Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Magnus Carlsen speaks ...... the videos.

Here you have it ...... Magnus at his most talkative (!?) in an exclusive interview with the well-known US TV programme CBS 60 minutes.

60 Minutes also produced extra video clips.

Life as a celebrity (or not!):

Here is Chessbase founder, Frederic Friedel:

Lastly there is GM Daniel King on the chess game.

Here is FM Dennis Monokroussos take on it:
[DM: I don't think it does any harm to the prestige of chess, and in that sense it's good. However, it strikes me as pretty ill-informed. Carlsen has tremendous talent, but it's not as if he's inexplicable but players like Kasparov, Anand, Kramnik, Aronian and Topalov (to give just the other members of the 2800 club) are somehow ordinary and their abilities perfectly understood. And it's not so much that it's insulting to them as it reflects an utter lack of understanding about learning and excellence.

The interviewer was also in raptures about Carlsen's 10-board blindfold simul. That's impressive, and I doubt that I could do it even if I started working on blindfold chess in a serious way. But a German FM recently played something like 46 blindfold games simultaneously! That's an incredible achievement, but it still doesn't put him in Carlsen's league as a chess player.

So I'd call it the television equivalent of empty calories.]

AND Lastly, here is the 1972 60 Minutes interview with Bobby Fischer:

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