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Carlsen lacks the motivation not to defend the title at the 2023 World Chess Championship

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Citing a lack of motivation, world chess number one Magnus Carlsen announced on Wednesday that he would not defend his world title in 2023, but emphasized that he would not retire from chess.

“I’m not motivated to play another match…I just feel like I don’t have much to win. I don’t like it much,” Carlsen said on the first episode of his podcast, The Magnus Effect.

Carlsen has repeatedly hinted that, bored with a title he’s held for nearly 10 years, he may give up his throne without a fight.

The 31-year-old defeated Russia’s Ian Nepomniachtchi 7.5-3.5 in his fifth consecutive victorious title match last December.

“While I’m sure a match would be interesting for history and all that, I have no desire to play and I just won’t play the match,” Carlsen told the podcast released Wednesday.

Carlsen said he met with representatives of the International Chess Federation (FIDE) to update them in Madrid on his decision related to the Candidates Tournament – which decides who gets the chance to challenge the world champion.

“We had a little discussion. They had some suggestions, some I liked and some I didn’t, but ultimately the conclusion is there,” he added.

– ‘Empty’ –

Carlsen added that he’s thought about the decision for over a year, “well before the last game.”

“His decision not to defend his title is undoubtedly a disappointment for fans and bad news for the spectacle. She leaves a big gap,” FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich said in a statement on Carlsen’s announcement.

“But chess is now stronger than ever – thanks in part to Magnus – and the World Championship Match, one of the longest and most respected traditions in the world of sport, will continue,” added Dvorkovich.

With five wins and nine draws, Nepomniachtchi won the Candidates Tournament, but after Carlsen’s elimination, “Nepo” meets runner-up Ding Liren of China for the title.

Carlsen first became world chess champion in 2013 when he defeated Indian grandmaster Viswanathan Anand.

A sixth successful title fight would have drawn Carlsen level with German Emanuel Lasker, the 1894-1921 champion, and Soviet Mikhail Botvinnik.

Botvinnik held the title between 1948 and 1963, although he lost and regained the title twice during that period and his two successful defenses ended in draws.

“Overall, I feel like it’s time to leave the World Cup games. I’m not ruling out a return in the future, but I wouldn’t count on it too much,” said Carlsen.

But Carlsen also emphasized that he will not retire from the sport.

“Just so there’s no ambiguity here, I’m not retiring from chess, I’ll still be an active player.”

Next, he would travel to Croatia to compete in the Grand Chess Tour, and then to Chennai, India, to represent Norway at the Chess Olympiad.

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