The world champion shares his motivational struggles before an intriguing showdown with his old rival Ian Nepomniachtchi
“I’m less hungry. I think you’re always going to be if you’re playing for the world title for the fifth time, rather than the first.” It is quite the opening gambit from Magnus Carlsen, in his final newspaper interview before he puts his crown on the line again. But sport’s deepest thinker is merely revving up before he truly opens up.
Carlsen has long established himself as the greatest chess player of his generation. Perhaps any generation, given he is the highest-rated of all time and has held the Fide world title since 2013. But there is something else that marks the Norwegian out in an era where sporting superstars are increasingly bland and on brand: his unflinching honesty.
Written by Sean Ingle in Dubai
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2021/nov/24/magnus-carlsen-the-big-advantage-is-that-i-am-the-better-chess-player under the title “Inside the mind of Magnus Carlsen: ‘I am happy to win in any way possible’ | Sean Ingle”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.