Lichess Titled Arena 4 set all kinds of new records. This time around we had 218 titled participants, including 34 GMs, playing bullet games against each other for 2 hours straight. Would World Champion Magnus Carlsen be able to defend his three-event long winning streak against this strong field?
An unknown GM account, @CleverTacticButFail, who was later revealed to be GM Andrew Tang, took the lead early on and held it for most of the tournament. At some point, GM Magnus Carlsen (@DrDrunkenstein) was more than 30 points behind the tournament leader. However, the last 30 minutes of the tournament turned into an insane comeback story that will be remembered for a very long time. Tang's nerves may have gotten in his way, or maybe he just got unlucky. In either case, he took a few losses and draws and was unable to maintain the valuable fire (winning streak). Magnus Carlsen, on his part, pulled off an incredible, and unheard of, 19-game winning streak to close the gap and finish the tournament 8 points ahead of Andrew Tang.
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