Carlsen also in the upcoming TIME

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TIME interviews Magnus CarlsenRemember the brief Q&A with Magnus Carlsen in TIME Magazine that we mentioned last week? Well, as it turned out that was just a 'stocking stuffer' during the magazine's quiet holiday period. TIME's upcoming issue (US and international) will hit newstands in a few days, and this one contains a 'full profile' interview.

The new article again isn't very long (912 words) and for the chess fans it doesn't add too much, but we think it's a nice profile of Magnus. Together with last week's Q&A, TIME's readers get a good idea about the person who will probably be dominating the chess world for a while. Two Kasparov quotes:

In September, he announced a coaching contract with Garry Kasparov, arguably the greatest player of all time, who quit chess in 2005 to pursue a political career in Russia. "Before he is done," Kasparov says, "Carlsen will have changed our ancient game considerably."


But Kasparov says Carlsen's mastery is rooted in a "deep intuitive sense no computer can teach" and that his pupil "has a natural feel for where to place the pieces." According to Kasparov, Carlsen has a knack for sensing the potential energy in each move, even if its ultimate effect is too far away for anyone — even a computer — to calculate. In the grand-master commentary room, where chess's clerisy gather to analyze play, the experts did not even consider several of Carlsen's moves during his game with Kramnik until they saw them and realized they were perfect. "It's hard to explain," Carlsen says. "Sometimes a move just feels right."


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