Russian grandmaster Sergey Karjakin has dismissed any geopolitical implication of his match against Magnus Carlsen. In fact, Karjakin considers it a matter of sporting pride.
The 26-year-old, Sergey Karjakin, adds a distinctive element to the chess match from 11-30 November in New York. Karjakin said that Magnus has to prove that he is better than Karjakin. Moreover, if Magnus tries too hard, Karjakin planned to beat him in the counter-attack.
It should be noted that Carlsen will be defending€600,000 and his world title in the match with Karjakin. Some people consider this game as a clash between West and East which echoes the Cold War. Some critics even compare this game with the 1972 world championship match between Soviet grandmaster Boris Spassky and American star Bobby Fischer.
However, Karjakin has dismissed these notations. He said that there is no presence of such kind of rivalry. Both the players just want to prove that their chess school is stronger.
Karjakin was on Crimea’s Black Sea peninsula. He grew up playing chess in Ukraine and moved to Moscow seven years ago to obtain Russian Citizenship. He became the youngest grandmaster in history at the age of 12 age and seven months.
However, Karjakin admitted that he clearly poses a threat to Magnus Carlsen who has no possible weakness.
On the other hand, Carlsen’s father introduced him to chess. He played his first chess tournament at the age of 8 and was termed as Mozart of Chess when he became chess grandmaster at the age of 13.
At the age of 13, Carlsen defeated former world champion Anatoly Karpov. He also forced excellent chess player Garry Kasparov to a draw in the month of March. After these events, he became a grandmaster in the following month. Then, Carlsen went ahead and dethroned Indian chess player Vishwanathan Anand as world champion.