CHESS

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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).

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