Salah is addicted to chess – he dreams of meeting Magnus Carlsen

Salah is addicted to chess – he dreams of meeting Magnus Carlsen

Mohamed Salah (31) sent the assist that earned Liverpool a 1-1 draw against Manchester City. Now Al-Masry reveals that football is not the only thing he is addicted to.


-I play chess, and I am addicted to chess. He says every day, literally every day Sky Sports.

Unlike a number of other famous footballers, he has never met Magnus Carlsen (32) – but he still refers to the Norwegian world number one by his first name:

– i am good. I’m not Magnus. But I’m good. No one has a chance against Magnus. But I hope we can meet one day, continues the Liverpool star, who was second on the ball when teammate Trent Alexander-Arnold ‘silenced’ Al-Ittihad in the big match against Manchester City on Saturday:

Salah has a chess rating of 1400, while Carlsen has 2829. And that’s not the only thing that separates the two on the digital chessboard. While Carlsen plays online under the nickname “DrNykterstein”, Salah appears to be playing under his own name.

Because he spoke in an interview with Sky Sports about what happens when he plays:

– I enter my name and some numbers, then someone asks me, “Are you Mohamed Salah?”

– I say “yes”, they don’t believe it and say “you are lying”. And I say, “Yes, I’m lying.”

For those interested in football, Magnus Carlsen is primarily known as a Real Madrid fan, among other things because he started his career at the Santiago Bernabéu. The chess genius has already utilized Salah’s services in the popular Fantasy Premier League:

When Liverpool won the league championship in 2020, he posted this message on X:

Earlier this year, he visited Ajax when they played the Tata Steel Championship in the Netherlands.

Carlsen also enjoys joking with Barcelona, ​​Real Madrid’s rival, and expressed his admiration for Barcelona’s exit from the Champions League in the group stage last year. The Spanish giant relied on Viktoria Plzeň getting points from Inter in the last match. At the same time, Carlsen was playing the Fischer Chess World Championship in Iceland, but when Inter took a 2-0 lead (they won 4-0) he still took the time to mock rival Real Madrid:

“It’s good that the Inter match is not close, so I can focus on chess and Barcelona in the Europa League.”


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