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Meanwhile, Magnus Carlsen is Meeting Mark Zuckerberg & Bill Gates

  • PeterDoggers
  • on 1/22/14, 6:29 AM.

Many chess fans are wondering why Magnus Carlsen, who played the Tata Steel tournament ten times in a row, isn't present in Wijk aan Zee this year. Well, one reason might be a number of very interesting meetings he's had in the United States.

Early January Magnus Carlsen traveled to the U.S. together with his manager Espen Agdestein for several sponsor and promotional events. The first stop was Las Vegas, where Carlsen performed a simul against twenty opponents . The special thing was that Carlsen and his opponents were having a heart rate monitor attached to their bodies during the games.

Nordic Semiconduction, who provided the device and who are one of Carlsen's sponsors, stated that they hope using a heart rate monitor will be introduced at chess events. Here's a video report by VG (see a report by NRK here):

About a week later, on Wednesday, January 16th Carlsen was the guest of honor at a dinner party thrown by billionaire investor Yuri Milner, a famous Russian entrepreneur and venture capitalist. Milner is an investor in e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Spotify, and Groupon. The dinner was held at Milner's mansion in Silicon Valley. 

These events in the Bay area were to benefit America's Foundation for Chess and the 1st Move school programs. Eric Anderson was the person behind Carlsen's home visits, to the Churchill Club, as well as the luncheon at Silicon Valley Bank.

Carlsen played chess against several tech CEOs, including e.g. Art Levinson, who has been the chairman of the board of Apple since Steve Jobs passed away in October 2011. Carlsen also played against Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook. Last Thursday the following picture was posted on Carlsen's Facebook page:

Carlsen: “Teaching Mark Zuckerberg some chess. Incredibly quick learner, glad he is at Facebook!”

A day later, Carlsen joined an event held at the Computer History Museum's Churchill Club, where he was interviewed for an hour by Peter Thiel, an American entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and hedge fund manager (and e.g. co-founder of PayPal). The world champion obviously discussed chess, but also talked about e.g. the strengths and weaknesses of computers, the value of thinking fast, and the importance of eating well.

This Friday Carlsen will meet another big name in tech: the founder of Microsoft and rich philantropist Bill Gates. “(...) the charity of his work, as he does so wonderfully much better and effective than all governments around the world. That's what I think is really admirable,” said Carlsen to TV2.

The two will be guests in Skavlan, a Norwegian-Swedish television talk show hosted by Norwegian journalist Fredrik Skavlan. Previous guests in the show include Michael Palin, Sinead O'Connor, Wyclef Jean, Judit Polgar, Bruno Mars, Ruby Wax, Robbie Williams, Jon Bon Jovi, Richard Dawkins, Kevin Costner, Will Smith and David Guetta. Carlsen also was a guest in the show of 14 October 2011.

Later this month, Carlsen will (finally) be back at the chess board in Zurich.

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  • 17 months ago

    chessrockers

    the astronomous of trillions of riches meets the icon of the world.i dont full agreed what carlsen said but making the money not same as governt it.maybe.. something of the 'BIG' is coming.but thank him(carlsen) for promoting chess.

  • 18 months ago

    spikestars

    high rising atm Carlsen!

  • 18 months ago

    archmage81

    great now Carlsen is siding with the eugenisists, and with the people at the head of these companies, who call the people who use their products dumb zombies, just look it up!  I see that Magnus is also siding with people who have implemented big brother.  Thanks for being a sell out and for instead of using your fame for the good of humanity Magnus, you decided to join with the dark side and Soron!

  • 18 months ago

    LuftWaffles

    A quick reply to those disappointed with Magnus for showing up at these events: Think of what it can do for chess.

    Come on, he's from arguably the most successful socialist country in the world. I doubt that just because Magnus realizes being friendly with billionares can really help promote chess as a game/sport, he is going to embrace hardcore right-wing ideas and get a rolex.

  • 18 months ago

    ilonggo1

    Hope the founders/owners of amazon and google will also meet Carlsen.

  • 18 months ago

    MelvinDoucet

    It sucks they couldn't get decent chessboards for the event.

  • 18 months ago

    Ricardoruben

    GO GerardFarrell1975!! Well, I was not defending Carlsen, you are right, the guy should know better.

  • 18 months ago

    wingfour

    Terrible idea these monitors. It is nobody's business if I get excited over a game. 

  • 18 months ago

    Ricardoruben

    If you think that most of societies´s problems arise from the absurd amount of money concentrated in a few hands (people of course allow them to gather it, since we have no laws against somebody having 73 billion dollars, free market some people call it, but a super rich, somebody over let´s say 10 million dollars is generating alot of poverty). Maybe Anand is a guy that coming from India knows very well what poverty means, while Magnus might not have had the opportunity to live this other side of the concentration of whealth.

  • 18 months ago

    tesasembiring

    Facebook and Microsoft,Zukenberg and Gate and we must add one more heiss for chess.com, we dont see this in Anand's era. Did Heiss sell this?

  • 18 months ago

    machijv

    Since 2006 the capital of Myanmar is Naypyidaw.  It is no longer Rangoon.  I had no clue that Many world chess champions like geography.  I like geography too!  Maybe there is hope for me to become a future world champion!


  • 18 months ago

    TheGreatOogieBoogie

    "It requires no conspiracy theory at all to show that the influence of finance capital over governments in the last few decades has been profound, overpowering and toxic. Clearly he buys into the whole myth that private enterprise and capitalism somehow serves some greater public interest with his comments about Bill Gates work being more effective than governments etc...naive in the extreme."

     

    Word and a half brother!  The thing is he's Norwegian so he should especially know better.  Sure they have a butt ugly capital but have free higher education and a singlepayer healthcare system, which more than makes up for their higher tax rate. 

  • 18 months ago

    TheGreatOogieBoogie

    Yeah quick learner... quick to make Facebook's interface vastly inferior to 2008 that is Cool

  • 18 months ago

    GerardFarrell1975

    Really sad to see Carlsen bedazzled by these kind of people. It requires no conspiracy theory at all to show that the influence of finance capital over governments in the last few decades has been profound, overpowering and toxic. Clearly he buys into the whole myth that private enterprise and capitalism somehow serves some greater public interest with his comments about Bill Gates work being more effective than governments etc...naive in the extreme. The guy is a fantastic chess player, but clearly hasn't had much time to learn much about the world beyond the chess board.

  • 18 months ago

    GerardFarrell1975

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  • 18 months ago

    Gaffneychess

    Aaronsky72 

    "So, the Globalist New World Order elite are wining and dining Magnus huh?"


    Not sure what you're meaning here.  Is the New World Order some kind of a group of super powerful men and women meeting in a dark room smoking cigarettes talking about how to influence world events through market manipulation and government takeovers?  Isn't that what people thought was happening in the 1950s?  I think you give too much credit to the people mentioned in this article.  This is a group of highly influential, young, forward looking thinkers, finding a kindred spirit in Carlsen who they would like to be associated with because it gets both the thinkers and Carlsen some awesome press in a market they wouldn't normally be able to crack without some inside help.  

  • 18 months ago

    yngwie1

    DonOfDubai

    Of course - For you Anand is the 'wrong race'



    And where exactly did you find this in danielfaa's post?

    What I see here is sugestion than Anand belongs to previous generation, raised in a different way, and acting like that.

     

    So I suggest you withdraw your imputation, it may turn out, the only person being a racist here is... you - sorry

  • 18 months ago

    drumdaddy

    Some of these guys lose enough money in their couch to fund chess instructions in all US schools. It would be great if Magnus inspires them to donate to that.

  • 18 months ago

    kfan

    I surely agree with Boorchess. In order to motivate the chess players and also the potential players, no doubt there needs to be a good prize money like in soccer, football, basketball etc. The chess tournaments in the US is really lagging good prize money, they don't have any sponsors. Let us take the example of Millionaire Chess Open, which is going to be held in some months from now. It has an entry fee of minimum $1,000. The organizers want to make chess like poker. But chess cannot be a poker and poker cannot be chess. In order to attract many chess players, the entry fee needs to be reduced and the prize money needs to be increased, this is the only way of promoting chess. Let us see what Carlsen will do.

  • 18 months ago

    FM Boorchess

    I do hope they put their heads together and sponsor some European style chess events in the USA. Magnus Carlsen has only played one tournament here and before that it was longer than a decade that we had a "Super Tournament" on US soil(Intel Rapids). I am very interested to see if our popular, young, champion will work for his own interest and help revitalize the US pro tournament circuit. Or is this simpy a grab and dash dinner and back to the "high chess culture" lands of sponsored tournaments in Europe.

    It is great that they are putting some money towards chess in the schools programs, but what about actual tournament chess and raising the standard of the pro circuit in the USA. What are all those kids supposed to aspire to ? What will keep them interested and wanting to become a GM ?

    If the NBA was not on television and the players not making millions of dollars not many would care. The same goes for chess; When will our tournaments be in the media spot light and the professional players fighting for prestigious prizes ? Outside of the US Championship the top prizes on the us circuit are only profitable if you win clear first prize.If Zuckerman or Gates would get behind somthing like millionairechess.com we could ride the renewed interest in chess that Carlsen has generated and create a real boom: Chess finally enters the big time with corporate sponsors, media coverage and a growth in chess interest for all ages.

    Awesome they will have more chess in the schools programs, but I want to checkmate someone and win a Tesla (or at least an IPad).

    Come on Magnus!

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