Expectations were high when Liverpool player Trent Alexander-Arnold locked horns with World No 1 Magnus Carlsen for a game of chess. But, it ended even before one could imagine, all it took the grandmaster was 17 moves to end the Liverpool players dream. It took tentatively five minutes for the champion to finish the full-backs hopes. The same Liverpool full-back had in 2014 defeated Microsoft’s Bill Gates in a game of chess and that made fans believe that he could put up a good show against Carlsen, but that was not to be.Also Read - Manchester United Confirm Agreement With Real Madrid For Raphael Varane's Transfer
The match organised by the Kaspersky Lab and World Chess to promote the forthcoming World Chess Championship. After the loss, the footballer expressed how proud he was to be contributing in his way for the sport. Also Read - Ruben Dias Clinches Premier League Player of The Season Award; Pep Guardiola Wins in Manager Category
He said:’I am definitely not on his level at chess, I play it for fun and he is the champion of the sport for eight years, that’s quite a record.’ Also Read - EURO 2020: England Announce 26-Man Squad as Jesse Lingard Misses Out
He added: ‘This whole experience has been an eye-opener, not only into just how much goes into becoming great at the game but also seeing the similarities between it and the sport I love, football.”
‘Football and chess can seem like polar sporting opposites, but there are so many similarities with the modern game. Technology is playing an increasingly important role in the life of a footballer and I guess that is true across most sports now,” he concluded.
Earlier, he had finished Gates’ in eight moves. After the match, he also said that he would be practising even more and there surely would be a rematch, which would be exciting for fans.
Meanwhile, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Kylian Mbappe are among the ten nominees for the first Kopa Trophy – awarded to the best U21 player in the world.