Carlsen on the Candidates’ After Round 12

  • PeterDoggers
  • on 3/28/14, 8:19 AM.

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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  • 20 months ago



  • 20 months ago


    Hi everyone, I think we all feel sorry for the lion who has been ruling his territory since decade, now being challanged by young and energetic. But we all know it has to be happen one day and the king will have to vacant his seat for his successor...

  • 20 months ago


    We want this Anand back and show some exciting games with Carlsen.

  • 20 months ago


    He was teasing. All in good spirits and it was in good taste. 

  • 20 months ago


    You should see the way Magnus Carlsen was treating his manager in the last video... No surprise he's alone in this one, LOL!

  • 20 months ago


    "I read something Kramnik said about 'Well, I'm not Carlsen so I cannot win every equal end game.  They don't blunder like that against me.'  Well, that might be true, but it does sound a little bit like an excuse."

    Carlsen used the word "tenacity" or "tenacious" several times.  I think that's what sets him apart right now.  What Anand and others call "dry and dull" is really just wearing down your opponent and being unwilling to give up on a drawn position.  I guess that's why he's World Champion.

  • 20 months ago


    To the camera man: YOU HAD ONE JOB!

  • 20 months ago


    He's powering up now with more orange juice.

  • 20 months ago


    Interesting and honest analysis of the candidates!

    Carlsen does have respect for Anand, he's just being honest about the fact that Anand is kinda walking away with it..

  • 20 months ago



    Pls tell me if u really heard what was der in interview Or u are posting just for the sake of argument. Cummon look at the context Anand was referring to. He said "Carlsen like playing dry and dull position which is good for him. Carlsen totally deserve to win "

    That was simple analysis and appreciation by Anand.

  • 20 months ago


    in_prasad: anand has really said that carlsen was playing very boring, here is the interview:

  • 20 months ago


    I think he's spot on about the "need to find a middle ground, a balance" in this sort of tournaments.

  • 20 months ago


    Two more round to go and Anand has not lost one game; that shows how incredible talented and gifted player Anand is. He might win one and draw the other but he won't lose.

  • 20 months ago



    Lol I had aslo googled. Nothing found till now.

    What I found -->

    Anand after last WCC "I was outplayed by Carlsen".


    Carlsen after last WCC : "I learned lot from Anand but now It's my time to teach Anand".

  • 20 months ago


    Nice video

  • 20 months ago


    in_prasad, you're probably right. It doesen't feel like something Anand would say and a Google search didn't turn up any hits.

  • 20 months ago


    Anand vs Andreikin, a really exciting game:

  • 20 months ago



    Can you share the source of information where and when Anand said Carlsen's game as "Dull and dust".

    In fact in one of the interview before last WCC by Times or Indian express (I do not remember exactly ) newspaper, Anand said something like this --> Players like Carlsens comes once in century.

    It's very unlikely Anand would call Carlsen's game dull and dust. May b entire conversation will show some light on what actually Anand meant.

  • 20 months ago


    In response to oruisousa's comment my take is that both carlsen and anand are vying for the same prize.  so the rivalry is natural.  anand is generally a polite guy but he has described carlsen's game as "dull as dust".  So not much politeness lost between the two players there.

  • 20 months ago


    Everybody is just writing off Anand just because of his previous result against Magnus. I think in a return match he will definitely do better for odvious reasons. Never underestimate a determined and well preparred Anand. He still plays some positions better than Magnus. 

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