HUSTLING is fun – if you are the hustler.
The second World Champion, Emanuel Lasker, took on an amateur who explained after losing a string of games, and cash, “they call me the local Lasker”.
The American grandmaster, Reuben Fine, was unrecognised in a Viennese coffee shop and deliberately lost a string of games, for a small stake, before saying: “Okay, I have to go now, so let’s play a last game, double or quits”. Of course Fine won and collected the pot.
In 1967 I was the loser in the Philippines chess centre. I was introduced to a teenager and told to pay him a dollar if I lost. That teen was the future GM, Eugenio Torre.
A new viral video, published on October 6, shows Magnus Carlsen in Washington Square Park, where he walks straight up to the best players and destroys them in quick succession. They did not know whom they were playing, but sensed something fishy when one was checkmated in just 10 moves.
Carlsen is back in New York, preparing for his title match against Sergey Karjakin.
The organiser, Ilya Merenzon, says: “There are two parts: the one is the preparation for the match and the second one is the match itself. We are really working hard, finalising the venue and broadcast issues.
“We are working with both players and with their managers, New York City and Fide to make sure it’s going to be the best experience.
“The contract between Fide and sponsors Agon is finalised and is being signed.
“We have to realise that there are many new attractive issues about this match: It’s the youngest championship ever as Carlsen is 25 and Karjakin 26.
“And right now everyone in the world has a smart phone, so we will definitely have something which allows people to use smart phones and not only to follow the match, but almost be there.
“We are also developing a new way of broadcasting and I don’t really want to say too much as we really want to represent it in a good way.
“As soon as we know what exactly it is, we will be able to announce it but we are working on exciting ways to show chess. It’s going to be the first match transmitted almost entirely on the iternet.”
The 12-game match is planned to take place between November 11and 30 in the renovated Fulton Market Building ( formerly the Fulton Fish Market) in the South Street Seaport in New York City, with the two contestants competing for a prize fund of at least 1 million euros (R15.3m).