Magnus Carlsen will not defend his World Chess Championship title in 2023

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  • Ding Liren will now step up and face Ian Nepomniachtchi
  • ‘I simply feel that I don’t have a lot to gain,’ says world No 1

Magnus Carlsen says he will not defend his World Chess Championship title in 2023 against Russia’s Ian Nepomniachtchi. The five-times winner is not retiring but promising “to be the best in the world” even if that means taking no part in chess’s showpiece event.

China’s world No 2, Ding Liren, will now step up and face Nepomniachtchi, who Carlsen beat last year in Dubai.

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Written by Andy Martin
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2022/jul/20/magnus-carlsen-will-not-defend-his-world-chess-championship-title-in-2023 under the title “Magnus Carlsen will not defend his World Chess Championship title in 2023”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.