It has brought him fame, fortune and international recognition, but at the age of 31 the undisputed king of chess, Magnus Carlsen, retires from the game. And his reason? He’s just not into it.
At the height of International Chess Day, the five-time world champion said his experience had been “an interesting ride” but ultimately left him unmotivated to play another three-week championship match.
“I just feel like I don’t have much to gain,” Carlsen said. “I don’t particularly like it, although I’m sure a match would be interesting for historical reasons. I don’t feel like playing and just won’t play the match.”
Carlsen, who has dominated the game for more than a decade, has had a long love-hate relationship with the World Chess Championship, and yet his decision will rock the chess world.
Since becoming world champion in 2013, Carlsen has been credited with sparking a surge in popularity that has resulted in millions of people worldwide picking up the game.
He has also tried to popularize the game with the introduction of his own simplified cycle of world-class tournaments, the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour.
Outside of chess, Carlsen spent some time modeling for fashion label G-Star Raw and built a business empire by founding Play Magnus Group in 2013, which provides online platforms for teaching chess.
Carlsen is also an avid football fan and made headlines in 2019 when he topped seven million players in the Premier League’s official fantasy football game.
The former prodigy won the chess title for the first time nine years ago, ending the six-year reign of Indian legend Vishy Anand. Carlsen’s victory was heralded by Garry Kasparov and others as the beginning of a new chess era, with the then 22-year-old becoming the first champion to develop his game in the age of chess computers.
Carlsen said he will now focus on new goals, such as being the first player to break the 2900 rating.
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https://www.independent.ie/world-news/i-feel-i-dont-have-a-lot-to-gain-chess-champion-retires-at-age-31-41856436.html “I feel like I don’t have much to gain” – The chess champion retires at 31