Magnus Carlsen Rules California!
Magnus Carlsen has been very busy over this past week as he toured California and the Silicon Valley. First, Magnus Carlsen teaches(plays) chess with the founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg. Zuckerberg, who sets yearly goals/challenges for himself every year, had a private chess class with the 23-year-old World Chess Champion. Magnus later said, on his Facebook page of course, that Zuckerberg was an "incredibly quick learner, glad he is at Facebook!"
Next, Carlsen agrees to chair a $5 million dollar chess program, and finally, speaks to the co-founder Peter Thiel in a one-hour interview, which was featured in Forbes Magazine. Some of Magnus' comments in this interview gives you a little more insight on how the brain of the World Chess Champion works. Here are some excerpts:
About his diet. “Earlier today I had a burger. It made me feel awful. If I tried to play serious chess tonight, I’d play awful."
About the top chess countries. "I think in 15 to 20 years, you will see India and China as the greatest chess powers in the world.”
Chess and computers. "Chess I think will never be fully solved by computers.” There are databases already for all possible moves with six pieces on the board, Carlsen says. “But I don’t think we’ll see seven pieces resolved in our lifetime. And as for all 32 pieces, that’s probably never going to happen.”
To read the interviews, just click on the links above and enjoy Magnus' tour of California.
Have a good day everyone!