UPDATED: Even after winning his 16th world championship in chess, Norway’s Magnus Carlsen still doesn’t think he’s the best player in chess history. He thinks one of his former coaches, Garri Kasparov, remains the greatest.
Carlsen, who trained with Kasparov in 2009 and 2010 before Carlsen won his first classic chess championship in 2013, said at a press conference that he thinks it’s difficult to think too much about being the best while still active in the game.
“I’ve always said I think Garri is the greatest player who ever lived,” he said, before asking the public to let him keep playing the game he loves a few more years, “and then we’ll see” who’s best.
Carlsen has been taking part this week in the annual rapid and blitz tournament being held this year in Uzbekistan, where Norwegians were also laughing over how the Norwegian flag was raised high to honour Carlsen, but hung the wrong way.
Carlsen ended up winning both the rapid- and blitz championships, bringing his world championship titles up to 17.