Chess: Magnus Carlsen ‘in a deep funk’ after latest defeat to Daniil Dubov

The Russian eclipsed the world champion again as all four seeds were eliminated in the quarter-finals of the Airthings Masters

Magnus Carlsen’s erratic form since his 30th birthday a month ago suffered another dip on Wednesday when Russia’s Daniil Dubov used his mazy tactical skills to eliminate the world champion from the quarter-finals of the $200,000 online Airthings Masters and enhance the 24-year-old Muscovite’s own growing status as a creative and swashbuckling crowd favourite.

In the other quarter-finals, Levon Aronian (Armenia) beat Hikaru Nakamura (US), Teimour Radjabov (Azerbaijan) beat Ian Nepomniachtchi (Russia), and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (France) beat Wesley So (US).

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