Carlsen on the Candidates’ After Round 12

  • PeterDoggers
  • on 28/3/14 8:19.

For the second time World Champion Magnus Carlsen has posted a video on his YouTube channel in which he gives his opinion on the Candidates’ Tournament, currently under way in Khanty-Mansiysk, Siberia. The video was uploaded today, eight days after his first video (posted here).

Carlsen talks about the current situation, with Vishy Anand still being a point ahead of Levon Aronian and Sergey Karjakin & Shakhriyar Mamedyarov having half a point less. Some quotes:

“It feels like several of the players have been trying hard to gain the initiative and when something goes wrong they don't defend very well. That's been a little bit disappointing, the level of tenacity in their games.”

“If Karjakin had won [either against Topalov or Mamedyarov], he could have won the tournament by beating Anand tomorrow. Now I'm not so optimistic on his behalf. I think Anand is just going to hold and win the whole thing.”

“Overall it's been an exciting tournament. The quality has been a bit up and down. I think it really shows, in the games of the players, that only first place counts but as I said, that's no reason to defend poorly and play too desperately [smiles]. I think you need to find a middle ground, find a balance. There's one player who has managed to do that so far: Anand. That's why I think he's going to win.”

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  • hace 3 años


    I find Carlsen inspiring in many ways....he has strong nerves, stays in superb shape (I am a tennis player, and I saw a video where they show him hitting a backhand, and he can play good tennis as well!), and has an incredible amount of poise.

    Combine this with his great intuitive feel for the pieces (akin to Smyslov), his indefatigable resourcefulnesss ( like Lasker), his virtuoso handling of "simple" positions (like Karpov), and you have a player who is very, very hard to beat.

    I would not be surprised if he goes through a period of relative invincibility.... it all depends how motivated he can stay towards chess...

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  • hace 3 años


    I always find it funny that people call carlsen boring. Why don't you just say "I'm mad that he's so good!"

  • hace 3 años


    anand ans carlsen were a great chessplayer, but I think carlsen will still be the wc for next 4 years

  • hace 3 años


    Talk is cheap.... Anand will give Carlsen a run for his money!

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  • hace 3 años


    Or will he?

    That's the thing with Anand. You can never be sure WHICH Anand is going to show up.

    The washed-up has-been? Or the world-class killer we've been seeing here?

  • hace 3 años


    He should be happy. He's going to be playing the overweight, over the hill Indian again.

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    lol....i was visualizing your comment in gollum's(or rather smeagol) voice

  • hace 3 años


    Carlsen does play boring chess. That is a fact. It does not requie Anand to say that. Ask any grandmaster and he would say that. Carlsen's strength lies in playing very long games games and tiring the opponents out. He would come to the groove only on later moves as he seldom gets any advantage in the openings or beginning middle games.

  • hace 3 años


    how come is not showing live coverage of the candidates?

  • hace 3 años


    Always interesting to get an 'insiders' view on things.  Thank you Mr. Carlsen for sharing your thoughts on the Challenger's Tournament with us.  :)

    And for what it is worth, many folks claimed Anand was past his prime in the last World Championship match vs. Carlsen; I think we are seeing quite clearly that Anand is still very much in the top ranks of chess ... and Carlsen REALLY IS that good ....

  • hace 3 años


    Carlsen should stick to playing chess. Public speaking just isn't his thing.

  • hace 3 años


    does any of you know what brand of orange juice Magnus drinks? is it Tropicana perhaps? is it smooth or with bits? looks smooth to me Laughing

  • hace 3 años


    It is quite astonishing how the myth of Boring Carlsen is spreading. The WC match contained games of average length, and you do not really have to look hard for great, entertaining chess from Carlsen (or from Anand, for that matter). I think TALminator got it spot on; Carlsen is a lot more tenacious than the challengers, which I think is fantastic. If you have ever won a tense game in the sixth hour of play, when everyone else has left the building, you know the great feeling that gives you. That is a result of being tenacious instead of being unambitious and opting for an early draw just because you know a computer have said the position is a draw in 297 moves.

    A rematch between Anand and Carlsen will be great for chess! I thoroughly look forward to that - fingers crossed Anand will win (if not, it would be very interesting to see Karjakin cathing up, he is a very interesting player).

  • hace 3 años


    Anand seems so wise.

    He is strategic not only on the board, but also outside it.

  • hace 3 años


    Magnus is coming off more and more like a jerk. I can't wait to see him get his due on the board. Go anyone BUT carlsen!

  • hace 3 años


    @NormanTaga: Please let's wait 2 more rounds (or possibly 1) before calling Anand the challenger Laughing

    But nevertheless, I hope Anand stays away from disasters...

  • hace 3 años


    considering current form of anand, we can expect some very good game in wc.wishing anand to maintain this level till nov.

  • hace 3 años


    If Anand ease the pressure during games with Carlsen....we can say possible retrieval of his title....caused now Anand is a challanger...Carlsen might face little bit tension to defend his title....

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