The champions are coming!
Magnus Carlsen is just days away from making the first move in his World Championship match against Ian Nepomniachtchi set to begin at the Dubai Exhibition Centre.Chess24 reports that in a new podcast interview hosted by his sponsor Unibet, World Champion Magnus hinted he will try to push for an early lead.
Throwback to 2019 with Carlsen and Nepomniachtchi having some fun at Tata Steel Tournament. In exactly one week, they will be making final preparations for the greatest mind battle of their lives. Are you ready? #TBT #ThrowbackThursday #FIDEMatch2021 #CarlsenNepo pic.twitter.com/6HGVF1hoP1
— chess24.com (@chess24com) November 18, 2021
Magnus Carlsen’s preparation for the 2021 World Championship Match, his fifth in total, appears to be somewhat unusual. After returning to Norway, having spent two weeks at a training camp in southern Spain, he’s been spotted playing a ton of bullet and blitz games, breaking records on Lichess. Carlsen also went to Tromsø with team mates from the Offerspill Chess Club to play one classical game in the Norwegian Team League, in which he beat GM Benjamin Arola Notkevich, rated 400 points lower than himself.
The World Champion has a word about Nepomniachtchi that should work well for anyone appearing in a major event in any sport:
“He rarely played well after having lost. Now he managed it eventually and has started to become more pragmatic.”
“You don’t succeed every time, but you try to make as good and detached decisions as possible. I felt then, and still feel, that I made the right decisions. When it comes to a World Championship match, people only see the result, so if it works you are a genius, and if it doesn’t you’re an idiot. Those with some experience know that it just isn’t that simple.”
Viswanathan Anand will do the commentary during the FIDE World Championship Match
Anand’s debut as a commentator was in 2020 as a part of the Chess.com commentary team for the FIDE Candidates Tournament.
“Looking forward to being in Dubai. What promises to be a great match. It’s even better when you can say “How come he didn’t play the move?“ See you soon,” the five-time world champion in three different formats wrote, replying to a tweet by FIDE announcing him as a commentator for the match, says the announcement on the FIDE website.
The showdown between the game’s finest Grandmasters takes place between 24 November and 16 December 2021 at Dubai Exhibition Centre,
The first game in the World Championship commences on November 26th at 16:30 Dubai/ 18:00 India.