So you think that nowadays there isn’t a chess player who could play a match against him on a level footing?
For now I don’t see anyone. Sooner or later, when he’s 35-40, he’ll lose his title [unless Magnus concedes the title without playing first], but now he’s simply in his prime. Besides, he has such a style that he simply tortures his opponents in “dull” positions. 90% of players lose interest in such positions, but it’s as if it doesn’t matter to him. It’s very tough to adapt to such a style and it’s hard to fight against. The opening has nothing to do with it. Let’s take that sixth game of the match: Nepomniachtchi made 120 good moves, and it turned out that wasn’t enough!