Duel between chess giants gives Carlsen an extra kick

Magnus CarlsenMagnus Carlsen and Manager Espen Agdestein.Photo: Pontus Höök / NTB scanpix

Two years ago, Magnus Carlsen struggled during the World Championship title. In London, Fabiano Caruana kept the chess champion on his toes all the way through twelve matches.


Carlsen’s manager, Espen Agdestein, feels confident.He thinks we’ll see a concentrated world champion taking charge of the task, unlike he seemed to do
against Sergey Karjakin in 2016.

Then he became frustrated by the Russian’s defensive game,and after seven straight reminders, Karjakin moved back into the lead. Carlsen managed to turn it around and eventually won.

“Now he meets a challenger who is undoubtedly the second strongest in the world. It seems everyone agrees,so it’s set to be the ultimate World Championship match.

There could not be a stronger opponent, and it gives Magnus an extra kick. He likes playing against the very best’’ said Agdestein to NTB news.

The World Championship in London starts on Friday.The championship is played over twelve games, but ends at the moment one of the players has reached 6.5 points.


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