Magnus Carlsen is probably just speaking his mind and as any person, let alone a world champion, he is completely entitled to do that and for most part Viswanathan Anand has been pretty classy and let the comments slide by.
But can it not be possible that Carlsen is perhaps being a little too arrogant here? He seems to be leaving no stone unturned to gloat about his victory.
After his historic win, the 22-year-old sat down with the Norwegian press members for a group interview and he was asked about how he will be different type of world champion from Anand?
Here is his answer (translated and put up on chessbase.com):
"Yes, in terms of chess, I will probably be [different]. Because he was very impressive in his period as world champion in the championship matches, but not in tournaments. You will probably never hear me use the excuse that I was saving preparations for the championship matches and that type of things."
Anand making excuses? Ahem. And that wasn't the end of it either. There was another mention in response to a question about his motivations.
"I would like to keep on winning. Both the world championship and other things. I will be an active world champion, maybe get some rest now just after the tournament, but from then on playing tournaments, be active and to continue winning, and not be the kind who plays poorly and excuse myself by saying that the world championship is the most important thing."
Anand has never been one to diss the opponent in public but Magnus coming out and saying these things only shows us that he didn't have too much respect for the Indian GM to begin with.
Earlier in interview to the Indian press, Magnus had said: “I’ve learnt from Anand but I think I showed him in a way that although he has taught me many things in the past, now it’s probably my turn to teach him.”
Well, chess players never stop learning. There are always new strategies and theories to develop, new opening combinations to work on and perhaps that's something that Carlsen should remember.
Anand's still around, he hasn't thrown in the towel and most Indian fans will hope that Carlsen's comments only inspire the Indian GM to come roaring back into form.
Perhaps then, it will be time to set the record straight.
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Updated Date: Nov 27, 2013 14:16:17 IST