Magnus Carlsen speaks with the "Deutsche Welle"

4/15/2016 – In three days, on 18th April, the Altibox Norway Chess tournament will begin. With World Champion Magnus Carlsen as favorite. Before the tournament Klaudia Prevezanos interviewed Carlsen for the "Deutsche Welle" and Carlsen talked about computers, his preparation for the Norway Chess tournament, the World Championship, and his relationship to Sergey Karjakin.

World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen: 'The computer never has been an opponent'

The 25-year-old Norwegian Magnus Carlsen will be defending his title this fall against his Russian challenger, Sergey Karjakin. The World Chess Champion tells DW how he wants to make chess more accessible to everyone.

DW: Since the end of March, you've known that you will be competing against the Russian Sergey Karjakin at the World Chess Championship in November. Have you already started preparing?

Magnus Carlsen: I cannot say that I've already started my preparation. I've started thinking about it. But my main focus now is on the next tournaments that I have.

When do you plan to begin?

Probably some concrete preparations will begin in May. A lot of the preparation will be in Norway, maybe some other places as well. But the base will be in Norway.

How important are computer programs for your preparation?...

See the full interview on the website of Deutsche Welle...

Website of the Altibox Norway Chess tournament

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firestorm firestorm 4/15/2016 07:13
Good interview, worth reading, in English. Magnus, as always, is Magnus :)
Aighearach Aighearach 4/15/2016 08:16
He's certainly good at defusing silly questions, and providing a real answer where most people just change the subject and talk about what they want. I always get the feeling they'd get better interviews if they just asked Magnus to write the questions right before the interview! Then the questions would be as good as the answers.
mozartiano123 mozartiano123 4/16/2016 04:15
My opinion about the subject covered in the extract that follows:

I agree that the main organizer may have control over the transmission, but chess is a different game. In chess we do not pay Author's rights on a game by a world champion if we want to see it and learn. It is mor than a game, it is a cience as well.
But money is money and if they put money, it is all right that they want to profit it.
Hence, I think that a good idea would be to have exclusivity over the VIDEO BROADCAST. That would allow ppl that are not interested in the video to follow the games via other sites, but many people would join the site only to see the video broadcast, which is a nice part of the game of chess in the XXIst century. After all, most of the commercials are exhibited in the video, so there is no reason to punish whoever doesn't want to see the videos at all.


"For the Candidates Tournament, the commercial partner of the World Chess Federation (FIDE), Agon, decided for the first time to allow the online live transmission of the games from the Agon platform only. It didn't work well and of course excluded other platforms. Do you think it was the right decision?
I think in principle it's a good idea that the organizers have rights that they can sell. But yes, unfortunately this time it didn't work very well. And then it obviously doesn't look very good.
Do you expect the same exclusive online live transmission for the World Chess Championship in New York City as well?
I don't really know, but I expect them to evaluate what was happening now in Moscow and to do a much better job next time."
Nostalgiac1972 Nostalgiac1972 4/16/2016 10:43
firestorm 4/15/2016 07:13
Good interview, worth reading, in English. Magnus, as always, is Magnus :)

Magnus is going to be tested to the limits this time which he may not bear! So pray for him, firestorm :-))
x_ileon@yahoo.co.uk x_ileon@yahoo.co.uk 4/18/2016 02:19
Good point on broadcasts, Mozartiano! I agree with you. That way you keep both sides happy.
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