Magnus Carlsen World Chess Championship

Magnus Carlsen has said that he would not defend his World Chess Championship title 

against Ian Nepomniachtchi of Russia in 2023. The five-time champion has 

stated that he will continue to strive to "be the best in the world," even if that means not 

competing in chess's grand championship. Ding Liren, the second-ranked player in the 

world, will now take the stage to take on Nepomniachtchi, whom Carlsen defeated in 

Dubai last year. The 31-year-old Norwegian grandmaster said, "I don't have any desire to 

play, and I just won't play the match." The last grandmaster to forfeit the championship 

rather than defend it in a match was Bobby Fischer in 1975.

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