Chess legend Magnus Carlsen does not want to participate in the world championship: “I have nothing to win”

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Magnus Carlsen, one of the best chess players in the world, announced on Wednesday that he has refused to play in next year’s World Cup against Ian Nepomniachtchi.

Carlsen, 31, told a podcast for his sponsor Unibet that he has no motivation to defend his title.

“I feel like I don’t have much to win, I don’t particularly like (championship matches) and although I’m sure the match would be interesting for historical reasons and all, I don’t have any desire to play and I just won’t play the match “, Norwegian chess champion It is reported by Reuters.

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Magnus Carlsen during the FIDE Chess World Rapid & amp;  Blitz 2021 in Warsaw, Poland on December 29, 2021

Magnus Carlsen during the FIDE Chess World Rapid & amp; Blitz 2021 in Warsaw, Poland on December 29, 2021
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“Ultimately, the conclusion is there, which I quite agree with, which I have thought about a lot for a long time, I would say more than a year … well before the last match.”

Carlsen beat Nepomniachtchi without losing a single game in the last match. The Russian chess player is likely to play with the Chinese Ding Liren. According to Chess.com, these three players are the best in the world.

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“And I talked to people from my team, I talked to FIDE, I talked to Jan too. And the conclusion is very simple: I have no motivation to play another match,” Carlsen continued.

Ian Nepomniachtchi of Russia competes with Richard Rapport of Hungary in the 12th round of the FIDE Candidates Chess Tournament at Santoña Palace on July 3, 2022 in Madrid, Spain.

Ian Nepomniachtchi of Russia competes with Richard Rapport of Hungary in the 12th round of the FIDE Candidates Chess Tournament at Santoña Palace on July 3, 2022 in Madrid, Spain.
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Carlsen is the World Grandmaster Chess Champion and a five-time World Chess Champion. In addition, he is a three-time world champion in rapid chess and a five-time world champion in blitz.

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Magnus Carlsen during the FIDE Chess World Rapid & amp;  Blitz 2021 in Warsaw, Poland on December 28, 2021.

Magnus Carlsen during the FIDE Chess World Rapid & amp; Blitz 2021 in Warsaw, Poland on December 28, 2021
(Photo by Olympics/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

He took first place in the ranking. 1 in FIDE World Chess rating since July 2011.