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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!

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

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  • 2 years ago

    Paraba

    Be nice people she is going to be a mother.

  • 2 years ago

    RookedOnChess

    That's exactly the point---I'd be pretty willing to bet that's the reason this is even happening. A photo deliberately taken of her all dressed up with a champagne glass and chess board (which we all know isn't even set up correctly) is all about image. The game of chess has a classy, intelligent image of its own which it seems is the intent here---to try to "up" her image from the very low one she's got. Ugh. A woman who spends that much time in front of the mirror, picking out outfits and then strutting, won't put serious time into learning this game. Another thing I'd probably bet on.

  • 2 years ago

    u4icksand

    I think GM Shankland should pursue this with at least vague interest. Imagine the renown he would win for himself and the game as a whole if he actually managed to make a credible player out of a famous person who knew absolutely nothing of the game when lessons began. Furthermore, if the famous person were one who was not considered by most to be a particularly intelligent individual, then the feat would be all the more spectacular.

  • 3 years ago

    Vingore

    The first five lessons could be devoted to how to set up the board correctly.

  • 3 years ago

    solskytz

    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?

  • 3 years ago

    Balachandar

    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.

  • 3 years ago

    solskytz

    <Balachandar>

    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.

  • 3 years ago

    Balachandar

    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.

  • 3 years ago

    solskytz

    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...)

  • 3 years ago

    solskytz

    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. 

  • 3 years ago

    abdulmajidsayem1

    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.

  • 3 years ago

    mottsauce

    Franken_Berry, you're a sick, sick man.

  • 3 years ago

    muztay

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  • 3 years ago

    Kingwraith

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

  • 3 years ago

    VirtualChessX

    @ 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..

  • 3 years ago

    XavierPadilla

    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!

  • 3 years ago

    RookedOnChess

    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.

  • 3 years ago

    acceptance90

    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.

  • 3 years ago

    erik

    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 ;)

  • 3 years ago

    Champeknight

    I will teach her anytime for free.

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