After 7 months and 131 matches, the three-minute series of matches involving 128 competitors ended in a final between the world champion since 2013 and the rising superstar.
Before the confrontation, the world n ° 1 did not underestimate Firouzja, calling it “by far my biggest challenge”.
Firouzja first gained fame when he came second behind Carlsen at the World Blitz in Moscow in December.
And after losing the 90-minute competition, Carlsen paid tribute to the teenager, calling him “incredibly strong”.
“I just have to be better, but yes, he’s incredibly strong! Full credit.”
Firouzja was gracious in his victory.
“I think the game was 50:50,” said the teen, who is ranked # 21 in the world. “I don’t think I was preferred or he was preferred … you should be lucky.”
Chess fans won’t have to wait long to see a rematch between the two, as they will face each other again on April 20 in the $ 250,000 Magnus Carlsen Invitational.
The competition, organized by Carlsen, will oppose eight of the best players in the world against each other for the record price.
Play under another flag
The adolescent grandmaster moved to France at the end of 2019 with his father so that he could compete with Israeli adversaries.
Like chess, the sport of judo has seen fighters go against orders from Iranian authorities to avoid Israeli competition.
The 27-year-old ignored these warnings and after losing in the semi-finals of the competition – a result which he claims arose out of emotional stress caused by demand from the Iranian authorities – went to Germany to begin the asylum process.
As a result, the Iranian Judo Federation has been suspended from international competition.