Ilyumzhinov: "The Norwegian Viking lost his nerve"

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov shared his opinion about the confrontation between Magnus Carlsen and Sergey Karjakin in a "Sports interest" show aired on Match TV.

"Of course, it is insulting and regrettable that for the first time in the 92 years history of FIDE the President of the Federation does not open the Match for the World Chess Crown. A year ago, the US Treasury has included me in the list of sanctions ostensibly because of ties with the Syrian authorities. This is pure politics, and now I am suing the US Government and I hope justice will prevail," said Ilyumzhinov.

"Carlsen and Karjakin have already demonstrated all they could in New York. Now everything depends on the mood and psychological state of the players. Magnus will entice Sergei from the defensive. The rivals have equal opening and theoretical training. They didn’t demonstrate anything new in the opening.
Carlsen was coerced. Magnus has a huge experience in playing matches, but he was not a leader in the match for the world title for the first time in his career. Previously, he always ended up matches before last few games were played. It was obvious that the Norwegian Viking lost his temper when he lost. At the time all the experts said that he lost his nerve," stated the head of FIDE.
Recall that the 12th game between Karjakin and Carlsen has ended in a draw. The tie-break will be held on November 30.