31st December 2017, Saudi Arabia: It took a few days to find his groove, but after an incredible turn of events on the final day, Magnus Carlsen reclaims his victory at the 2017 King Salman World Blitz Chess Championships, with Georgian female chess player and mother of two, Nana Dzagnidze winning the Women's.
Described by players as a championship to remember, it was just 6 days ago when Saudi Arabia welcomed male and female players from 55 countries for the World Open and Women’s Blitz Chess Championships. Onlookers from around the globe have witnessed some exciting encounters and many shockers throughout the tournament.
Following defeats in the rapid phase for both Carlsen and Dzagnidze, opening blitz round kicked off on Friday, at the iconic Apex Convention Centre and it was anybody’s guess at to who would walk away with prize.
Carlsen defeated Ukrainian Anton Korobov, while Georgian European female world chess champion and mother of two, Nana Dzagnidze kept on her stellar performance in the blitz rounds and ended up winning with a nearly 80% win rate.
Dzagnidze will take home $64,000 while Carlsen secures $200,000.
The event marked an important advance in Saudi Arabia’s mission to become a sporting hub capital and provides a refreshing inclusion of women in such high profile public events.
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