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Andrey Esipenko: Karslen is by far the best chess player on the planet

Date: June 5, 2023 Time: 02:36:06

– Who are your coaches and seconds?

– I prefer not to divulge information about those people with whom I train, because in our sport it matters. I can say that now I am working with my chess friends. We help each other.

– Do you want to be in the place of Jan Nepomniachtchi?

– I think that every chess player has the desire to play in a world championship one day, so it would be strange if he didn’t want to.

– What does not suit you in the professional environment of Russian chess players?

– It is always easier to criticize than to do something. For the most part, everything suits me, especially since we still have a rather individual sport. Despite this, I have normal relations with most chess players, and with many I am friendly. Professionally, I have been receiving support from the Russian Chess Federation for many years, for which I am very grateful.

– How do you assess the future of Magnus Carlsen? Previously, you defeated him. Maybe it was just a mistake by the Norwegian chess player. Is it true that it is almost impossible to beat him?

– Now and for many years, Magnus is by far the best chess player on the planet. The recent World Rapid and Blitz Championship confirmed it. I think Carlsen is like Messi, only in chess there is no Ronaldo who can compete with him for many years. Someone is in good shape for a year or two, but Magnus has been at this level for many years. As for me, I don’t want to sound impudent, but in official tournaments I beat him three times, and playing with him was always a huge challenge.

– What is missing to popularize chess at this time?

– I really do not agree with this way of posing the question. On the contrary, it seems to me that chess is quite popular now. The media write about them much more than a few years ago. Yes, and in popular culture you can observe interest in them. Of course, due to the specifics of sports in terms of entertainment, it is difficult for us to compete with football, hockey and figure skating, but I still see progress in this matter.

– Alexey Dreev said that chess affects the psyche. What do you think about this?

– I would not say that chess has a negative effect on the psyche. Rather, defeats have a negative effect – many people get very upset after unsuccessful games. This I can say about myself. However, I don’t think that this is precisely the specificity of chess; This can be said of any sport.

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