18-year-old Russian chess player Andrei Esipenko spoke on Match TV about his victory over the world champion, Norwegian Magnus Carlsen.
Esipenko said that he was not worried at all in front of the game, but the thought that he could defeat the reigning world champion made him worried. He added that he believed in victory, but did not understand what to expect from 30-year-old Carlsen. “It’s still a different level. As if I’m going into the unknown … ”- the grandmaster recalled.
Esipenko defeated Carlsen on January 28 at a tournament in Wijk aan Zee, Holland. The Norwegian resigned after the 32nd move. The Russian interrupted the opponent’s 125-match unbeaten run.
After 11 games of the tournament, the Dutch chess player Anish Giri is in the lead with 7.5 points. The second place is shared by Fabiano Caruana, Jorden van Forest and Alireza Firouzja with seven points each. Esipenko has 6.5 points.
Carlsen has been the holder of the chess crown since 2013. He last defended his title in 2018, beating American Fabiano Caruana.