Tuesday, December 06, 2022

End of an era: Carlsen will not defend his title as World Chess Champion. Norwegian announces it will not compete in 2023

Norwegian Magnus Carlson announced via his podcast that Won’t defend their world chess champion title in 2023, “I’m not inspired by the idea of ​​playing another game. I feel like I don’t have much to gain. I don’t like it,” he said in the first episode of his podcast. Magnus Effect,

Carlsen is considered one of the best chess players of all time and the greatest champion in history. Will end a reign he has held since 2013, when he was crowned the youngest champion in history at the age of 21, A few months earlier he had expressed the possibility of not defending the title after defeating Russian Ian Nepomniachi.

“While I am sure a game will be interesting for historical and other reasons, I have no desire to play and I will not play just for the sake of it.”Carlson added to his podcast over the past few hours. “Overall, I think it’s time for me to skip the World Cup games. I do not exclude a return in the future.”He told, while denying that he was going to retire.

The International Chess Federation (FIDE) had scheduled a world title match between Carlsen and Nepomniachtchi next year. The Norwegian resignation opens the door for Chinese Ding Liren, who finished second in the Candidates tournament,

FIDE leaders have spent these months trying to woo Carlsen with a change in the format of a match that distributes up to two million euros in prizes. Norwegian Sum He warned that he was only interested in playing for the world title with Iranian Alireza Firoza.The candidates who finished sixth in the tournament.

Talks between Carlson (whose representative is his father) and FIDE have stalled in recent weeks. The truth is that the world’s best player urged a change in format following the development of a 2018 match against American Fabiano Caruana.In which both drew in twelve scheduled games and Carlsen won in a quick tiebreak.

“Magnus Carlsen deserves the respect only of us and the entire chess community in whatever decisions he makes regarding his career.”President of FIDE, Russian Arkady . assured to dvorkovic, after the announcement of the defending champion. “We expected that, after a well-rested one, Magnus would see things differently, but that’s not enough for him to change his mind,” he said. “Disappointment for the fans and bad news for the show” Don’t protect your crown.

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