Carlsen Suffers Second Blow as Radjabov Takes the Lead in Shamkir Chess Tournament 2014

Magnus Carlsen has suffered another loss; this time at the hands of Teimour Radjabov. The 27 year old grandmaster who reigns from Baku is currently in the lead at the Shamkir Chess Tournament.

Radjabov’s strong moves have been too much for Carlsen and much to the delight of local fans, they have caused him to stumble in the competition.

Both of the tournament leaders, Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruanan have come up against problems in round 5 of the Shamkir Chess Tournament, much to the shock of their adoring fans.

The tournament is currently at half time, with Radjabov firmly in the lead. Shakhriyar Marmedyarov was the man behind Fabiano Caruanan’s defeat and Etienne Barot has also managed to keep ahead in group B, following his win against Rauf Mamedov.

This is Radjabov’s first win against Carlsen in six years so it has really shaken up the chess world and paved the way for an exciting second leg of the tournament. The previously untouchable Carlsen will have to seriously re-think his tactics if he doesn’t want to suffer a further blow to his confidence.

Carlsen has spoken about his recent form, blaming a lack of energy and burn out for his poor performances. It just goes to show that even the best in the business can have their off days and it gives inspiration for new players and those who have never won a tournament before.

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