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Kim Kardashian, "I Want To Learn How To Play Chess"

  • SonofPearl
  • on 1/13/13, 2:43 AM.

Kim-Kardashian.jpgThe model, actress and fashion designer Kim Kardashian caused a stir in chess circles yesterday when she tweeted, "I want to learn how to play chess. Wondering if Levon Aronian can teach me!"

The Armenian world #3 ranked player Lev Aronian is currently playing at the prestigious Tata Steel tournament in the Netherlands.  He re-tweeted Kim's plea but didn't respond.

Chess.com owner Erik Allebest was touched by Kim Kardashian's interest in the royal game and has offered to sponsor her chess tuition, recommending 21-year old US Grandmaster Sam Shankland as the ideal tutor!

So if you're reading this Kim, please tweet your interest to @chesscom and become part of the #1 online chess community!


A natural player? Kim Kardashian with a chess set (pic: The Telegraph)


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  • 2 years ago


    Sarcastic or not, your ideas are indeed interesting and thought provoking - both of them (the being-sponsored-as-a-student-for-bigger-benefit one, and the supporting-a-good-but-not-well-off-coach one). 

    So it would be - supporting an ardent but financially poor student, by paying tuition to an excellent, but financially-challenged coach. A good combination! But this would be a society-benefitting project, disrelated to the one at hand. 

    On another note - you also, probably, don't need a GM as a coach in your current stage of chess development - probably any 2000-rated guy will do... not so?

  • 2 years ago


    That was a sarcastic post, I don't expect any sponsorship from Erik, still I would be very happy if I'm sponsored with a GM as a coach.

  • 2 years ago



    I have strong sympathies with this post :-) and best of luck to you in your quest to rise up the rating charts... my heart's with you.

  • 2 years ago


    Why don't you sponsor me instead Erik? I'm a serious chess student, study for around 4 hours a day, mostly from books, and playing in rating tournaments once or twice a year. And I'm sure my game would improve a lot if I would be coached by a GM than just reading books. And I can assure you that I will progress and will be benefited a lot more than this woman will ever in her lifetime.


    And if you indeed want to sponsor a coach to her, I suggest you hire a coach who is struggling / not so well off. You don't need a GM to teach someone how to move the pieces / basic tactics. Any 1500 rated coach will do. A GM will spend his time better with a brighter student.

  • 2 years ago


    Maybe she also likes Mr. Aronian and wants to make friends with him. How can this be of any damage? People from the tops of their professions do make friends, and it can only bring benefit to both worlds. 

    Meanwhile, anyone for 3 0 blitz? (not Aronian - he's too strong, and not Kim, at least until she does take these lessons...)

  • 2 years ago


    I don't understand what's the big deal? A girl wants to learn chess. Who ever said anything about becoming a decent player? Training?

    Someone (and why not Aronian? She honors him when she asks specifically for the best player of her country) to teach her the moves, show her a couple of things - maybe tricks, or an ending, answer some questions, play a few friendly games - and that's it. 

    It may well be a passing interest - but she'll be able to say that she knows chess and likes it, and that's what it's all about. Cool it pls. 

    - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 

    On another note, chapeau to chess.com for not suspending that racism guy right away, but for giving him a decent chance to retract, or at least to take a cool shower (I'm thinking about that cold-water-in-the-pants scene from The Great Dictator, for whoever remembers that Charlie Chaplin gem...)

    I appreciate moderation in discipline, rather than a 'shooting first, thinking about it later' policy. 

  • 2 years ago


    hmmm all those who oppose her learning chess...lack sportsmanship.if any one wants to learn we should try to encourage rather than making discouraging comments.

  • 2 years ago


    Franken_Berry, you're a sick, sick man.

  • 2 years ago


  • 2 years ago


    Maybe Sam could start by teaching her how to set up a chess board.  Notice the Knight...

  • 2 years ago


    @ steve_bute


    Depents ;) not by her for sure ;p fake platic girl. And all she does it seeking attention:p she should stay with the "porn" movies..

  • 2 years ago


    I hope she agrees. With a couple of hours per week she comits to study and such a coach, soon she will be a decent player, and she might attract media attention to chess. The more, the better for the game!

  • 2 years ago


    I hope that's all it amounts to, Erik! :) I can't help but see the messenger as "a joke" and hope that doesn't translate into anything detrimental for Chess.com.

  • 2 years ago


    Kim, assuming you are playing fischer random´s, where you switch knight and bishop homeplaces, thats not even a legal move... and even if it was, it would be terrible.

  • 2 years ago


    I'm not looking to have Kim as a Chess.com spokesperson. I'm just offering to help her find a good coach! I certainly lean family friendly. And I'm not someone who follows the Kardashians in any way - I'm not into pop culture. But if someone wants to enjoy chess, and that person has 17 million subscribers she can spread the chess word to, I support that :) Again, I'm not looking for a celebrity face to Chess.com. But if someone with a spotlight has a good experience on Chess.com, I think that is benefitial. Sometimes strange messengers are chosen to deliver unexpected messages ;)

  • 2 years ago


    I will teach her anytime for free.

  • 2 years ago


    Sorry for my post's length, but I think the subject is important, and I REALLY don't like to be misunderstood, as there was at least one comment that indicated I most definitely WAS misunderstood.

  • 2 years ago


    Now that the heat of my initial, emotional reaction to this has passed, I will express myself more "coolly."

    Just so I'm not misunderstood, the first thing is that I have NEVER said I or anyone else is "without sin." Only Jesus and Mary can claim that, referring to my personal belief system, that is. I do not care--AT ALL--how Kim conducts her life for her OWN sake. Everyone has the right to live their life the way they choose IF they don't hurt anyone. Of course, people have very varied opinions on what is hurtful and to whom.

    We live in a world where moral decline is increasing exponentially every day. The older a person is, the more obvious that decline is, too, and it's very obvious to me. People like the Kardashians feed and promote this in a VERY big way and care NOthing about the possible detrimental effect they have on society. They are riding the wave, like SOOOOooooo many self-centered, self-serving others, getting what they can for THEMSELVES---mostly attention to feed their enormous egos, and money to keep filling their insatiable pockets. This is true of those in the media, in general: the film industry, TV, tabloids, and the list goes on and on. The Kardashians are at the center of it---in many ways I see them as the epitome of degeneracy.

    In my opinion, Kim and her family are at the forefront of the continuation of that kind of contamination of the population, in general, along with most "reality" TV, the entertainment industry and all forms of advertising and marketing, period. The idea that Chess.com may attract her into this site, with the possibility---like a dangling carrot---of her representing it in some way, really upsets me. 

    Chess.com is touted as a "family" site, but everyone has different barometers as to what "family" means. I find Chess.com to lean more liberal in actual execution of the standards set. I do realize it is very difficult to patrol everything everywhere on this site, but there are times, even when aware of certain "nastiness," things are allowed which, by MY PERSONAL opinion, shouldn't be. It is probably due to the line between what is appropriate and acceptable and what is not, being blurred, especially having the position of wanting to please and encompass SO many people under the same "roof." Chess.com is like a giant "living room," and I understand it can be difficult to define what kind of living room it should be, while not wanting to push people away. Some people are considerate and respectful and won't put their shoes up on the table---but other people will, and others live in filth, thinking nothing of it. I just don't agree that the "filth" status needs to actually be a "severe health hazard" before it's considered unacceptable.

    I happen to really love the site and what it offers; I love the game and the positive place it can have in people's lives---especially the benefit of kids learning it; and I've come to love some of the people who run it, having become directly involved. If I didn't, I wouldn't care or feel as passionately about this issue. I wouldn't want this site to end up being perceived as a "joke," or lesser than it is. I don't think the New York Times would want to be perceived as a "tabloid." There's a good chance that could happen here now that the lid of Pandora's Box may have been lifted.

    If she, or any other celebrity, likes chess and tells the world they like it---fine. The people who like the particular celebrity might be influenced to look into chess. That is a positive. Being directly affiliated with Chess.com is different, which could happen, especially having been encouraged and supported to do so. My opinion, which I've made pretty clear, I think, is that WHO champions this site should at least have a certain type character (or even just a certain type "image"). OBVIOUSLY there is NO ONE who is PERFECT or SINLESS! I'm certainly not and no one I know is, so who am I or anyone else to expect that of anyone? That would be absurd, so don't misperceive my stance.

    But that doesn't mean there aren't instances where judgement of a person's character and lifestyle come into play. There are certain jobs and positions in which someone's skills and/or character determines whether or not they qualify. It seems that my perception of what Chess.com is and what kind of people should be officially affiliated with it differs from actuality. 

    The way I see it is Chess.com is not just about chess; chess is the common denominator that brings people here. Though Chess.com is an outstanding resource for learning and playing chess, it is also about community---with a wide age-range and worldwide cultural diversity. It is a much bigger and more community-oriented site than other comparable chess sites. The membership is huge and growing exponentially all the time, and does so WITHOUT the help of celebrity endorsement. 

    The fact that she has been given this type of positive publicity and attention here more than disappoints me--it also frightens me, for the site's sake. But embracing her supposed desire to learn chess just for chess's sake? I can't help but see this is anything but publicity...her for her own sake (as with anything she puts out there---she wants attention and thinks that by SAYing something publicly, her word will get to WHO she wants--in this case, Aronian--and she'll get what she wants, like Veruca Salt in "Willy Wonka"); and Chess.com for the site's sake and to promote the game itself. I just think the belief that even BAD publicity is GOOD publicity is simply another perfect example of the fact that the definition of what is good or bad is blurred or ignored. Bad publicity is publicity---it doesn’t make it good.

    Put simply: you are what you eat. Whether you eat healthy food or junk food, your body responds accordingly. To me, her tweet was like a poisoned apple and Chess.com took a bite :( Look where one apple got mankind! In this case, let's hope this apple is that of fairy tales in which a prince will save the day! Either way---the apple's already bitten...

  • 2 years ago


    I think Erik is very clever to offer a sponsorship of Kim Kardashian's chess tuition. Think about it this way: it's an investment. Kim Kardashian has over 17 million followers - yes 17,000,000 people - and that sort of following could certainly pay dividends for chess.com, and accordingly, for the entire chess world. Any press to get America more interested in chess is good press in my opinion.

  • 2 years ago

    NM Petrosianic

    +1 on what erik said.  chess players come from all walks of life, and people could do much worse than chess.

    as long as people aren't interfering in a bad way with the well-being of others, their lives are their own to live and we should respect that.

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