on London 2012 and volume 2 of her book
Chessvibes interviewed Judith
Polgar on Monday 10th December, who looks back at the London Chess
Classic and talks about what she's busy with
these days. She also describes the process of
writing the second volume of
the end I believe you will always get what you deserve"
On Saturday, December 8th Magnus Carlsen broke Garry
Kasparov's chess rating record of 2851. By drawing with
Hikaru Nakamura at the London Chess Classic, the Norwegian
player will be certain of an Elo of at least 2856 on the
January 1 FIDE rating list.
Chessvibes produced a video in which Carlsen talks about
the game and about breaking the record.
Martin Sandbu is the FT’s economics leader writer.
prodigy, 22, becomes game’s highest-rated player of all time
It’s no wonder he is known as ‘the Mozart of
chess’, as Magnus Carlsen can play up to ten games at once
with his back to the board. Now the 22-year-old grandmaster
has made history by overtaking Gary Kasparov’s record rating
of 2,851 points – a feat the Russian claimed was impossible
after he set the target 12 years ago
Chess prodigy, 22,
beats Kasparov’s 12-year record to become game’s
highest-rated player of all time
Norwegian sensation took up chess at the age of five
and became world number one by the time he was 19
Became highest-rated player ever after beating Brit
He's been making all the right moves in the
world of chess since the age of five and now Norwegian
sensation Magnus Carlsen has become the game's highest-rated
Searching for … Magnus
Carlsen? This 22-year-old is now the world’s highest-rated
chess player of all time
Rick Chandler | Dec 7,
2012, 12:21 PM EST
I’ll be honest — I prefer chess boxing to
actual chess. But it’s kind of exciting to see perhaps a new
Bobby Fischer in the making … only without all the crazy.
Magnus Carlsen of Norway is quite literally
the new face of chess. The 22-year-old part-time model is
now the highest-rated chess player of all time, so bow down,
for your brain is a far inferior brain. Carlsen is smart
enough to be a very effective super villain, but at the age
of five he took up chess, thus choosing good over evil. And
on Thursday he won his fifth-round match in the London
Classic, nudging his overall rating to 2860.5, the highest
ever live rating in chess.
That surpassed the previous record of 2,851,
held for the past 12 years by Garry Kasparov, and considered
to be the 56-game hitting streak of chess.
Chess makes a
dramatic comeback in primary schools
Richard Garner | 10 Nov 2012
Chess is making a dramatic comeback in
primary schools – thirty years after it all but
disappeared completely from the state school scene.
In the past two years, a total of 175
schools – including those serving some of the most deprived
areas of the country – have reintroduced the game to the
Now the charity behind its revival, Chess in
Schools and Communities (CSC), is optimistic the take-up
will spread to 1,000 state schools within the next three
Academics are agreed the game is a major
stimulant for improving pupils’ concentration and believe it
can also be used in other subject areas – such as maths – to
improve skills. [Read
Chess returns to the
Laura Clark | 12 Nov 2012
Schools are reintroducing chess
lessons in an attempt to boost children’s brainpower.
Three decades after it was virtually wiped out in state
schools, the game is making a dramatic comeback.
In just two years, 175 primary
schools across England and Wales have introduced formal
teaching in chess. It follows research suggesting the
‘game of kings’ brings a range of educational benefits
including improved concentration and memory. The charity
spearheading the revival, Chess in Schools and
Communities CSC, said its aim was to expose as many
children as possible to the benefits of the game. [Read
Judit Polgár: the girl
raised to be a chessmaster
Judit Polgár. Photograph: Phil Fisk
Judit Polgár's father had a theory. An
educationalist in Soviet-occupied Hungary, László Polgár
was convinced that genius was made, not born. So he
decided to demonstrate it, taking his three daughters
out of school and concentrating them, from a young age,
on a particular specialist subject. The subject was
chess: and Judit became his proof. The 36-year-old is
now the greatest female chess player of all time and the
only woman ever to reach the top 10 in the world
As Judit points out, László himself was no
chess prodigy. "As a teacher, he was good for only a very
short time!" she laughs. "But they are genius pedagogues, my
mother and father. They know very well how to convince, to
lead the child in a way so that we were happy playing. And
little by little we got more serious." Judit and her older
sisters began by playing just 10 minutes of chess a day; by
the time she was 12, it was 10 hours. Then in 1991 she broke
the then record to become the world's youngest grandmaster,
at just 15.
05.09.12 - The world No1 and top seed for the London Chess Classic, Magnus
Carlsen, has been missing in action at the Istanbul Olympiad - so, where is he?
He’s been busy in the U.S. promoting - amongst other things - the academic
benefits of the game, and was in New York for a week in August to run a chess
camp and to hold several events with 1000 Passions, a startup that lets people
sign up for exclusive experiences.
And Business Insider, the U.S. business/entertainment news
website, was on hand with a report and exclusive video coverage of one of Carlsen's NYC exhibitions that includes an interview with the young Norwegian
30.08.12 - Each month on top US cable news service CNN, their feature
Leading Women connects you with extraordinary women at the
top of their chosen field. And today they focus on one of
the participants of the 4th London Chess Classic - who else
other than the one and only, Judit Polgar!
(CNN) -- In the game of chess, one woman has dominated all
others for more than 20 years.
Judit Polgar has defeated
nine world champions including Garry Kasparov, Boris Spassky
and Viswanathan Anand, and is the only female ever to join
an exclusive coterie of players rated above 2700 by the
World Chess Federation.
Although she is the only woman ranked among the World Chess
Federation's Top 100, Polgar has never won the Women's World
Championship. By 14, she had so outstripped her female peers
that she ceased competing in women's tournaments.