Magnus Carlsen: Six (No, Seven!) Prizes And Another Interview

  • PeterDoggers
  • on 12/30/13, 2:03 AM.

After winning the world title in Chennai, Magnus Carlsen hasn't been sitting still. Not even mentioning the hundreds of interview requests from all over the world (including the German Playboy!), Carlsen was in London for a G-Star RAW fashion show, had a meeting with the Norwegian Prime Minister at a children's tournament, had and a coaching session with the Norwegian Junior team, and received no less than six [correction: seven] awards in just one month.

Soon after Carlsen returned to Norway with the World Championship title in his pocket, a big discussion started in his country about a matter that everyone will have talked about at some birthday party: is chess a sport? The reason for the debate in Norway was the time of the year: early December, Norwegian athlets receive their nominations for the annual sports gala Idrettsgallaen, to be held January 4th.

Carlsen was not nominated for the most prestigious prize, ‘male athlete’, probably because in the end the jury decided that chess is not a sport — at least not a physical one. For the same reason, chess is still not part of the national sports federation in Norway.

However, since then the world champion of chess did win six other prizes:

(As always, thanks to Tarjei J. Svensen's tweets it was relatively easy to keep track of this!)

The above gives a good impression of how busy Carlsen has been since November 22nd. And it doesn't stop there. In January he will travel to the USA, where he will give a simul at the International CES, the world’s largest tradeshow for consumer technology, in Las Vegas. Carlsen will also join an open forum, moderated by Peter Thiel, at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California.

In the mean time an excellent interview has appeared online, conducted by VG's Mads Andersen, which includes English subtitles:

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  • 3 years ago


    We all need to study more about Scrooge McDuck.

  • 3 years ago


    chess is a combination of sport, science and art, it cant be called one of the three apart, and like bridge, go and draughts, it is not active sport like tennis or hockey, because the brain is doing most of the work

  • 3 years ago


    Is monolpy a sport? What about poker? Since those have luck involved (dice), then what about checkers? Then again, horseshoe throwing is considered a sport... so is dart throwing and gun shotting.

    But imho, I don't think Chess is a sport. It does take training, and even physical training to stay alert at the board, but it's simply not a sport.

    I would put it the catagory with Pro Gaming... or, just leave it in where it is now... "Chess"

  • 3 years ago


    حقا لاعب دخل التاريخ العالمى

  • 3 years ago


    I really enjoyed that interview. It's good to hear from the current World Champion.

  • 3 years ago


    No(r)Way dont consider Chess a sport?? Magnus should resign as Chess WC asap in

  • 3 years ago


    Obvious - make the chess pieces weigh a hundred pounds each and call it "weight lifting" - instant "sport" if you will..

  • 3 years ago


    Excellent interview. Pretty good questions for the most part. I think Carlsen's composure is an important factor in his being such a great player; he never seems too emotional.

  • 3 years ago


    Note that the Norwegian chess federation actually haven't applied to become members of the Norwegian sports federation, because membership would mean children playing chess could not play in tournaments with adults anymore (a restriction that applies to all sports in Norway).

  • 3 years ago


    German Playboy, lmao!

  • 3 years ago


    agree with bwtaylor : Chess is a sport ! This is not only two random guys sitting at the chess board (not at the professional level). Each of this guys spend countless hours of prepering - both physical part and mind part. We are just seeing the final part - the game between them. Example: ski jumping - we dont see whole process of preperation of a ski jumper - we just see the jump , high jump - again we see only final part etc. 

  • 3 years ago


    Very nice, mostly relevant questions and informative!

  • 3 years ago


    Chess is a sport. It's a mind sport, but not an athletic one. So Magnus should be eligible for sportsman of the year, but not athlete of the year.

  • 3 years ago


    what a lucky guy

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  • 3 years ago


    very nice

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