Den unge norske sjakkstjernen Magnus Carlsen er ikke dum, sier han til Der Spiegel. 15 – 20 trekk framover kan han nok se. Men han er ikke for intelligent heller. Intelligens kan stå i veien.
Jeg er en helt normal fyr. Min far er betydelig mer intelligent enn meg.
Hvordan ble han så god i sjakk?
My success mainly has to do with the fact that I had the opportunity to learn more, more quickly. It has become easier to get hold of information. The players from the Soviet Union used to be at a huge advantage; in Moscow they had access to vast archives, with countless games carefully recorded on index cards. Nowadays anyone can buy this data on DVD for 150 euros; one disk holds 4.5 million games.
Han begynte å bruke data da han var 11 eller 12:
I used the computer to prepare for tournaments, and I played on the Internet. Nowadays, children start using a computer at an even earlier age; they are already learning the rules on screen. In that sense I am already old-fashioned. Technological progress leads to younger and younger top players, everywhere in the world.
Ingen tvil om at verden går mot lysere tider. I alle fall i sjakk.