Some people think that if their opponent plays a beautiful game, it's OK to lose. I don't. You have to be merciless.— Magnus Carlsen
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You need to have that edge, you need to have that confidence, you need to have that absolute belief that you're - you're the best and you'll win every time.
What I admired most about him [Bobby Fischer] was his ability to make what was in fact so difficult look easy to us. I try to emulate him.
I started by just sitting by the chessboard exploring things.
I didn't even have books at first, and I just played by myself. I learnt a lot from that, and I feel that it is a big reason why I now have a good intuitive understanding of chess.
One of the things that first attracted me to chess is that it brings you into contact with intelligent, civilized people - men of the stature of Garry Kasparov, the former world champion, who was my part-time coach.
I don't think there is a thing like overconfidence in chess.
It's always better to be too confident than too reluctant.
Kids love games and chess is a game where you have to sit down and concentrate and it just helps in every way.
I spend hours playing chess because I find it so much fun.
The day it stops being fun is the day I give up.
Once you're a chess player, you spend a lot of time thinking about the game and you can't get it completely out of your head.
I'm definitely the first no.1 in the world since Fischer, and probably at least since Kasparov, who probably has the most potential to dominate for the foreseeable future.
I get more upset at losing at other things than chess. I always get upset when I lose at Monopoly.
There wasn't any particular player I modeled my game after.
I tried to learn from everyone and create my own style. I studied past players... Truth be told I never had a favorite player. It's just not my nature to go around idolizing people. I just go try to learn.
It's easy for me to get along with chess players.
Even though we are all very different, we have chess in common.
My father, a fine chess player himself, has been a massive influence throughout my life.
Chess only appeals to quite a small minority.
It does not have the cachet of a mainstream popular sport.
It's nice to be financially secure. Apart from that, I really don't care too much about money.
For me, the most important thing is to continue to play well and to be a positive figure and hopefully a role model for kids as well.
I got the travel bug when I was quite young.
My parents took me and my sisters out of school and we travelled all over Europe. It was an eye-opening experience and, although I love Norway, I also enjoy visiting new countries. I don't get homesick.
I feel sorry for players who are always lying awake at night, brooding over their games.
I don't consider myself a particularly young chess player.
I have been playing in the best tournaments in the world since I was 16 years old. In other sports, if you have been playing for seven years, you are not a young prodigy any more. You're one of the pros.
My former coach, Simen Agdestein, used to be the best player in Norway.
In my experience, when I went to school, and especially in after-school, and during breaks, a lot of people wanted to sit down and play chess up till a certain age when it was not supposed to be cool anymore and people wanted to do other things.
I can’t count the times I have lagged seemingly hopelessly far behind, and nobody except myself thinks I can win. But I have pulled myself in from desperate [situations]. When you are behind there are two strategies - counter-attack or all men to the defences. I’m good at finding the right balance between those.
Self-confidence is very important. If you don't think you can win, you will take cowardly decisions in the crucial moments, out of sheer respect for your opponent. You see the opportunity but also greater limitations than you should. I have always believed in what I do on the chessboard, even when I had no objective reason to. It is better to overestimate your prospects than underestimate them.
I'm not really into rap.
I don't look at computers as opponents. For me it is much more interesting to beat humans.
There are certainly loads of players that I admire;
I try to learn from all of the great masters both of the past and contemporary as well.
The Nanjing games are homework by Garry Kasparov and me, [...] Today's game was provided by Garry.
Contrary to many young Colleagues, I do believe that it makes sense to study the Classics.
Without the element of enjoyment, it is not worth trying to excel at anything.
I enjoy hiking and skiing, like most Norwegians.
In winter, there will be snow for months on end. In the summer, there are the long evenings to enjoy.
I'm more interested in the games than the people.
You have to choose the move that feels right sometimes; that's what intuition is.
People ask what my goal is. I don't have a goal.
Maybe if I didn't have the talent in chess I'd find the talent in something else. The only thing I know is that I have talent in chess, and I'm satisfied with that.
When you have fun then you're more interested in learning.
I learnt an enormous amount, but there came a point where I found there was too much stress. It was no fun any more. Outside of the chessboard I avoid conflict, so I thought this wasn't worth it.
I think with chess as with everything, marketing is the main issue.
It's just not my nature to go around idolizing people.
Unfortunately I'm still not a fashion expert.
I was lucky enough to attend schools where they were understanding about when I needed to go abroad to play chess. Of course, socially it is important to go to school and interact with people your own age.
Not winning a tournament is not an option for me, unless it's no longer theoretically possible - then of course winning becomes impossible. But up to that point, not winning is just not an option.
I really enjoy the experience of playing humans. The psychological game is so much more important.
I played like a child!
I don't really watch too many movies.
I don't have the patience usually to watch one, one and a half or two hours in a row.
I honestly don't read that much. Obviously I read chess books - in terms of favorites, Kasparov's 'My Great Predecessors' is pretty good.
If you want to get to the top, there's always the risk that it will isolate you from other people.
I am trying to beat the guy sitting across from me and trying to choose the moves that are most unpleasant for him and his style.
I am not some sort of freak. I might be very good at chess but I'm just a normal person.