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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  • 3 years ago


    Dont know why but it feels for me that Carlsen dont t have much consideration for Anand, which is weird since he s one of most polite and humble Gms.

  • 3 years ago


    Anand deserves to come out on top, thanks to Aronian and Kramnik trailing significantly at this point.  Anand also deserves to retire as a champion.  Too bad it won't happen while Carlsen is the true king.  Carlsen owns Anand probably more than Carlsen owns Nakamura.  

  • 3 years ago


    Anand's performance in this tournament has been phenomenal but he won't beat Carlsen for only one reason and that is his age.  Carlsen has the stamina AND the knowledge to take a game to any length after which his opponent collapses from sheer fatigue specially if he is double his age.  So sorry Anand fans not much to hope for but take your hats off to Anand.  He has proved himself a true champion many times over.  Let us celebrate MC the new champion gracefully.

  • 3 years ago


    Anand amazed the world in this tournament. Still it is doubtful that he can beat Calson. Most probably , he will be the challenger, I AM SURE.

  • 3 years ago


    Zermelo, that's probably not the best methodology. By looking at the global score your methodology is less able to detect local events, specifically that Anand was better when Carlsen was younger, and now Carlsen is better.

  • 3 years ago


    True, Zermelo, let's also not forget that Anand's last win over Carlsen was in 2010 when Carlsen wasn't even 20 yet and used to play the Sicilian Dragon with black.

  • 3 years ago


    Let's not forget, Anand and Carlsen are still +6-6=28. Carlsen is a favourite but it's not as clear as people think.

  • 3 years ago


    chess unwritten rule ex chempion has too get his rematch.Thats why they tanking their games.

  • 3 years ago


    Anand deserves it.  Been so refreshing to see how freely he has played and I hope he does the same against Magnus later this year.  If so, the World Championship will be so much more exciting than last year's.

    Oh and let's make it twenty-four games again!

  • 3 years ago


    wow that was quick!

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