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Chess TV's interview with Carlsen

  • PeterDoggers
  • on 11/26/13, 8:28 AM.

Unfortunately the interview with Magnus Carlsen we were hoping to do today couldn't go through. Because he will be leaving shortly for Norway, we instead sent our selection of questions (asked by you!) via email to his manager, and we hope to receive Magnus' answers soon. Meanwhile, another interview was published online: the one produced by the Chess TV team, who were also responsible for the live broadcast of the Anand-Carlsen match. They agreed that the interview could be embedded here on Chess.com.

Anastasiya Karlovich spoke to Carlsen on Monday shortly after the closing ceremony about his ambition to go for this title, about the most interesting games, about the meaning of the title compared to the number one spot in the rankings, about not naming the seconds, whether he feels tired, whether it will change his life, about chess in Norway, about his preparation, about comparing with Bobby Fischer, about his plans in the near future, and about how long Magnus can live without chess & internet, about motivation and about his father Henrik.

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  • 19 months ago


    I think there is no seconds - Magnus likes to do things his own way....

  • 20 months ago


    Thanks for the interview Magnus and chess TV

  • 20 months ago


    For a Carlsen interview, this was surprisingly meaningful.  Most of his other interviews so far have felt like he's trying to avoid answering the questions, whereas here he only avoided one question (about his team and why he keeps it a secret) but was more relaxed and ready to answer the rest.

  • 20 months ago


    @Vo1d3mort: I see your point and I think you're right, but don't forget that revealing the names of those he works with, could possibly reveal A LOT about Magnus' style and approach to chess. Above that, if he'd reveal the name of, say, Caruana, Kramnik or Giri as his second, that'd bring a massive discussion about what can and can't be done in a Championship Match. Understandably, Carlsen would like to avoid that. 

  • 20 months ago


    Btw why does he refuse to reveal the names of his seconds ? They could profit from the Magnus-hype a bit, become more famous. If they for example have written some books, those books could see an increase in sales etc.  It's not good sportmanship to deny them the public honor of having helped someone to become a world champion.

  • 20 months ago


     well of course a natural english speaking person would have no problem... the problem is for all people that need extra sharp english for easier understanding.

  • 20 months ago


    wow what a bunch of trolls

    @Dekker @Basrohs @BigBikeFan

  • 20 months ago


    Her English is fine; this lifelong new yorker understood her without any difficulty. Funny how some of you drama queens need to try to make an issue out of anything.

  • 20 months ago


    lol Vo1d3mort, I guess Germans will be Germans

  • 20 months ago


    I understood her just fine. Her accent didn't bother me at all.

  • 20 months ago


    @Dekker: I ought to concur, and it isn't just pity - it's a shame how subpar her English is, especially considering she works in the media field. I hope she plays chess better than she speaks English.

  • 20 months ago


    Yes, Nastja is very beautful, she has good genes. I wonder what happened if she'd reproduce with Magnus. We might see a very handsome chess genius baby ;)

  • 20 months ago


    I love how poorly these are done, gives it charm, like the guy who realizes he's in the shot in the beginning.

  • 20 months ago


    It's naive not to praise his strengths and bring up something unimportant like his English speaking ability which I personaly think he's speaking well.

  • 20 months ago


    A pity about her English though...

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  • 20 months ago


    I love u Anastasiya Karlovich !!Wink

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