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On chess: You can buy game, meal with No. 1

On chess: You can buy game, meal with No. 1

Feb 18, 2012, 4:44 AM 0

On chess: You can buy game, meal with No. 1

Saturday February 18, 2012 6:43 AM

Is Magnus Carlsen becoming the Warren Buffett of chess?

Not in wealth, of course. While Carlsen — the world’s top-ranked chess player — earns a healthy income (more than $1 million last year), investor Buffett was ranked as the fourth-richest man in the world by Forbesmagazine with a net worth of $39 billion.

Buffett annually auctions a dinner with himself for charity.

Now, Carlsen is available for a price. For $2,600 a person, the 1000 Passions Website will arrange a private meal for one to four people with Carlsen — plus a two-hour game followed by analysis — in August in New York.

The most recent winner of the Buffett auction paid $2.63 million for a steak dinner with financial analysis by Buffett — but no equivalent to a chess game.

Carlsen recently made a startling revelation to a Russian writer: “If I don’t have a training session and there’s no upcoming tournament, then I don’t study chess at all.”

But when there’s a tournament, “Chess takes up all my time. At that point, I’m 100 percent focused on the game. I switch off the television and telephone. I don’t exist for anyone.”

Shelby Lyman is a Basic Chess Features columnist.

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