Your Chance to Play Carlsen!

Your Chance to Play Carlsen!

FM MikeKlein
Jan 9, 2014, 7:30 AM |

Feel like playing a world champion next week? Probably every one in the world, short of Viswanathan Anand, would likely say "Yes!" Here's your chance.

GM Magnus Carlsen, just two months removed from becoming the second-youngest world champion in history, will play a six-board simultaneous match on January 16, 2014 in Mountain View, California, USA. The organizers probably realized it still wouldn't be too competitive, so they decided to blindfold Carlsen too.

The event is presented by the Churchill Club and is in partnership with First Move. The setting is the Computer History Museum at 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd.

Advance tickets are $40 for members of the Churchill Club, $55 for non-members (prices go up for on-site registration). College students are free, as are minors with a paying adult. You can register and read more about the event here.

Doors open at 5 p.m. with a drawing to soon follow. One or two spots will be filled this way, and you must be present to play (obviously!). If you want to guarantee one of the six openings, you can make a $5000 donation to First Move. To do so, email 

Deja vu? Carlsen playing a blindfolded simul in 2012, also in the Bay Area (photo credit: Aamir Ali Azhar,

After Carlsen either dispatches the field or someone wins and crafts the story of a lifetime, a buffet dinner will follow. There will then be a brief question and answer session with the audience, and hopefully you'll be able to come up with better questions than some members of the press corps did in Chennai.

The evening will conclude with Carlsen being interviewed by entrepeneur and investor Peter Thiel, co-founder of PayPal and United States Chess Federation Life Master.