Originally posted by @pjmasks
Magnus lost his game vs Mamedyarov who went on to WIN the 51st Biel tournament. Magnus took second place..is this the beginning of the end for Magnus?
I get the impression that Mamedyarov has been working seriously hard on his game recently. I know he has a new trainer who was working with Wesley So when he had his incredible unbeaten run a couple of years ago.
I feel Magnus is suffering from the same kind of lull that over comes most sportsman who achieve everything there is to achieve in their sport. He needs to set hmself new goals. If i was his coach, i would encourage him to set himself the goal of being the first player over 2900 in classical chess. He is the only player who could realistically do this. When he reached 2880+ back in 2013, i honestly thought he'd do it.
The fact of the matter is that the rest of the top 20 have adapted to his style over the last 5 years. He has definitely been experimenting with a sharper style in recent years. I never thougt i'd see him play the Kings Indian defense (for example) but I've seen him experiment with this lately. I feel that, should he find the right way to motivate himself, he could leave the competition for dust, and really should be making a point of doing that.