December 17, 2010

The London Chess Classic

I went to the last day of the London Chess Classic on Wednesday...... 4 English players +

  • Magnus Carlsen (20yo Norwegian prodigy, world nr 1 by Elo rating),

  • Vishy Anand (current world champion),

  • Vladimir Kramnik (previous world champion, beat Kasparov for title, world nr 4 by Elo rating),

  • Hikaru Nakamura (American, former world blitz champion).

  • These men are like demi-gods to a patzer like me. Entering the antechamber I almost bumped into Kramnik and then stood close to Anand, the world champion, as he gave an interview having drawn with Kramnik. I was slackjawed as I clicked away.

    Carlsen won despite a poor start. Garry Kasparov was there, the strongest player of all time (tho Fischer was sui generis).

    But best of all Kasparov signed his book on Fischer for me with a dedication to 2 of
    my children who play chess. Now I know true happiness:

    This interview has Kasparov talking about a stint of training Carlsen. It is of extreme interest to cognoscenti as their styles differ dramatically and Carlsen markedly improved thereafter.

    Interview with Kasparov and Carlsen + a sting in the tail: