In the press conference (at about 44:20) of World Chess Championship, Maurice Ashley invites Nepo and Carlsen to take a photo with the trophy but Carlsen says that he finds it inappropriate. Why is that?

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    Probably only the winner deserves to be photographed with the trophy
    – B.Swan
    Nov 24, 2021 at 21:42

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Taking a photograph with the trophy is like saying "I have won the trophy". Carlsen hasn't won the trophy (yet); it is possible Nepo wins the match as well in which case Nepo should be the one to take the photograph with the trophy.

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    Two more things: 1) It's also considered bad luck to say "I have won" when you haven't yet, and even if you don't care about bad luck, 2) taking such a picture makes you look presumptuous and arrogant, and your haters will certainly use it against you. You have everything to lose from doing it, and nothing to gain. Nov 27, 2021 at 3:28

He probably doesn't like that guy who told him to take photo which was pretty clear in the interview once in the past when Carlsen got angry on him for no apparent reason. Also Maurice works for chess.com that Carlsen apparently doesn't like too much neither. Maybe Carlsen doesn't like to be pushed around for someone to make a "cool" Instagram like photo. The most important reason though IMO would be that based on football (I don't know too much about other sports) they never make pictures in front of a trophy unless they're winners who already won it. Before the competition begins they either Photoshop the trophy somewhere in the promotional materials or like in the finals you can see players only walk next to the trophy before the match. Only the winner gets to be photographed posing with the trophy I believe at least in football that Carlsen is a fan of so he might think similar. He also is very experienced in many chess ceremonies so it might look the same in chess then.

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    He probably doesn't like that guy who told him to take photo... Citation needed. This seems like opinion. Nov 25, 2021 at 14:35

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