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Vladimir Kramnik on London 2012 - a brief video interview



Here's a Chessvibes interview with the 14th World Champion Vladimir Kramnik, who looks back at the London Chess Classic where he finished second behind Magnus Carlsen.


Full interview and transcript


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Judit Polgar 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 her book.


Full story including transcript


Video produced by Peter Doggers



Carlsen: "In 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.


Full story including transcript


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Lunch with the FT: Magnus Carlsen By Martin Sandbu


The 22-year-old Norwegian is set to become the highest-rated chess player of all time. Martin Sandbu meets him in a Lebanese restaurant in London.


Martin Sandbu is the FT’s economics leader writer.


Norwegian chess 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 ... more.

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 Luke McShane


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 player ever.


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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.


Trick or treat ...

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 curriculum.


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 years.


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 more].

Chess returns to the timetable


By 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 more].

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 rankings.


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.


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An Evening with Magnus Carlsen


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 superstar.


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Beating Men at their Own Game


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.


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