Magnus Carlsen breaks 2900 barrier in Julius Baer Generation Cup win

Magnus Carlsen wins the Julius Baer Generation Cup

Magnus Carlsen is the Julius Baer Generation Cup champion and the first player to break the 2900 Tour Rating after crushing the “Indian Iceman” Arjun Erigaisi in today’s final.

Norway’s world number 1 needed just two games to take the seventh leg of the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour, ending Erigaisi’s challenge 2-0.

It is Carlsen’s fourth tournament win of the Tour season and extends his advantage at the top of the overall leaderboard. For 19-year-old Erigaisi, he can take huge credit for a stunning run to the final.

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International Master Jovanka Houska said: “Magnus in killer mode. He’s just relentless. He really is not stopping here. If we had any doubt Magnus would slip up, he has come in here today in absolute fighting mode. He is the beast.”

Carlsen eve allowed himself a smile afterwards.

“I’m very happy,” he said. “I played very much throughout this match ‘anti-young player chess’, in the sense I tried to play older, less theoretical lines that have some serious strategic complexity and it worked out very well.

“For the tournament as a whole, the level was pretty good, but it could’ve been even better of course. I dipped a little bit at points in the knockouts, but obviously the finish was nice.”

Carlsen lost only two games in the entire eight-day event, and one was his controversial decision to resign after one move against Hans Niemann in Round 6.

On the cheating scandal involving Niemann that has surrounded the event since that move, Carlsen promised a statement soon and said: “I generally want cheating in chess to be dealt with seriously.”

Carlsen’s performance makes him the first player to hit the historic 2900 Tour Rating mark and he has also reached $180,000 in earnings on the Tour. Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa stands second with $106,500.

Going into today’s last day, Carlsen already had one hand on the trophy having ended beaten Erigaisi, one of India’s brightest talents, 2.5-0.5 in the first match of the final.

Erigaisi, who has been so impressive throughout the event, simply folded again as Carlsen didn’t give him a chance.

There are two more tournament left in the 2022 Meltwater Tour, one Regular in October and one Major in November, to decide the winner. Carlsen and Erigaisi are already qualified for the eight-player Major in San Francisco.

But the question now is, can anyone stop Carlsen?

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