Magnus Carlsen’s gambit is set to devalue world chess crown

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Magnus Carlsen, just 31, has made a courageous and somewhat understandable decision of not defending his world chess crown.
The five-time champion is NOT running away from the challenger. For, he had defeated the same challenger (Ian Nepomniachchtchi of Russia) 4-0 in their match. But the Norwegian is tired of the Matchplay process and feels even the successful campaign is not rewarding enough vis-à-vis the effort.

Citing a lack of motivation, chess world number one Magnus Carlsen on Wednesday announced that he would not defend his world championship title in 2023, but stressed that he was not retiring from chess.

“I am not motivated to play another match… I simply feel that I don’t have a lot to gain. I don’t particularly like it,” Carlsen said in the first episode of his podcast “The Magnus Effect”.

Carlsen has repeatedly hinted that, bored with a title he has held for nearly 10 years, he may give up his throne without a fight.

Source By – The Times of india

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