Originally posted by congruent
I haven't been following things in the world of chess but reports of Carlsen losing/drawing kept showing up in my feeds. Levon Aronian won the tournament. Carlsen is World Champ but finished 9th out of 10th.
Are we about to see a change in the chess rankings/standings?
I think we might very well see someone nip into the no.1 spot for a bit. I think Carlsen has taken a hit to his confidence after his lackluster WC match with Karjakin. He has been out of sorts for at least a year now. I suspect that the extra commitments placed on him as WC is distracting him from putting in the hours he did before gaining the title.
Kramnik said that Carlsen needs to work on his openings, but i suspect that that is an area that he doesn't find particularly interesting. Perhaps he should do what Karpov did and hire a dedicated opening specialist to help him work on that area of his game.
Looking at his losses over the last year or so, he hasn't actually played that badly. A lot of the losses are with black and are generally a result of excellent play by his opponents. I think every chess player has a dip like this, where the luck just doesn't quite fall your way. It is deeply frustrating (as we are ALL aware of i'm sure). Once your confidence dips it is very hard to turn it around. It is pure psychology. I'm sure he will be back.