Carlsen: “Ian’s style is quite aggressive”
The Press Conference of the Match between the reigning World Champion, Magnus Carlsen, and the 2021 Challenger Ian Nepomniachtchi is over and the two GMs seemed quite uninterested, but still firm to their answers.
Only 2 days before their first game, Carlsen stated: “Ian’s style is quite aggressive compared to my previous rivals in the title match. I think this will differ from my previous matches for the crown.”
Nepomniachtchi noted that he doesn’t care what color pieces to start the match with. “If only not all 14 games are played with black,” he said, “the preparations are over.”
Carlsen, in turn, suggested that it is better to start with white pieces. “Perhaps psychologically it’s a little better to start the first game with white,” he said.