Magnus Carlsen, fashion model and celebrity, has officially missed his deadline to participate in the 2011 World Championship Cycle of Candidates Matches. Perhaps he has calculated that his chances of defeating Justin Bieber at guitar playing are better than defeating Anand and just needs time to practice basic chord progressions.
Honestly, I’m a huge fan of Carlsen and I’m endlessly disappointed in his illogical decision to withdraw. At the moment, I’m reading a fantastic biography of Fischer by Dr. Frank Brady, which I will review next week before it is released, and I have to say that, unfortunately, I see parallels between Carlsen’s absurd demands and those of Fischer. I hope that Carlsen doesn’t lose his mind and disappear from the world stage the way Fischer did. There are so many unanswered questions regarding his decision: Was the decision his and his alone? Is it motivated by money? Will Magnus pursue the title in the future if organizers refuse to capitulate to his demands?
It’s bizarre how the journalists who have recently interviewed Magnus haven’t asked a single question about his decision, and the only information coming out of the black box of Camp Carlsen concerns their many corporate endorsements. Perhaps this journalistic endeavor is a job for Mig Greengard and his behind the scenes connections.