Chess-Carlsen may not defend world title due to lack of motivation – Reuters

Chess-Carlsen may not defend world title due to lack of motivation – Reuters

Norwegian chess player Magnus Carlsen participates at the Energy Denmark Champions Battle 2019 in Circus Building, Copenhagen, Denmark May 22, 2019. Claus Bech/Ritzau Scanpix/via REUTERS

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Dec 14 (Reuters) – Norway’s Magnus Carlsen said on Tuesday he no longer felt motivated to defend his world chess championship title but wanted to continue playing the game.

The 31-year-old Carlsen claimed his fifth world chess crown in Dubai on Friday with a crushing 7.5-3.5 victory against Russia’s Ian Nepomniachtchi. read more

“It’s been clear to me for most of the year that this world championship should be the last,” Carlsen was quoted as saying by The Guardian in a podcast. “It doesn’t mean as much anymore as it once did.

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“For those who expect me to play the world championship next time, the chance that they will be disappointed is very great.

“It is important for me to say that I do intend to play chess. I will continue to play chess, it gives me a lot of joy. But the world championship has not been so pleasurable.”

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Source: https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/sports/chess-carlsen-may-not-defend-world-title-due-lack-motivation-2021-12-14/

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