Following this, a Twitter account managed by YouTubers Abhi and Niyu shared their two bits on cricket and chess by tweeting: “Chess is the new cricket. Prove me wrong!”
The tweet received a response by none other than the world champion himself, Carlsen who stated four good reasons why one cannot compare chess with cricket.
“4 reasons why chess isn’t cricket:
Cricket is played on a field with humans, chess is played on a board with wooden pieces.
Cricket has a bat and a ball, chess usually doesn’t.
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There are 22 players needed for a cricket match, while chess is only two.
I can’t play cricket,” he tweeted.
4 reasons why chess isn’t cricket:Cricket is played on a field with humans, chess is played on a board with woode… https://t.co/eFI8sK9nw9
— Magnus Carlsen (@MagnusCarlsen) 1661178135000
Indian fans of the world chess champion from across the world were thrilled by their favourite idol talking about chess and cricket.
Many also trolled the Twitter account for making the comparison in the first place. Here are some of the best replies. Take a look.
The biggest honour for cricket is Magnus acknowledging its existence.
— Akhil Ivaturi (@IAkhil3) August 22, 2022
this is why some Indians shouldn’t use internet
— Vijay (@Vijay052480) August 22, 2022
Chess really only needs one player. You can play against yourself. Bobby Fischer did it all the time due to lack of stronger training partners 😅
— agadmator (@agadmator) August 22, 2022
As much as I like Anand, Carlsen is probably the Greatest Chess player of all time. He is literally bored of the game because no one is as good as him.
— Adarsh (@adxxxh) August 22, 2022
two different categories of games .. will never understand how they can be compared or place in the same table … it’s like coffee and steak
— Dey (@RdDey) August 22, 2022
Meanwhile, 17-year-old Praggnanandhaa made everyone proud on Monday as he bagged the second place in the final standings of the FTX Crypto Cup. The Norwegian won the top prize on the basis of a higher score. He finished with 16 match points to the Indian prodigy’s tally of 15.
The first two games of the Carlsen-Praggnanandhaa match were drawn before the world No.1 went ahead by clinching the third.
In a surprise turn of events, the Indian Chess prodigy won the fourth game to push the match into the tie-breaks. He shocked the Norwegian by winning both the games in the tie-break.
Praggnanandhaa has been in splendid form this year and had previously beaten the world champion twice in online events. The 31-year-old also congratulated Praggnanandhaa for his performance that showed “great resilience, determination, and quality.”
“Fully deserved, after a performance that showed great resilience, determination, and quality. As for me, I am happy to (barely) be younger than the second and third place finishers combined,” Carlsen tweeted.
Fully deserved, after a performance that showed great resilience, determination, and quality. As for me, I am happy… https://t.co/39ntYorKgU
— Magnus Carlsen (@MagnusCarlsen) 1661178386000