An 18-year-old Russian defeats the world chess champion almost 8 years after being photographed with him in a tournament

The Russian grandmaster was successful in one of the rounds of the Tata Steel tournament in the Netherlands.

The young Russian talent Andrei Yesipenko has defeated the world chess champion, the Norwegian Magnus Carlsen, in the Tata Steel tournament in Wijk aan Zee (Netherlands).

In the 8th round of the event last Sunday, the 18-year-old Russian grandmaster faced Carlsen’s Najdorf variant with controlled aggression and without giving the champion any option, building his win in 38 moves.

“I think it is one of the best days of my life. I feel great, I have no words. After the initial part I thought I had a chance considering the situation on the board,” said the Russian in an interview.

Yesipenko said that after one of Carlsen’s plays he saw that he was in a winning position. “I don’t know how I’ll celebrate it, but I’m going to sleep very well tonight,” he said.

Several international media released the photographs of Carlsen and Yesipenko during the game and a snapshot of the two taken in 2013, when the Norwegian agreed to pose with him at an event.

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