Anish Giri: 'People are taking the World Champion title too seriously'
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Anish Giri: 'People are taking the World Champion title too seriously'

Dutch no. 1 Anish Giri was in fine form when he played Banter Blitz yesterday, both with his blitz chess – he won all 16 games against chess24 users – and with his banter, where topics ranged from humour in chess to the likely future World Chess Champion and whether the title still matters. It’s “a golden era of Banter Blitz”, as Anish said, and today, to mark chess24’s 7th Birthday, we’ve got Hand and Brain shows with Radjabov & Giri and Nepomniachtchi & Dubov, as well as a special show with chess24’s own Jan Gustafsson and Laurent Fressinet.

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  • Interviews Feb 5, 2020 | 7:59 PM 24

    Aronian: "I’m more talented, but some people push harder"

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  • Interviews Nov 12, 2019 | 5:01 PM 9

    Nakamura on a tough year, Fortnite, Choker & more

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  • Interviews Oct 7, 2019 | 10:56 AM 20

    Kramnik: “I never considered myself a genius”

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  • Interviews Oct 1, 2019 | 8:23 AM 8

    Vitiugov: “The knockout system is treacherous”

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  • Interviews Jun 25, 2019 | 11:14 AM 7

    Dorfman: The real talent is the ability to work hard

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  • Interviews May 30, 2019 | 10:04 PM 8

    MVL on being Carlsen's no. 1 rival in blitz

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  • Interviews May 8, 2019 | 7:16 AM 16

    Giri: I treat myself as an idiot till proven otherwise

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  • Interviews May 4, 2019 | 10:44 AM 14

    Carlsen: “My opponent is an idiot till proven otherwise!”

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