Sunday, July 27, 2014

Relentless, gradually overpowering opponents and never giving up

Chess by Shelby Lyman
on July 26, 2014 - 12:01 AM

Like many great players, Magnus Carlsen has few explicit secrets. In part, because his manner at the chessboard, his play and the games themselves are transparent. There is not much to hide.

In interviews he is ready to talk about his overall approach to the game, perhaps because he feels doing so is likely to intimidate at least as much as help his opponents.

Carlsen’s faith in his powers drives the discourse.

“I’m definitely the best in the world,” he told Shortlist magazine in a May interview. “My approach is based on that confidence. You should be cocky.”

Before he became the world classical champion, Carlsen’s play was raised to a new level by training for most of a year (2009-2010) with the former champion Garry Kasparov.

“The way he understands the dynamics of chess is incredible,” says Carlsen.

Carlsen likes to compare himself to the tennis player Rafael Nadal, “We’re relentless, gradually overpowering our opponent and never giving up.”

Drawing a game with Levon Aronian of Armenia in the recent World Rapid tournament, he commented:

“A very good, interesting game and I had to use all my powers to stay alive.”

Carlsen described another game with Alexander Grischuk as having been “completely in ruins” in the early stages. After “somehow surviving,” Carlsen managed a win.

The win against Grischuk earned Carlsen the World Rapid title.



Anonymous said...

But Carlsen is afraid of Nakamura.

Anonymous said...

Yes, he is.
Ever since he saw Naka in swimming trunks.

Anonymous said...

Carlsen is the best right now with Anand , karjakin, Levin, mvl and Wesley in a second group not at carlsen's level yet. Nakamura's name shouldn't even be mentioned here for he has always been Magnus' punching bag

Anonymous said...

Nakamura is the best chess player in the universe. No ifs and No buts. Period.

Anonymous said...

Nakamura will easily annihilate all the GMs mentioned above blind folded. Yes you can take that to the bank.

Anonymous said...

Naka is the best from bottom most.....!!!

Anonymous said...

Carlsen will easily cook naka for a delicious soup....