– It feels very good, says Magnus Carlsen.
It has now been almost a week since the Norwegian world superstar outlasted Rameshbapu Pragnananda in two replays in a World Cup final.
In an interview with NRK, Carlsen says that this particular victory tasted particularly good.
There are few things I’ve wanted to win more than this in the last two years. “So, it feels great,” says the Norwegian.
– The set is complete
After victory became real, he posted the following “shameless” message on X/Twitter:
In the message, Carlsen wrote: “Chess?”, followed by a GIF with the text “I finished it.” The message has received more than 43,000 likes, and at the time of writing, it has been viewed by 1.7 million users.
– What do you mean by this message?
– It’s just that this was, in a way, the only major in classical chess that I didn’t win. “Now that collection is complete, and I’m very happy about that,” says Carlsen.
– Did you simply get the hang of it?
– Yes. Classic chess anyway. Obviously there are always things to achieve, but I’ve come as close to the game as possible, I know that, says Carlsen with a wide smile.
– sThe world’s most thirsty chess player of all time
In the list of Carlsen’s merits, one can find, among others, five golds in the World Classic Chess Championship, four golds in the World Rapid Chess Championship and six golds in the World Blitz Championship.
Chess expert Torsten Bey described the winner as a “fantastic achievement”.
– When you look at all his wins, World Cup, World Championship, Long Chess, Rapid Chess, Lightning Chess and so on. There’s no other way to look at it than that Magnus Carlsen is the world’s greatest chess player of all time, Pai concluded for NRK.
Faced with the chess star’s statement that he has completed the classic part of Chess, Pi answers as follows:
– Apparently he’s been through the chess tournament in some way, he’s won absolutely everything. It may also be said before that that he could conscientiously withdraw. Meanwhile, I think he is keen to win more.
But what does it actually mean to win a game of chess in Lumedalen?
– The only thing he hasn’t won is the Fischer Chess World Championship. So that’s probably the only thing we can still say. Hopefully there will be another toilet in the spring. Other than that, the big thing is for Magnus WC in rapid chess and blitz, which have a huge stature, says Pai.
At the same time, the chess expert believes it is only a matter of time before Carlsen, who has already said he does not want to play the World Cup in Long Chess, withdraws entirely from the tournament system.
The motive for the long game of chess is small, Carlsen assures NRK, but he is not done with it yet.
Maybe I’ll play first when I feel like there are some special occasions. Preferably for social reasons, or more for fun, says Carlsen.
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