Magnus is withdrawing from Norges Sjakkforbund, gladly as soon as possible!

“They weren’t geared towards young players with ambition at all,” Carlsen said.

Norway’s reigning world champion in chess, Magnus Carlsen, has cancelled his membership in the Norwegian chess federation (Norges Sjakkforbund). His withdrawal follows a lengthy conflict over strategy and sponsorships.

“As indicated already last summer, Magnus is withdrawing from Norges Sjakkforbund, gladly as soon as possible,” his father, Henrik Carlsen, wrote in a letter to the federation. “He will still take advantage of the opportunity to represent Norway, as clarified with FIDE (the international chess federation).”

The federation voted down a proposed agreement with the gaming group Kindred earlier this year, against Carlsen’s wishes. He then faced criticism himself and later told state broadcaster NRK that he had been critical of the federation since he was young and felt it has not done enough to recognize and develop young talent. “They weren’t geared towards young players with ambition at all,” Carlsen said.

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«Som indikert allerede i sommer ønsker Magnus med dette å melde seg ut av Norges Sjakkforbund, og gjerne så raskt som det er mulig. Han vil benytte anledningen til fortsatt å representere Norge som avklart med Fide (det internasjonale sjakkforbundet) og NSF på ettersommeren», skrev far og manager Henrik Carlsen i et skriv til Norges sjakkforbund.

Det siste året har vært et turbulent år for Norges sjakkforbund og Magnus Carlsens forhold. Selv om det sportslige for Carlsen har vært på det beste, så har mye av oppmerksomheten blitt rettet rundt den omdiskuterte sjakk-kongressen i sommer.

Her ble en mulig samarbeidsavtale med spillgruppen Kindred nedstemt.

– Det er et ønske han har hatt fordi han følte at forbundet med sine medlemmer foretok et strategivalg i en retning han ikke ønsket, sier Madsen til NRK.

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