Magnus Carlsen to take on Garry Kasparov in present vs past battle | Chess News

Magnus Carlsen to take on Garry Kasparov in present vs past battle | Chess News

 

CHENNAI: It will be a contest that is going to be followed closely on all chess
platforms when legend Garry Kasparov takes on Magnus Carlsen in the Chess9LX
event (also called Fischer Random) to be hosted online by the Saint Louis Chess
Club from September 11 to 13.
The draw is yet to be announced but the Carlsen-Kasparov clash assumes a lot of
significance since they play each other in an official competition after a gap
of 16 years. It was at the Reykjavik rapid event back in 2004 when a young
Carlsen had managed to draw his game against Kasparov. Interestingly, Carlsen
had come close to beating Kasparov in that game before the latter pooled in his
experience to escape with a draw.

Carlsen, this time around, will hold the edge in the clash against Kasparov.
“The participation of Kasparov clearly brings something unique compared to
facing my contemporary elite opponents. In his FR (Fischer Random) match against
(Fabiano) Caruana last year, Kasparov showed that he can still outplay anyone
quite frequently. But he probably lacks the stability to be one of the main
favourites overall,” Carlsen told TOI.
Asked to recall any interesting moment from that 2004 clash, Carlsen said, “At
13, playing Garry was of course something special. More recently we did play
some blitz during our cooperation in 2009. I look forward to playing him again.”

Kasparov may not be the player he was during the peak of his powers, but Carlsen
certainly doesn’t underestimate him. “He has played so many Rapid and Blitz and
also Fischer Random events in recent years, and I think we can say with
certainty that he’ll be more than ready for the Chess9LX (Fischer Random)
tournament organised by the St Louis Chess club this weekend,” Carlsen said.
Others big names in the line-up include world no. 2 Fabiano Caruana, Wesley So
and young gun Alireza Firouzja.
Who will be his pick when the second half Candidates resume from November 1? “As
much as possible, I’ll try to enjoy the Candidates as a chess fan. Of course,
the current leaders Ian Nepomniachtchi and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave are the main
favourites together with Fabiano Caruana. Their individual encounters are likely
to be decisive,” assessed the 29-year-old.

 

Sep 9, 2020, 21:50 IST

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