Magnus Carlsen: ‘I just want to win one more tournament!’
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Magnus Carlsen: ‘I just want to win one more tournament!’

World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen hasn’t won a tournament since Altibox Norway Chess in mid-October, and even then a last-round loss to Levon Aronian took some of the gloss off the win. In the aftermath of losing the final of the Opera Euro Rapid to Wesley So, Magnus talked to Ilya Levitov about his motivation, how he feels the World Championship should be decided and much more. Magnus explained that when he was young he was “spooked” when he played Russians, since he thought they knew everything!




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  • Reports Feb 13, 2021 | 12:26 AM 15

    Opera Euro Rapid SF 2: Carlsen-So final as Magnus wins thriller

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  • Reports Feb 12, 2021 | 12:28 AM 11

    Opera Euro Rapid SF 1: Carlsen & So take the lead

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  • General Feb 11, 2021 | 4:00 PM 1

    The Last of the Old Romantics

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  • Reports Feb 10, 2021 | 10:20 PM 14

    Opera Euro Rapid QF2: Carlsen survives Dubov ordeal

    Magnus Carlsen is through to the Opera Euro Rapid semi-finals despite losing twice in a row in 25 moves to his nemesis Daniil Dubov. The World Champion called it “a thoroughly disgusting performance” but it was thrilling to watch...

  • Reports Feb 10, 2021 | 9:56 AM 4

    Opera Euro Rapid QF 1: Carlsen, MVL & So lead

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  • General Feb 9, 2021 | 6:16 PM 1

    Loving the Alien

    Two days ago we looked at the Sicilian Defense, which is one of the most popular openings at all levels of play. Today it is time to start loving the alien. We are moving away from the mainstream and we must prepare to turn t...

  • Reports Feb 9, 2021 | 9:21 AM 8

    Opera Euro Rapid 3: Carlsen top as Nakamura crashes out

    Hikaru Nakamura has failed to qualify for the knockout stages of the Opera Euro Rapid after losing a totally winning position against Sam Shankland in the final round. That allowed Daniil Dubov to sneak through in 8th place and s...

  • General Feb 8, 2021 | 5:05 PM 0

    Knights at the Opera

    Mention ‘opera’ to chess players and the majority will become misty-eyed with thoughts of Paul Morphy beating the Duke and Count. Some will even be able to quote all of the moves to the famous game; others will suddenly remember how...

  • Reports Feb 8, 2021 | 1:18 AM 3

    Opera Euro Rapid Day 2: Carlsen shocks Nakamura

    Magnus Carlsen called Hikaru Nakamura “a bit naïve” to fall for a knockout blow that left the World Chess Champion as the sole leader going into the final day of the Opera Euro Rapid preliminary stage. Hikaru is on 50% and in a f...

  • Reports Feb 7, 2021 | 10:30 AM 4

    Opera Euro Rapid 1: Magnus Carlsen leads after “awesome day of chess”

    World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen began the Opera Euro Rapid with a loss to US Champion Wesley So, but he stormed back to win the next four games in a row and end the first day as the sole leader. Wesley and Ian Nepomniachtchi ...

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