Magnus Carlsen may have played his last World Chess Championship in classic chess

Magnus CarlsenPhoto: Heiko Junge / NTB
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In an interview with Unibet, Magnus Carlsen said that he most likely played his last World Chess Championship in classic chess and that he would not defend the title in the future.

31-year-old Magnus Carlsen suggested that his victory over 31-year-old Jan Nepomnyashchij was his last WC match. The newspaper VG writes that Norway’s world champion will probably give up the title.

“There is a very high chance that those who expect me to play the World Chess Championship next time will be disappointed,” Carlsen told his friend Magnus Barstad, who interviewed him in Dubai for Unibet.

However, Carlsen is open to defending the World Chess Championship title for the fifth time if 18-year-old Alireza Firouzja becomes his opponent.

The Iranian-born Frenchman, on the other hand, must first qualify via Fide’s candidate tournament. That has proven to be at least as tough as a WC duel – eight chess grandmasters are fighting to become challengers.

Carlsen, on the other hand, will not give up chess. 

“It has been clear to me most of the year that this WC match should be the last. It does not mean as much (to me) as it once did,” Carlsen said in the interview.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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