Reports | November 26, 2013 17:23

Chess TV's interview with Carlsen

Chess TV's interview with Carlsen

Unfortunately the interview with Magnus Carlsen we were hoping to do today couldn't go through. Because he will be leaving shortly for Norway, we instead sent our selection of questions (asked by you!) via email to his manager, and we hope to receive Magnus' answers soon. Meanwhile, another interview was published online: the one produced by the Chess TV team, who were also responsible for the live broadcast of the Anand-Carlsen match. They agreed that the interview could be embedded here on ChessVibes.

Anastasiya Karlovich spoke to Carlsen on Monday shortly after the closing ceremony about his ambition to go for this title, about the most interesting games, about the meaning of the title compared to the number one spot in the rankings, about not naming the seconds, whether he feels tired, whether it will change his life, about chess in Norway, about his preparation, about comparing with Bobby Fischer, about his plans in the near future, and about how long Magnus can live without chess & internet, about motivation and about his father Henrik.

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Author: Peter Doggers

Founder and editor-in-chief of ChessVibes.com, Peter is responsible for most of the chess news and tournament reports. Often visiting top events, he also provides photos and videos for the site. He's a 1.e4 player himself, likes Thai food and the Stones.

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Claude's picture

Poor journalist, poor questions.

Waiting for DJTG interview in New in Chess magazine to have a serious interview with some sensible and intelligent questions.

Anonymous's picture

the problem is that she doesn't know how to express herself in English. It's painful to listen !

Anonymous's picture

Anastasia Karlovich is a hottie

Anonymous's picture

Nastia Karlovich is much better (and easier on the eyes and ears) than P. Dogg !!

Anonymous's picture

Everybody says so. I may be all alone here, but I'm just not seeing it. IMO, she looks rather ordinary, and lacks charisma. She's also mediocre at her job, in part because of the latter.

Anonymous's picture

But she has a KGB accent and KGB connections! That's all that matters.

Remco G's picture

Am I the only one who thinks constant irrelevant sexist comments like this one should be removed?

At _every_ mention of a woman on any chess website, be it Karlovich, one of the Polgars, Sachdev, etc etc -- every time people have to discuss how "hot" she is in detail.

Yes, she's female. Like half the people on the planet. Let's go back to discussing chess.

Anonymous's picture

Remco is clearly a homosexual who'd rather talk about men.

Anonymous's picture

hottie or not she needs to improve her English. At this level, it is unfortunate to have such interviewers

Anonymous's picture

I think her English is fine and in fact she has a cute accent!
Have you heard Peter Doggers English accent!? Now that's hairy!! LOL

the real s3's picture

Hehe. No big surprise. I've read before about a reporter who was granted an interview by a grumpy Carlsen after like 5 earlier appointments were cancelled.

They realy should ask him whether he prefers his m&m's strictly brown, red or yellow.

the fake s3's picture

Your comment is no surprise either.

Septimus's picture

S3, time to take your medicine.

Anonymous's picture

lol, ahahahaha , S3 has hypentension :)

Anonymous's picture

Has someone ever wanted to interview "the real S3"? No?

No big surprise.

Eadon & S3's picture

hahaha very funny..

ron's picture

Carlsen n his management create a little bit a legend here: The young cowboy guy alone on his own, not really wanting to becomwe WC, only one second. According to Anand camp Carlsens seconds were (the ones they know): Fressinet + Nepo + Hammer. Computer analyzing was from experts of high tech firm "Basefarm" in Oslo with special computers and special software. Magnus stated in his early teens often that it is his main goal to become WC and that he will do everything to become WC. Perhaps the management wants to separate him a little bit from the chess scene, so that he can become a global star. Even the famous Leontxo García has to wait 2 days to get a 15 min interview.

Anonymous's picture

He had no seconds in Chennai, and no one said as you claim that Hammer was his only second, just the only of the seconds he communicated with. So what if Carlsen said 7-8 years ago that he wanted to become World Champion, nothing wrong with that. It is certainly a more impressive achievement to stay 70 points ahead of #2 on the rating list though.

Thomas Richter's picture

A certain Sreenivas Lakkineni (no idea who he is) wrote on Dennis Monokroussos' blog that he stayed in the Hyatt hotel during the match and "A person who could fit the description of Laurent Fressinet just passed me in the corridor in front of my room. The guy sitting with Carlsen at dinner last night could be Ian Nepomniachtchi, but I can't be sure." Could any of the known members of onsite team Carlsen be confused with Fressinet or Nepomniachtchi?

http://www.thechessmind.net/blog/2013/11/9/world-championship-game-1-an-...

That's rather vague, so is ron's "According to Anand camp ..." (source?), but Carlsen's own description also isn't necessarily true just because he says so. It's also unclear if and to what extent Kasparov was helping Carlsen - mixed statements on it from the Carlsen camp and Kasparov himself.

Anonymous's picture

Indeed, the guy posted by game 1 that it was a joke (used that word several times) if Carlsen would try to hide his seconds since they were impossible to hide at the hotel. So the question would then by why no one saw any of these seconds, the poster in question or anyone else sure didn't post anything the following weeks about seeing any seconds.

Thomas Richter's picture

It isn't that simple or black and white. For one thing, I remember reading 'somewhere' (please don't ask me to find back the exact source, so much appeared on the Internet about the match ...) that a member of team Carlsen said something along the lines of "Chennai has other acceptable hotels but the Hyatt where Carlsen's seconds might stay" - could be a reaction once they realized that it's impossible to hide at the Hyatt. Then, a semi-anonymous person (Lakkineni may or may not be his real name - in any case he is rather unknown) can speculate, while a journalist would have to know for sure. How many journalists at the venue could recognize Fressinet or Nepomniachtchi or any other GM for sure? Probably not the general journalists writing for mainstream media, which would probably leave just a few people (I am aware of Peter Doggers and Stefan Löffler) who either never caught a glimpse, or prefer to remain silent which is a legitimate choice.

How did team Anand spot Fressinet and Nepomniachtchi? If ron can come up with a primary source (please do so!) it might well be that one of them (Hans-Walter Schmitt or Eric van Reem or ...) spotted them in Chennai. If ron's information is accurate (that's an if), one of the teams - either Anand's or Carlsen's - spreads wrong info. It could be either team, simple as that.

Anonymous's picture

To some it seems so hard to accept that Carlsen won that they need to try to convince themselves that Carlsen's win was due to an army of seconds with Kasparov in the lead, his not being better than Anand but winning only because of physical strength, that his chess understanding is inferior but he just gets lucky, that his mysterious computer does the analysis for him, and so on.

Septimus's picture

Not some, but one guy in particular. Thomas Oliver, the legendary Carlsen hater.

Chris's picture

all world was MC seconds. :)

Tarjei's picture

All of this is of course nonsense. Neither of them were present in Chennai.

Thomas Richter's picture

Some insiders (a few people beyond Carlsen, Espen Agdestein and Jon Ludvig Hammer) most probably know the names of Carlsen's other seconds but agreed that these names won't be revealed to the public - if you are "inner circle" enough, you won't disclose secrets, if only to keep such a status.

The main question for me still is: How 'revolutionary' was Carlsen's approach to the WCh match? If a player has several seconds, one of them probably plays a leading/coordinating role: also for Anand it won't make sense to get one file from Leko, another independent one from Wojtaszek, yet another one from Sasikiran: "sort it out yourself, good luck!". So the unique thing was merely that the leading second was working from home in Norway and communicating via Skype (with Carlsen in Chennai, with other seconds also working from their homes?). And that the leading second is relatively young and inexperienced, but a personal friend of the boss.

Likewise, just how 'revolutionary' is Carlsen's approach to opening preparation? Other players will also rarely if ever find a killing novelty leading to a forced win but merely search for playable positions. The difference would just be what exactly is considered a playable position. For other players it could mean: a slight advantage, more important is being familiar with the position and some subjective advantage because it favors your style. Idea is trying to outplay the opponent over the next 10-20 moves. For Carlsen it might mean: equal but not too simplified, no forced draw available. Idea is to play on for as long as needed - could be 30, 40 or 50 moves - until the opponent makes a mistake. And 'blame' for this changing approach to opening preparation shouldn't go to Carlsen, but to Houdini and others available to all players. It would have happened even if Carlsen didn't exist at all.

Anonymous's picture

Tarjei is right, of course. I happen to know who a couple of the strong seconds are, but sorry TO, you won't be told. Ever.

Thomas Richter's picture

Any 'Anonymous' can make such claims - as far as I am concerned, it's enough that the myth about Carlsen not having or not needing seconds seems refuted. Believe it or not, I also happen to know a few things about the chess scene (not on the WCh match, but on some other topics) that I won't ever reveal in public; nor will I send a private email to anonymous@hotmail.com .

Anonymous's picture

What myth, Carlsen's never denied having seconds, are you stupid?

"I won't ever reveal in public" please don't.

WCC2013's picture

I'll tell you one thing -- having seconds with you on site and having absolutely zero seconds with you are two very very different things. must be the first time this has happened in this century. sure there's skype, but cmon, there's a difference between communicating with someone on skype and being able to turn around and speak to that person face-to-face. To me, this reveals a lot about carlsen's attitude towards preparation, that yes he places importance on it, but far less than anand and his other predecessors. Instead of sitting around worrying about this line or that variation, he prefers to play basketball and soccer or whatever. that speaks volumes.

WCC2013's picture

and for the record, Peter Leko himself said that it is highly unusual for someone who is willing to go for slightly inferior positions as long as he can play on. and this coming from one of Anand's seconds. A revolutionary approach, given the fanatic attention on openings that Anand and past world champions had.

kailas's picture

After the first sign of slightly inferior positions in the opening carlsen went for the draw. Leko wasnt referring to opening prep/phase. And Fressinet was in India during the match. That's a fact. How can Tarjey and other Carlsen spokesmen pretend to be so sure about his whereabouts when they claim they didnt work together ?
Taryey is lying. And Carlsen keeps quiet because he has secrets to hide. Where was P.H.Nielsen during this match ??

Tarjei's picture

"And Fressinet was in India during the match. That's a fact. "

Okay, if you say it is a fact, then surely it must be so!

KjS's picture

How interesting.

ron's picture

It´s a cool strategy of Carlsens management in the mainstream media: A normal guy, intuitive like Mozart, not so much training, loving more sports than discussing chess, playing cool endgames to avoid the computers of the opponent, a little bit a rebell at the board. Only a school friend helping him sometimes to win the title. Cooler like Fischer. Adgestein: "James Dean of chess" mysterious n sometimes hiding from the media.

Anonymous's picture

So now even Carlsen's endgame skill is considered a "cool strategy of Carlsen's management". Is it so difficult to grasp the concept that some things just happen to be true without having anything to do with the PR dream team media hype legend building etc etc etc

RG13's picture

It is the duty of his management team (including publicist) to shape the narrative in a way that is most attractive to sponsors - that doesn't diminish his greatness as a chess player.

Anonymous's picture

So did Carlsen cheat in his games with all those takebacks as you predicted in the title match? I recall you wrote quite a bit about how Carlsen would retract moves at will in the match and that no one would protest against it. I must have missed all those takebacks, I can't imagine that such an enlightened prediction can possibly have been wrong.

Anonymous's picture

"So did Carlsen cheat in his games with all those takebacks as you predicted in the title match?"

He meant this at the quantum level. I've been told by a guy who claims to be working at CERN that Carlsen may have acquired a secret Everett Takeback device that allows Jon Ludvig Hammer to peak into the superposition of all possible quantum measurements at crucial time, to simultaneously know the outcome of various moves and chose after-the-fact in which universe it is better to collapse Carlsen's own wavefunction. To everyone else not equipped with the device, it looks like Carlsen is playing only one move, when he is in fact is exploring many universes at once. It's just a rumor though, that Thomas might want to confirm, but the quantum part is a fact.

Anonymous's picture

Thomas, the difficult part is to collapse the wave-function long after exploring the various possibilities. That said, it can be done in principle with a Wheeler's delayed choice interferometer, so that the whole thing might not be a rumor after all, provided that decoherence does not come into play. In all likeliness, the candidate manufacturer for this job would be D-Wave. You might want to consider this possibility seriously.

RG13's picture

Exactly!

Anonymous's picture

Thomas, are you spreading rumors again? Even if you could assume that the testimony is genuine (hello internet), it brings strictly no information whatsoever. Can't you see that? The guy even admits that he is "not familiar with chess players".

Anonymous's picture

Kasparov himself said he wasn't helping Carlsen.

Anonymous's picture

But the weird thing was: Kasparov entered the scene and suddenly Anand got nervous and lost 2 games in a row! :D

Seeking Thomas Oliver's picture

are you Thomas Oliver? he we miss HIM , lol :)

Anonymous's picture

Who cares? ... oh Thomas the nobody does.

Anonymous's picture
Anonymous's picture

The usual lies from the Norwegian legend building hyping PR dream team, naturally :)

Anonymous's picture

Of course :-)

Thomas Richter's picture

Leaving aside that I do not believe everything that's written in a/any newspaper, this article doesn't say that such speculations are wrong - it merely doesn't say they are right. It does, however, confirm that Carlsen had other seconds but Hammer during the match.

Google-translated quotes:

"Magnus has given me clear instructions not to say anything as he may consider working with them again.  It can be difficult to keep secret over time, but for now it is so, says [Carlsen manager Espen] Agdestein."

And "NRK chess expert Torstein Bae claimed directly on NRK broadcasts that he observed Fressinet in India." This "claim", probably presented as a fact by Bae, cannot be independently verified - but Bae is an IM with Elo 2447, the type of person that could recognize Fressinet for sure?

So if the idea of mentioning the link was to prove me wrong, it was a brilliant own goal! :)

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