Magnus Carlsen says that studying a mix of data and tracking his ‘belly’ has helped him outperform Fantasy Football
“Even if you’re good, you also have to be extraordinarily happy”: world chess champion Magnus Carlsen says the combination of studying data and following his “underbelly” helped him outperform the Premier League Fantasy Football – for SEVEN MILLION others
- World champion chess Magnus Carlsen tops Premier League Fantasy Football
- The 29-year-old has improved the online competition of seven million others
- Carlsen attributes his performance to a combination of data and following his feelings
- The Norwegian chess grandmaster calls himself ‘a fan’ who likes to play
World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen believes that a combination of studying hordes of data and following his instinct has helped him outperform the Premier League Fantasy Football rank.
The 29-year-old Norwegian team proudly led 7 million other online competitors over the Christmas period, making him the best fantasy football player in the world.
Carlsen also won victories at three chess championships, while a support from Mohamed Salah against Watford helped him to become unexpectedly stardom.
Magnus Carlsen believes that a combination of data and his instinct enabled him to surpass Fantasy Football
But the chess grandmaster played down his performance, and insists that just looking at the statistics hoping to find undervalued players remains the key to success.
“It was a great and fun feeling when Salah delivered that second goal, but I don’t pretend it’s a metaphor for anything else,” Carlsen said The Guardian.
‘Because even if you’re good, which I don’t claim to be, you also have to be extremely happy to be the first overall.
‘It looks like sports betting. You can give yourself a better chance by looking at the data … but you still have to follow your gut feeling and be happy. “
The Norwegian chess grandmaster had improved the competition of seven million other players
This season marks Carlsen’s sixth in the league, allowing players to select a team within a set budget and bank points depending on performance.
Carlsen had been able to recite the names of all Norwegian municipalities and capital around the world when he was five years old, but mentioned the fantasy world ranking as another remarkable achievement.
He added: “Although things have moved a bit south since then, I still feel that I have served myself at number 1 in the world, something I will always be very proud of.”
But despite waves on social media, “the Mozart of chess” retained its competitive character when he came into contact with other hopeful people.
“I was half thinking:” I’m competing against you! “And I’m not kidding about believing that I am able to advise other people,” Carlsen said. “I’m just a fan who likes to play.”