It’s value reminding ourselves simply how dominant Magnus Carlsen has been within the final decade. He has spent 11 years above the 2800 mark and gained the World Classical, Fast and Blitz titles a number of occasions and remained No. 1 in all score lists. Regardless of such dominance, he has proven the power to lift his sport even larger. In 2019, outcomes of Magnus within the Shamkir Gashimov memorial, Grenke Traditional and particularly the win within the Zagreb GCT occasion nonetheless depart me awestruck. In Fast and Blitz chess, he can appear much more dominating.
He has labored very arduous on increasing his sport. In 2012 (even whereas breaking all information) you might nonetheless name him a specialist, particularly, in quiet positions and endgames. However since then, he has labored arduous to develop into common, overcoming his dislike for lengthy and sharp opening variations and in addition working with new and thrilling gamers to develop his sport.On high of that, I feel his starvation and love for the sport hasn’t diminished in any respect. He finds the time and vitality to play all comers in all types of on-line codecs like bullet and performs minor occasions there. Throughout the pandemic, he began his personal On-line Tour and performed each single occasion. Whereas he regarded drained at occasions, he nonetheless gained the occasion, carried out constantly at a excessive stage. His default stage could be very excessive (he’s the favorite even when not at his greatest) and has unbelievable resilience, successful tournaments on the final minute after troublesome begins (Bilbao 2011 and 2012, TataSteel 2011, London 2015 and I’m certain I may discover extra examples!)READ: Anand to do commentary throughout world chess championship matchMagnus used nearly the final likelihood in opposition to Karjakin on this planet championship in 2016 to equalise his match and win the tiebreaks. His health allows him to work extraordinarily arduous on the board and play lengthy video games at a really excessive depth.There’s a caveat; I’ve noticed for a very long time that the world championship is the occasion and format he likes least. My studying is that he thinks it’s a format that neutralises his benefits and permits his opponents to combat on even phrases with him. He has alluded to this on a number of events, suggesting that the classical match format might have run its course as a solution to decide the most effective participant. In his World title-matches with Fabiano Caruana and Sergey Karjakin, he appeared to be pleased to begin the tie-breaks.This 12 months, Magnus lowered the time he spent making ready for Dubai and saved a heavy schedule of match appearances. I really feel he sees diminishing returns in coaching and desires to maintain taking part in. In his matches with Karjakin and Caruana, he confirmed a way of frustration throughout powerful levels and although he pulled by on the finish, I really feel he’s at conflict with himself throughout the World Championship. A gentle one maybe, however a conflict nonetheless. There’s a clear distinction between the Magnus we see on the World speedy and blitz for instance and the one on the World championship.
Appropriate opponent: Ian Nepomniachtchi is known for his confidence and his extremely fast play. – The Hindu picture library
Ian Nepomniachtchi is similar age as Magnus. They performed in cadet occasions collectively and have remained shut associates since. Whereas Ian’s potential has been evident for a very long time, he’s a newcomer to the top-10, becoming a member of the record solely in February 2019.It’s typically famous that he has a constructive classical rating in opposition to Magnus, however that is primarily based on outdated outcomes and in latest video games, they’ve been on even phrases with Magnus main in sooner time controls.Ian is known for his confidence and his extremely fast play (I used to be as soon as the identical and I too needed to discover ways to reasonable it to win the very best title). He’s well-known for aggressive play, however his victories in opposition to Wesley So in 2019 and Wang Hao within the Candidates present that he has extra depth than he lets on. His expertise is unquestionable, however typically accompanied by a sure volatility and unpredictability. He can play great chess after which collapse the subsequent day. I keep in mind his play in St. Louis 2019 and Zagreb 2019 the place Ian performed stunning chess and took the lead solely to break down on the finish.RELATED: Anand: I shall be in a World Championship with out stress and pressureHe confirmed throughout the qualification cycle (Moscow GP and particularly the Jerusalem leg) that he may management his demons when wanted.His victory within the Candidates (because of the pandemic, it was two separate occasions in two completely different years!), and the Russian championship final 12 months exhibits that he can management himself when the stakes are excessive. That is, nonetheless, one in every of his weak spots.Can he beat Magnus? On paper, no. I can’t consider an space of the sport the place he leads Magnus and each stat factors in Magnus’s favour.Nevertheless, Ian may have educated effectively (former challengers Peter Leko and Karjakin have each labored with him for the match and Ian confirmed that he misplaced 10 kilos throughout his match preparation).If he can keep calm, his huge expertise, his velocity abilities, which can come in useful ought to they want tie-breaks, and self-confidence give us each proper to hope for an thrilling match.