Greetings Chess Players. My name is Chris Torres, and this is my Daily Chess Musing for Wednesday, November 24th, 2021.

It’s common knowledge that childhood memories influence us as grownups and every chess player I know has experienced a loss that haunts them. Put the two together and it’s easy to imagine how these early painful losses can create an emotional Achilles heel that may leave a chess player vulnerable to their childhood nemesis as an adult. This is why the 2021 FIDE World Championship Match between Magnus Carlsen and Ian Nepomniachtchi is such an intriguing matchup.

Early in his career, a young Magnus Carlsen who had grown accustomed to the belief that he was the best player his age in the world was soundly outplayed by Ian Nepomniachtchi. Now 19 years later, the world champion must face his childhood nemesis in on chess’ biggest stage thereby continuing the tradition these two generational phenoms began decades in the past when Ian prevailed.

So, for today’s video, on the eve of the 2021 FIDE World Championship Match, I thought it fitting to show the game that started the remarkable rivalry between Magnus Carlsen and Ian Nepomniachtchi.

And with that, I bid you adieu. My name is Chris Torres, and this has been my Daily Chess Musing. Before you go, please remember to hit the like and subscribe buttons.

Carlsen, Magnus
Nepomniachtchi, Ian

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Chris Torres is a nationally renowned scholastic chess coach working in the San Francisco Bay Area. His classes have attracted players of strengths ranging from rank beginners to world champions. A chess professional since 1998, Chris is widely recognized as one of the main driving forces behind the explosion in popularity and sudden rise in quality of scholastic chess in California. Chris Torres served as the President of the Torres Chess and Music Academy from 2005-2020 and currently is recognized as a correspondence chess master with the United States Chess Federation. Since 1998 Chris Torres has taught 6 individual national champions as well as led multiple school teams to win national championship titles. In addition, Chris Torres has directed and taught at 10 different schools which have been California State Champions at chess. In 2011 and 2012, several former and current students of Chris Torres have been selected to represent the United States at the World Youth Chess Championships. Mr. Torres’ hobbies include playing classical guitar and getting his students to appear on the national top 100 chess rating lists.

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