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. 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!


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


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  • 4 years ago


    I will teach her anytime for free.

  • 4 years ago


    Sorry for my post's length, but I think the subject is important, and I REALLY don't like to be misunderstood, as there was at least one comment that indicated I most definitely WAS misunderstood.

  • 4 years ago


    Now that the heat of my initial, emotional reaction to this has passed, I will express myself more "coolly."

    Just so I'm not misunderstood, the first thing is that I have NEVER said I or anyone else is "without sin." Only Jesus and Mary can claim that, referring to my personal belief system, that is. I do not care--AT ALL--how Kim conducts her life for her OWN sake. Everyone has the right to live their life the way they choose IF they don't hurt anyone. Of course, people have very varied opinions on what is hurtful and to whom.

    We live in a world where moral decline is increasing exponentially every day. The older a person is, the more obvious that decline is, too, and it's very obvious to me. People like the Kardashians feed and promote this in a VERY big way and care NOthing about the possible detrimental effect they have on society. They are riding the wave, like SOOOOooooo many self-centered, self-serving others, getting what they can for THEMSELVES---mostly attention to feed their enormous egos, and money to keep filling their insatiable pockets. This is true of those in the media, in general: the film industry, TV, tabloids, and the list goes on and on. The Kardashians are at the center of it---in many ways I see them as the epitome of degeneracy.

    In my opinion, Kim and her family are at the forefront of the continuation of that kind of contamination of the population, in general, along with most "reality" TV, the entertainment industry and all forms of advertising and marketing, period. The idea that may attract her into this site, with the possibility---like a dangling carrot---of her representing it in some way, really upsets me. is touted as a "family" site, but everyone has different barometers as to what "family" means. I find to lean more liberal in actual execution of the standards set. I do realize it is very difficult to patrol everything everywhere on this site, but there are times, even when aware of certain "nastiness," things are allowed which, by MY PERSONAL opinion, shouldn't be. It is probably due to the line between what is appropriate and acceptable and what is not, being blurred, especially having the position of wanting to please and encompass SO many people under the same "roof." is like a giant "living room," and I understand it can be difficult to define what kind of living room it should be, while not wanting to push people away. Some people are considerate and respectful and won't put their shoes up on the table---but other people will, and others live in filth, thinking nothing of it. I just don't agree that the "filth" status needs to actually be a "severe health hazard" before it's considered unacceptable.

    I happen to really love the site and what it offers; I love the game and the positive place it can have in people's lives---especially the benefit of kids learning it; and I've come to love some of the people who run it, having become directly involved. If I didn't, I wouldn't care or feel as passionately about this issue. I wouldn't want this site to end up being perceived as a "joke," or lesser than it is. I don't think the New York Times would want to be perceived as a "tabloid." There's a good chance that could happen here now that the lid of Pandora's Box may have been lifted.

    If she, or any other celebrity, likes chess and tells the world they like it---fine. The people who like the particular celebrity might be influenced to look into chess. That is a positive. Being directly affiliated with is different, which could happen, especially having been encouraged and supported to do so. My opinion, which I've made pretty clear, I think, is that WHO champions this site should at least have a certain type character (or even just a certain type "image"). OBVIOUSLY there is NO ONE who is PERFECT or SINLESS! I'm certainly not and no one I know is, so who am I or anyone else to expect that of anyone? That would be absurd, so don't misperceive my stance.

    But that doesn't mean there aren't instances where judgement of a person's character and lifestyle come into play. There are certain jobs and positions in which someone's skills and/or character determines whether or not they qualify. It seems that my perception of what is and what kind of people should be officially affiliated with it differs from actuality. 

    The way I see it is is not just about chess; chess is the common denominator that brings people here. Though is an outstanding resource for learning and playing chess, it is also about community---with a wide age-range and worldwide cultural diversity. It is a much bigger and more community-oriented site than other comparable chess sites. The membership is huge and growing exponentially all the time, and does so WITHOUT the help of celebrity endorsement. 

    The fact that she has been given this type of positive publicity and attention here more than disappoints me--it also frightens me, for the site's sake. But embracing her supposed desire to learn chess just for chess's sake? I can't help but see this is anything but publicity...her for her own sake (as with anything she puts out there---she wants attention and thinks that by SAYing something publicly, her word will get to WHO she wants--in this case, Aronian--and she'll get what she wants, like Veruca Salt in "Willy Wonka"); and for the site's sake and to promote the game itself. I just think the belief that even BAD publicity is GOOD publicity is simply another perfect example of the fact that the definition of what is good or bad is blurred or ignored. Bad publicity is publicity---it doesn’t make it good.

    Put simply: you are what you eat. Whether you eat healthy food or junk food, your body responds accordingly. To me, her tweet was like a poisoned apple and took a bite :( Look where one apple got mankind! In this case, let's hope this apple is that of fairy tales in which a prince will save the day! Either way---the apple's already bitten...

  • 4 years ago


    I think Erik is very clever to offer a sponsorship of Kim Kardashian's chess tuition. Think about it this way: it's an investment. Kim Kardashian has over 17 million followers - yes 17,000,000 people - and that sort of following could certainly pay dividends for, and accordingly, for the entire chess world. Any press to get America more interested in chess is good press in my opinion.

  • 4 years ago

    NM Petrosianic

    +1 on what erik said.  chess players come from all walks of life, and people could do much worse than chess.

    as long as people aren't interfering in a bad way with the well-being of others, their lives are their own to live and we should respect that.

  • 4 years ago


    No stopping the publicity-bandwagon! Smile

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  • 4 years ago


    Dunno if anyone has noted this but maybe she asked Aronian because he is Armenian and she is of Armenian descent?

  • 4 years ago


    Thank you for repping Chess in a positive way.

  • 4 years ago


    I'm so confused. How exactly did the black queen get to that square from d8? And what kind of fancy moves let you switch the black bishop and knight? I guess she really does need some lessons. ;)

  • 4 years ago


    hilarious. jesterville cautions us all to avoid judgement on that vapid c-nut and then condemns all americans a day later. 

  • 4 years ago


    Kim gonna be a chess master one day

  • 4 years ago


    Oh please...let those without sin cast the first stone. She is being critised because she carries herself loosely? She is pregnant out of wedlock? Do you know how many girls go through the North American High School System and come out a virgin...0...and what does 50% Divorse rate say? It certainly says nothing about the % that is also cheating on their wives/husbands...or what % is only in the relationship for money? The whole of North America is driven by greed, corruption and prostitution...yet we come down on Kim, as though she should act like Mother Theresa while living in the Land of Immorality?

  • 4 years ago


    Now I understand Aronian's current form

  • 4 years ago


    its a gud thing and v should encourage her ....

  • 4 years ago


    do it! do it!Laughing

  • 4 years ago


    Aronian?-just look at his last game....Kim -if You really want THE BEST coach-i can teach You (of course-FOR FREE).I can teach any GIRL (for free) if she really WANTS IT Embarassed-I'm SIMPLY THE BEST (as You can see I'm THE BIGGEST" FISCH " ).Go on !EmbarassedEmbarassedEmbarassed

  • 4 years ago



    I hope this cancer doesn't spread chronic illness to the game of chess......"

    Great metaphor, Gannicus, and Nimzo, I saw your edited comment and I agree. Oh, well...

  • 4 years ago


    I get what you're saying, Erik, and you are obviously someone who can separate the person from the game (or the talent or the job or the task at hand or whatever; my brother's the same way). I'm definitely not someone who does that when given the choice--especially in relation to my life's work. My choice will take all aspects into consideration--and at the forefront: someone's character. Obviously, sometimes we don't have a choice and we must separate the two, just as one often has to work with conflicting personalities and styles. That's not what this is, as I see it.

    I guess my take of's place in the world is different than yours, and since you founded, the decisions are up to you and Jay, of course! But, as you know, not all of us will agree with them or embrace them. To me, for the most part, is a site of integrity, and in my opinion (obviously, from my previous comments) her sponsored affiliation would defile that. But it's not my site, so...

    In comparison, I also have trouble with Warner Bros. having butchered the Harry Potter story, but they're based on J.K. Rowling's books, and if she was all right with what they did with the adaptations--well...

  • 4 years ago


    Well said, Erik Laughing.

  • 4 years ago


    I'm willing to support anyone learning and playing chess! If a celebrity wants to give some exposure to our game, let her. I'm not condoning or promoting anything other than chess :)

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