Iran's Alireza Firouzja plays against Belarus' Vladislav Kovalev during the first round of the 82nd release of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament in Wijk aan Zee, The Netherlands, in January. - File photograph

DUBAI – Iranian refugee Alireza Firouzja stunned the universe of chess on Thursday in the wake of winning the Banter Blitz Cup by vanquishing Norwegian World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen.

Firouzja guaranteed the $14,000 prize by crushing Carlsen 8.5-7.5 in the last.

Sixteen-year-old Firouzja quit Iran’s national team in December in protest at the republic’s informal ban on competing against Israelis.

Alireza Firouzja Chess Champion
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Stressed over a potential coordinate with Israeli players, the Iranian chess league decided not to take an interest in the Moscow World Blitz in December. This didn’t impede Firouzja, who partook in the opposition under the banner of FIDE – the worldwide chess association – and came next to Carlsen.

Firouzja has been playing under the banner of FIDE since. He moved to France toward the finish of 2019 so he could play chess with no administration limitations.

Firouzja and Carlsen will confront each other again on Monday in the $250,000 Magnus Carlsen Invitational.

Iran has taboo its competitors from going up against Israeli rivals since 1979.

This arrangement got Iran restricted from universal judo rivalries last October.

The decision came after 2018 best on the planet Saeid Mollaei strolled off the Iranian group in August, saying he had been requested to lose coordinates and pull back from rivalries so as not to confront Israelis. – Al Arabiya English


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