Magnus Carlsen’s Former Manager Claims Chess Can Soon Overtake Tennis in Popularity

Published 12/13/2021, 2:05 PM EST
KATWIJK AAN ZEE, NETHERLANDS – JANUARY 16: Magnus Carlsen of Norway competes against Daniil Dubov of Russia during the 82nd Tata Steel Chess Tournament held at the home of PSV football club, Philips Stadion on January 16, 2020 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)


Exhibiting dominance yet again, Magnus Carlsen won the FIDE World Chess Championship for the 5th time. With a score of 7.5-3.5, the icon went home with the title last Friday, in Dubai.

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Notably, the grandmaster has several opening moves that make the game tricky from the very beginning. It’s a tactic he uses often to fight the opponent and minimize the use of pre-game computer analysis. Notably, the middle game, which demands practice and experience, is Carlsen’s favorite part.

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Chess, being the game of patience, requires strategic moves. As the game has seen an unprecedented rise in recent times, Carlsen’s former manager claims that soon it might take over other sports like tennis.

Magnus Carlsen’s former manager predicts chess to grow more popular

Chess received a lot of popularity, ever since the release of the Netflix series, ‘The Queens Gambit’. Displaying both the good and bad sides of the game, the series had a significant impact on the sport.

Carlsen’s former manager and co-founder of Play Magnus, recently expressed his views on the growing popularity of the game.

YEKATERINBURG, RUSSIA – APRIL 28, 2021: Russian chess grandmaster Ian Nepomniachtchi, who has won the FIDE Candidates Tournament with a round to spare, gives a press conference following the FIDE Candidates Tournament. Nepomniachtchi will challenge World Chess Champion, Norwegian chess grandmaster Magnus Carlsen at the 2021 FIDE World Chess Championship that is scheduled to take place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on November 24-December 16, 2021. Donat Sorokin/TASS (Photo by Donat SorokinTASS via Getty Images)

Old chess has lagged behind compared to other sports when it comes to commercialization and accessibility. The internet provides chess with a huge opportunity because chess is exactly the same online, unlike other sports. Tennis isn’t the same when played online, for example,” said Espen.

According to Agdestein, there is a lot more still to come for chess.

Espen Agdestein talks about the game and its revolution underway

Highlighting the revolution the game is experiencing currently, Espen pointed out the money being rolled into the sport.

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Chess players are interested in engineering and finance, and they are looking for more audiences all the time. The blockchain companies have a lot of money,” said Agdestein.

NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 12: Reigning Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen speaks during the press conference after a draw at 2016 World Chess Championship at Fulton Market Building on November 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Agon Limited)

This is a great time for the sport, and every parent would like to see their kids play chess,” he added.

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He also acknowledged how chess creates a homely environment and helps one develop their planning and strategic mindset. What are your thoughts about Espen’s comments? Do you feel the same about the game or think otherwise? Let us know in the comments.

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Richa Goswami

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Richa Goswami is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports. As an adherent learner, she uses her journalistic persona to navigate through new skills. Richa has completed her schooling at Don Bosco.

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