A guy I knew long ago from Detroit, Michigan USA had a favorite quote about chess. Chess is a non-hostile way to vent hostile impulses. Pete was involved in the chess leagues there for young men who might become gang members with destructive tendencies otherwise. I was reminded of him after reading a column by GM Daniel Naroditsky titled How Magnus Does It in the United States Chess periodical.
The quote by Daniel that struck a chord was Carlsen prefers to torture his opponent first. Taken quite literally, this could mean one has an opportunity to humanely kill their adversary but has some sadistic predilection for administering gloating pain! Indeed, the young GM also uses terms like control and carve in his chessic commentary on a rewarding game between Hikaru Nakamura and the world champion.
Of course my equating sadism with the Royal Game is to some extent hyperbolic, but the the horrifying question here is how close are chess players to being labeled as intellectual sadists? I mean Naroditsky speaks of faking a countenance of being lost in the position and not knowing how to make progress; the point here apparently is to buoy the psychological state of your adversary before you crush his spirit with a ruthless tactical sequence! Not only do chess players believe in torture, they magnify it with a Yo-Yo effect!!!
Finally the game, played in London, England, between the two chess icons had the the fascinating imbalance of two bishops with tattered weak pawns versus two horses with solid pawn structure as you can see in the IPhone 7 plus photograph below
BTW, whatever sum the magazine Chess Life pays Mr. Naroditsky for his writing endeavors, his remuneration should be tripled for his fascinating insights into the the thought process of super strong chess players. He could perhaps up his income by being a better chess consultant than the guy on this detective show.