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“13-year old Magnus bought every word Kramnik said”

Magnus CarlsenAn interesting interview with World Champion Magnus Carlsen was posted today on NRK website.

The interview was performed at the launch of the Play Carlsen app in Oslo a couple of weeks ago. Author Mads Nyborg Støstad kindly translated the quotes to English for Chessdom.

– Kramnik tror at han vet alt, sier Magnus Carlsen.
– Kramnik thinks he knows everything.

– Det er veldig imponerende hvordan Kramnik lirer av seg forskjellige varianter og så videre, og det er ikke så lett å gjennomskue hvis man ikke kan gamet ordentlig selv. Men hvis man ser litt dypere, er det ofte bare tull, sier Carlsen.
– It’s very impressive how he throws around different variations, and it’s not easy to see through it if you don’t know the game well enough yourself. But if you look a bit deeper, it’s often just nonsense.

– Han spiller alltid veldig prinsipielt. Den kanskje største forskjellen mellom meg og ham, er at han gjør veldig mye mer feil. Ofte er det sånn at han tror han har rett, mens jeg har rett, fortsetter bæringen.
– He plays with great principle. Probably the biggest difference between me and him is that he makes a lot of mistakes. He often thinks that he is right, while I am the one who is right.

– 13 år gamle Magnus Carlsen kjøpte alt han sa. Ikke jeg, sier den 23 år gamle sjakkongen med et djevelsk smil.
– 13 year old Magnus Carlsen bought every word he said. Not me.

– Han er veldig selvsikker. Han er ikke redd for noen. Han tror ikke jeg er bedre enn ham, han tror ikke Aronian er bedre enn ham og han tror ikke Anand er bedre enn ham. Han taper faktisk en del mot Nakamura, men han tror i hvert fall ikke Nakamura er bedre enn ham, sier nordmannen.
– He’s very confident. He’s not afraid of anyone. He doesn’t think I’m better than him, he doesn’t think Aronian is better than him. He actually loses a bit against Nakamura, but he certainly doesn’t think Nakamura is better than him.

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