Norwegian chess grandmaster Magnus Carlsen on Friday said he has decided not to enter next year’s qualifications for the 2012 World Chess Championship.
The process and rules governing the qualifications were “unfair and unmodern,” Carlsen, 19, told Oslo daily VG.
The international chess federation FIDE has scheduled a Candidates Tournament between eight players in April 2011 to determine who will play reigning champion Viswatnathan Anand of India the following year.
Carlsen questioned this procedure, saying it was as if football World Cup champions Spain were already secured a berth in the final of the 2014 World Cup.
The Norwegian said he had written FIDE to explain his decision and if the rules change he was open to taking part in future World Chess Championships.
Meanwhile he planned to focus on improving his game and defend his top ranking.