Chess is sexy again. But for Magnus Carlsen, it’s business as usual at the World Chess Championship

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He will face challenger Ian Nepomniachtchi in 14 games for eye-watering prize money $2.24 million, Friday’s first match ended in a draw.
not from the 1970s, when American legend Bobby Fischer Burst on the scene, has the game caught the attention of the world like this. Is Chess Sexy Again? It doesn’t matter to Carlsen, as he prepares to defend his title.

“The question is, is smart the new sexy? And in that case, chess most certainly is. Personally, I don’t really care,” he told Granthshala Connect the World in an exclusive television interview before his first game. told.

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A soft laugh saying this comes as a surprise, considering his harsh attitude throughout the day. It didn’t take him long to drop his smile and refocus on what he does best — winning.

“It’s not a question of enjoying the World Championship so much. At events like this, it’s more business.”

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Carlson does his best to remain indifferent to anything during press conferences and interviews. But he has a strong opinion on how the game should be changed to ensure that it takes care of the current ground level of aspiring players.

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“I have been someone who has supported fast play at the world championships for a long time,” he said. “I think people who are not into chess at all, who know nothing about the game, you are naturally more attracted to fast games.”

World championship games can last for hours and often end in ties because mistakes are so rare. Carlsen’s last two championship matches ended in a tie and the players had to part ways with a tiebreaker.

It ranks the Norwegian Grandmaster that he did not win outright and aims to show what he is really capable of against Nepomniachtchi.

“I didn’t show what I was capable of at critical moments,” he said. “I think it’s a lot about me and I’m really looking forward to going and showing more of what I’m capable of.” [so far],

Carlsen’s love of fast-paced chess is not surprising, as he is the current world champion in both “rapid” and “blitz” formats – games that typically last 15 minutes or less.

His tiebreak victories in previous championship games were both in rapid format and there are many videos on YouTube showing his quick thinking.

Computers are now powerful enough to calculate billions of possible move combinations in seconds, deciding the best possible option. It makes preparation more difficult and less enjoyable, and Carlsen thinks faster games will help solve that.

“If people are attracted to sports, if they enjoy it, whatever motivation they have for it – whether it’s because others love it or it comes from within – I think it’s very It’s good.”

Greatest ever?

Carlsen can be considered as the greatest chess player of all time. He has been the world champion for eight years and scored the longest unbeaten run in history.

He is only behind Russian Grandmaster Garry Kasparov in the weeks he spent as the highest-rated player.

Carlson said, “I would say that Gary dominated for 20 years. And even if I won this championship, I would still have a way to reach his heights.” “And if I don’t, it won’t break my sleep.”

Russian chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov in Lisbon on November 3.

Now, a new challenger is said to be taking over both of his achievements. Alireza Turquoise broke one of Carlson’s own records this week. The 18-year-old Iranian-born Frenchman became the youngest player to reach an Elo rating of 2,800, a feat achieved by only 14 other players in history.

While Carlson is confident he can defeat Nepomniachtchi – as most pundits do – he is not so sure about the new world. 2, turquoise.

He said, “His achievements are extraordinary, and it is clear that he has long been named Crown Prince. He is a watcher for me and for others. And hopefully, this will inspire us all.” ”

For now, Carlsen reigns supreme in the chess world and will continue to do so for years to come if he can win in Dubai in the next fortnight.

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