The best grandmaster of recent years, the current champion Norwegian Magnus Carlsen in an interview with RBC spoke about the passion for football, named his strongest opponent and pointed out the main mistake of Napoleon Bonaparte and Adolf Hitler
The first in the history of chess absolute world champion (in three categories): since 2013 – the world champion in classical chess; in 2014–2016 and 2019 – World Rapid Champion; in 2014–2015 and 2017–2019 – world champion in blitz. In 2009, Carlsen's trainer was the 13th world chess champion Garry Kasparov.
The Norwegian is considered one of the youngest grandmasters in the world. He earned the title on April 26, 2004, at the age of 13 years 4 months 27 days (at that time he was second on the list of the youngest grandmasters in the world). In 2013, Time magazine included Magnus in the list of 100 most influential people in the world.
In late December, Carlsen visited Moscow, where he took part in the World Rapid and Blitz Championships. At a tournament in Russia, he won in both disciplines. Before the start of the World Cup, the grandmaster answered questions from RBC.
Answering the question which of those with whom I played was the strongest is not so simple. I think in a historical context it is definitely Kasparov. But I played with him after he overcame his peak. I think that I played with Viswanathan Anand when he was at the peak. It was probably the strongest player I have ever played with. I learned a lot from Kasparov, analyzing his games, and realized what a strong player he was, but at that moment he was already not in that strength.
I never discussed politics with him. It was always clear that we met for training. I think he was pleased that he saw in me the one with whom you can talk about chess on equal terms, so we did not waste time talking about politics.
What made Alekhine unique in his time? His ability to use the whole board is amazing. He had a strategy – to load one part of the board, then to switch abruptly to another, as a computer would do today. Alekhine had a special way of thinking! He also combined positional game and tactical. He was a very hardworking player who was far ahead of his time.
I invested a lot of time and money in Play Magnus. In addition, my father is very interested in these things and has been investing my money for me for many years. Whether these investments are smart, I do not know, but he assures us that we are earning. Maybe father just takes the money, who knows. I know that we are focusing on translating the application into Russian.
How was the idea born? About six years ago, she was born out of a desire to make the game of chess on a smartphone more exciting, like on a computer. Many people, it seems to me, like to play with me, with my debuts, my style. Of course, you can’t completely simulate the way I play, because there is no human factor. But they did a great job and continue to improve the game. I can’t say that it was completely my idea, but when it came up, I thought it was very interesting.
I am quite pleased with the work with Dvorkovich, I find him extremely job-oriented, ready for cooperation. Let's see what happens in the future, including with matches for the world crown. Much needs to be changed in FIDE, because the system was not particularly working. They are now trying to fix a lot, something good should start to happen, I look forward to continuing our cooperation.
If we talk about reforms, I would like to better coordinate the schedules of FIDE tournaments. There could have been more financial transparency: where did FIDE get the money, where did it go. But in the past there were more problems, they have already done a lot, so I'm satisfied.
I think about it in between games. Many have hobbies to somehow be distracted, and this is mine. Last year I was pretty lucky and happy about it. My goal is mainly entertainment, having fun. I want to feel joy. The captain on boxing day (the traditional day of Premier League matches after Catholic Christmas) will be Mohammed Salah from Liverpool (points scored by the captain bring the player twice as many points. – RBC)
I hope Norway qualifies. We have the opportunity to defeat Serbia and then play one game with Scotland or Ireland. If not Norway, then I will support France.
I will name their main mistake. Obviously, what you can learn from these guys (Hitler and Napoleon) is not to go to Russia in the winter, and here I am.