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Magnus Carlsen’s Next World Championship Appearance Depends Upon a 19-Year-Old Grand Master, Will He Live Up to the Expectations?

Published 06/18/2022, 12:46 PM EDT

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When champions go to sleep, what do they dream of? Well, it’s hard to say for someone like Magnus Carlsen who has achieved every single thing there is in the world of chess. However, the bigger question is, what if he gets bored being the best Grand Master in the world for so long? At least that’s what he portrayed with his unusual terms for the next World Chess Championship in 2023.

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Since Magnus Carlsen became the world number in 2013, no one was worthy enough to beat him in the world championships. However, as they say, ‘all good things must come to an end,’ so shall his reign. Though to make it happen, the top eight Grand Masters of the world are currently competing against each other in Madrid, Spain.


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Magnus Carlsen has a demand for the next world chess championship

When Carlsen won the world chess championship against the Russian Grand Master Ian Nepomniachtchi in 2021, he made it quite clear that he was bored playing against his generation. To express his weariness, he said, “If someone other than Firouzja wins the Candidates Tournament, it is unlikely that I will play the next world championship match,”


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Keeping that in mind, the youngest ever Grand Master to cross the 2800 Elo rating will have a lot to prove. Obviously, Alireza Firouzja is highly skilled and talented, but the road to the world championship is not going to be easy for him.


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Furthermore, knowing that winning the candidates’ tournament would mean that he’ll compete against one of the best chess players in history is going to be quite overwhelming for him.


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Road to World Chess Championship, 2023

The candidates’ tournament has already begun in Madrid on 17th June 2022. Although Alireza has started with a draw against Teimour Radjabov, there are still more matches to come. However, given that the players competing in the candidates’ tournament are the best of the best, Alireza will have to bring forth his A-game.


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Among other favorites are American Grand Master Hikaru Nakamura and last year’s challenger Ian Nepomniachtchi. Though it’s difficult to reach any conclusion given that the tournament is still in its initial stage.

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Saurav Panwar


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Saurav Panwar is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports. A postgraduate in Media and Communication Studies, he shares a profound love for creative direction and filmmaking. Saurav is also an avid reader and a literature devotee whose fandom spreads from classics to sci-fi, non-fiction, plays, comics, and much more.
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