© official FIDE websiteMagnus Carlsen

Magnus Carlsen

MOSCOW, 20 Jul – World chess champion Magnus Carlsen, who refused to play with Russian grandmaster Ian Nepomniachtchi, should be deprived of the chess crown, and the title of world champion should go to Nepomniachtchi, Vladimir Dzhabarov, First Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on International Affairs, believes.
“At one time, when Robert Fischer, in the rank of world chess champion, refused to play a match with the winner of the Candidates Tournament Anatoly Karpov, FIDE stripped him of his world champion title and declared our grandmaster the new chess king. According to this logic, Magnus Carlsen should be deprived of the chess crown and a new Russian grandmaster Ian Nepomniachtchi should be declared world champion. Isn’t that fair?” – the senator wrote in his Telegram channel.
World chess champion Magnus Carlsen said earlier on Wednesday that he would not play in the match for the world chess crown with Ian Nepomniachtchi. Carlsen, who won the title back in 2013, said he had no motivation to play another match for the world title.

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