“Nothing good to say”: Magnus Carlsen expresses his dissatisfaction with the format of the World Chess Championship


The recent World Chess Championships are proving to be an incredible competition. Significantly, Magnus Carlsen from Norway and Ian Nepomniachtchi from Russia fight each other. As both players match move by move, it looks like an unpredictable ending. When the fifth game ended in a tie, reporters asked questions about the format of the championship and Carlsen didn’t seem impressed.


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Significantly, in all the tension, he questioned the rules of competition; both competitors are faced. Hence, both players have addressed the issue.


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Magnus Carlsen hates the World Cup format

When the fifth game ended in a draw, Carlsen responded perfectly to the reporters. When reporters asked about the format of the last World Cup, Carlsen spoke about the problems involved.

“You have nothing good to say, it is better not to say anything” said Carlsen.

LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 28: Norwegian Magnus Carlsen receives the trophy after beating his opponent, American Fabiano Caruana, to regain his world chess title on November 28, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Dan Kitwood / Getty Images)

Both players did not want to comment on the formats because of their recent draw. However, Carlsen spoke of the system being favorable to the defending champions while the opponent is going through a tough process. In the meantime, he’s turned back the time to the 90s, when knockout tournaments were similar to the FIDE World Cup. The only downside to the rule was that normal players became world champions without performing consistently. As a result, no strong contenders became champions, forcing the rule-makers to change the tournament.


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Nepomniachtchi commented on the matter

The current system of the World Chess Championships includes various qualifying tournaments such as Grand Swiss, the Grand Prix Series and the candidates. On the plus side, it brings revenue to FIDE as it supports Carlsen’s position in chess and his business.

But losing the game would mean something different to Carlsen because his path to success would be difficult. An annual knockout world championship cannot work due to the existing ranking system. In summary, leaderboards don’t mean much as different contenders can win the tournament. This would put Carlsen at a considerable disadvantage, even though he is number one.


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YEKATERINBURG, RUSSIA – APRIL 28, 2021: Russian chess grandmaster Ian Nepomniachtchi, who won the FIDE Candidates Tournament with one round to go, poses for a photo after an awards ceremony at the FIDE Candidates Tournament. Nepomniachtchi will challenge the world chess champion, Norwegian chess grandmaster Magnus Carlsen, at the 2021 FIDE World Chess Championship, which is due to take place on December 24, 2021 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Donat Sorokin / TASS (Photo by Donat SorokinTASS via Getty Images)

His challenger Nepomniachtchi also spoke about the matter and the issues surrounding the current format.

“Of course it has some obvious drawbacks because it’s not played annually and so on, yes. But I mean, we can discuss it like we did all night. “ said Nepomniachtchi.


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The path looks difficult for both challengers as the game hits its anti-climax. Who do you think will win the World Cup?

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