-old Norwegian world chess champion Magnus Carlsen. In 2020, Duda finished Carlsen’s record streak of 125 games without losing a game of chess. Now, in the World Cup semifinals in Sochi, Russia, Duda prevented Carlsen from finally winning the only major tournament he had yet to win. Carlsen finally believes he has made progress despite the defeat. We, on the other hand, believe that it is already difficult for him to fall asleep when he thinks of a hopefully upcoming World Cup duel with Duda.