Carlsen is a combo of Fischer and Karpov: short
CHENNAI: Grandmaster Nigel Short He is considered one of the best players that have emerged from England. Short, in 1993, had become the first Englishman to qualify for the World Chess Championship crash where he lost Garry Kasparov 7.5-12.5. The 54-year-old man, on a two-day trip here, interacted with students and chess fraternity at Guru Nanak College on Wednesday. The event was organized by chesslang.com. Short spoke with TOI about the advent of chess technology, which makes the current world champion Magnus Carlsen such an indomitable force and more. Excerpts
With so many GMs to come that have not yet reached their teens, is it correct to say that chess is a young men's game?
Yes, it clearly is. Chess is the game of a young man today. However, one must understand that he can become a Grand Master at an early age, but it takes years to mature as a player.
What was more difficult: becoming a GM at age 19 or staying on top of your game for years?
I completed all the formalities en route to become a GM at 19. I think becoming a GM was easier, but staying on top of the game for many years was difficult.
What makes Magnus Carlsen such an unbeatable force in world chess?
I think Carlsen is a combination of Bobby Fischer and Anatoly Karpov . Both Fischer and Karpov were legends in their own right. Carlsen possesses Fischer's determination and never-say-die attitude. Carlsen is calm under tough situations like Karpov. I am a big fan of Carlsen and his style of play.
Do you see weak areas in Carlsen's game?
Carlsen is human too, and there will be times when he will commit mistakes. But, at the moment, Carlsen seems to be on top of his game and can't see anyone challenging him.
Do you see Anand competing for the world title again?
No, I don't think so. Anand is a five-time world champion and has earned his place in the chess pantheon. But you have to admit that you can't beat age, and it will always have ways to catch up with you.
Is it easier to become a GM today with the advent of technology?
The advent of chess engines have definitely been a big help for players. Also, there has been a lot of changes in the rating systems that has only` made it easier for players to become a Grandmaster today. Chess is a very demanding sport and needs a lot of study in order to keep improving and remain on top of your game. If you do not give that then decline inevitably sets in.
Do you think a man or a machine will ever perfect chess?
I feel chess can never be solved as a game. The complexity of this sport is that much greater. Computers and chess engines are strong these days and the knowledge that we have on the sport is quite high. Chess may have only 32 pieces and 64 squares but it's a world on its own.
Do you see yourself running for him FIDE president put back?
No, I don't have any intention of running for the FIDE presidentship. I am quite happy working under the current president Arkady Dvorkovich who is doing a fine job at the moment.
In 2015, you had said that men's brains were wired to be better in chess than women. Are you still holding that claim?
Yes, I do. If you look at the FIDE top-100 ratings, you would at best find a woman or two in the list. It was just a statement of facts and nothing else.