Magnus Carlsen is the world chess champion, and by acclamation one of the best players in history.
But he said on Wednesday he would not take part in the world championships next year and voluntarily gave up the title he has won since winning it in 2013 when he was 22.
Now 31 and five-time world champion, Carlsen He said it was “Very relieved” of the decision, which he said he had thought about “for more than a year.”
“I’m not excited to play another match. I simply feel like I don’t have much to gain,” he said on the first episode of the new podcast, Magnus effect.
“Although I’m sure the match will be interesting for historical reasons and all that, I have no inclination to play, and simply won’t play the match.”
Carlsen announced the World Chess Day.
Carlsen was scheduled to defend his title against Russia’s Ian Nepomnyachchi in 2023. Now, Nepomnyachchi will play in place of China’s Ding Liren, with the winner winning the vacant title.
Carlsen said he did not particularly enjoy playing in the World Championships, which was held as a 12-14 singles match over several weeks. he won His most recent nickname By defeating Nepomnyakhchi in December in Dubai.
“The matches were sometimes fun, sometimes they were a little fun,” Carlsen said. “But overall, I feel like it’s time to go from the World Championship matches.”
Carlsen said he would continue to play competitive chess.
“I enjoy playing tournaments a lot,” he said on the podcast. “Obviously I enjoy them a lot more than I enjoy the world championship, and frankly I don’t see myself stopping as a chess player anytime soon.” He said he was heading to Croatia for the tournament later Wednesday.
Carlsen became a top captain at the age of 13, and the highest-rated player in the world with 19. He won the world title in 2013, ousting Viswanathan Anand, defending it four times, defeating Anand again, then Sergey Karjakin, Fabiano Caruana and most recently Nipomnyashchi.
Carlsen’s absence will leave a huge hole at the top of the chess world. He is the biggest star in the game by far, and is probably the only name known to many with an unofficial interest in the game. This recognition allowed him to expand his brand, and his fortune, through a series of educational projects and selling the game.
Its highest rating is 2882 which is the highest rating ever achieved. Chosen by Chess.com this year as a second best Player of all time, behind Garry Kasparov and one spot ahead of Bobby Fischer.
“Magnus is not tired, but I think he is bored with too many matches,” Kasparov He told the St. Louis Chess Club advance this month.
Carlsen has become interested in poker in recent years, and Play in the main event At the World Series of Poker last week. In fact, his Wednesday podcast began with a discussion of poker and Las Vegas, and he has kept his announcement of giving up the world title until 50 minutes have passed.
Carlsen is one of a small handful of top sports figures who have walked away at the top of their game. Many of them eventually returned.
“I don’t rule out a return in the future,” he said on Wednesday. “But I wouldn’t particularly rely on him either.”
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