Interviews Oct 7, 2013 | 7:00 AMby Colin McGourty

Carlsen on the World Championship match

In a month’s time Magnus Carlsen will take on Viswanathan Anand for the chance to become World Chess Champion at the age of 22, a feat only previously accomplished by Garry Kasparov. The young Norwegian talked about the match in a video interview with Russian internet TV channel ChessTV.

In the interview, conducted in Moscow after the Tal Memorial tournament, the Norwegian superstar responded to Anna Burtasova’s questions with his customary self-confidence.

On what the World Championship means compared to his tournament record:  

I believe that to some extent the achievement of winning more or less every tournament is a greater one than being World Champion.

On avoiding opening battles:

It might not make sense for me with my skill set to try and beat him in the opening. I will certainly prepare some surprises and try to outfox him in a way, but I don't think it’s very realistic that I can try to beat him in the opening. That's not where my strength is.

On his opponent’s recent poor form:

I'll definitely prepare for the Vishy of 2008 when he beat Kramnik convincingly. I don't expect him to be in poor shape, like he was here in Moscow. It just doesn’t make any sense for me to prepare for that, because then I know that I’m probably going to win.

On which animal he’d choose to be:

A crocodile.


It seems to have a good life. A crocodile just lies there and relaxes, and it can more or less kill any other animal.

So it’s also very powerful.

Crocodile without a doubt.

Watch the interview in full below!

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