Chess Prodigy Gukesh Stuns Chess World, Defeats Carlsen and Ding Liren in Freestyle Challenge

Witness Indian chess sensation Gukesh’s stunning victories over Carlsen and Ding Liren in the Weissenhaus Freestyle Chess G.O.A.T Challenge, marking a significant leap in his chess career.

Indian chess prodigy D. Gukesh made headlines by defeating world number one Magnus Carlsen and reigning champion Ding Liren in the playoffs round of the Weissenhaus Freestyle Chess G.O.A.T Challenge. Despite a setback in the first round against Alireza Firouzja, Gukesh showcased his resilience by bouncing back with victories against Carlsen, Levon Aronian, and Ding Liren, securing a joint second position with 3.0/4 alongside Nodirbek Abdusattorov.

Vincent Keymar, a local talent, leads the tournament with 3.5 points after four rounds, while Carlsen currently stands fifth in the eight-player field. Gukesh’s remarkable feat includes a notable victory over two-time World Cup winner Levon Aronian, highlighting his exceptional talent and strategic prowess on the chessboard.

Despite being relatively new to elite Freestyle Chess events, also known as Fischer Random Chess or Chess 960, Gukesh has left a lasting impression with his stellar performances. Occupying the second position in the tournament standings, he proves to be a formidable contender among the top players carefully selected by Magnus Carlsen for the competition.


Gukesh’s success in the Weissenhaus Freestyle Chess G.O.A.T Challenge represents a significant milestone in his chess career, building on his impressive performance in the Tata Steel chess tournament. The tournament’s unique format, featuring a hand-picked lineup of elite players, including Caruana, Liren, Firouzja, Abdusattorov, Keymer, and Aronian, adds to the prestige of Gukesh’s achievements.

His ability to adapt and thrive in diverse chess environments underscores Gukesh’s exceptional talent and potential, making him a rising star in the world of chess.


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