February 20, 2012 17:20

Magnus in 60 Minutes: watch it, in case you missed it

Magnus in 60 Minutes: watch it, in case you missed it

We had already mentioned it, and now it's available online: Magnus Carlsen in the CBS news magazine 60 Minutes, which aired on Sunday night in the USA. CBS provided the chess media all the links and embed codes to share their footage with the chess fans. Watch it, in case you missed it!


You can watch the broadcast segment on YouTube here.






Editors's picture
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Achterberg's picture

Got to love Danny King

noyb's picture

Typical fodder for the masses. Nice to have chess promoted, but for true fans of the game, there were a lot of "wince" moments.

Pal G.'s picture

Agreed. Eye-rolling too. I don't think anyone who saw it would be all that impressed by Magnus. They failed to mention his ELO, the ratings list, his tournament wins, etc.. The segment seems to end abruptly as well. Are we missing something after 13 mins?

Lee's picture

Well said. It was a pretty poor effort overall.

Nice to see Magnus smile and elaborate a little when speaking though, he should do both more often.

Anonymous's picture

Is this all the footage? Or just some clips from a longer video?

Ken Frank's picture

Yes, it is always good to see chess promoted in Big Media, but I agree about the "wince" moments! I never heard him called "The Mozart Of Chess" for instance. The feature basically made Carlsen seem as if he was in a league of his own. 60 Minutes showed footage from the recent London tounament, but neglected to mention that Carlsen finished third (or second-third with traditional scoring). And I'd love to see a mainstream media piece on chess that didn't talk about insanity.

But all in all, I was glad to see it.

Ricitos's picture
iLane's picture

Looks like a trailer to the real show. Where's the full version???

calvin amari's picture

I saw the program in real time -- this is all there is.

Al's picture

for chess dummies he'll definitely come across as a genius however as noted it does put Carlsen in a league of his own which isn't true, anybody around 2750+ can put up a big fight, with the 2800 club being at least equal to him.

Still, great media for chess and especially great media for Carlsen - his rivals will be very envious!

calvin amari's picture

Magnus is number one in the chess world. That is sensational. In a very short segment, there are any number of possible "angles" to convey his remarkable talents and achievements to the public at large. While admittedly hackneyed in virtually all respects, I generally have no substantive quarrel with most of the editorial selections of 60 Minutes in this regard. But the part about the potential of following in the footsteps of Bobby Fischer's mental illness seems deceptively truncated. I find it very hard to believe that, in any extended discussion of the subject, Magnus would really leave one with the impression that he is truly concerned that he will end up in the same sorry state that Fischer did. The problematic -- or symptomatic -- details of Fischer's early life (including up until Magnus's current age, for example) are well known. In any discussion, surely Magnus would convey that, while the Fischer saga naturally may give rise to momentary self-reflective wonder, it is plain that Magnus's own family life, overall socialization, behavior, and outlook bear no resemblance whatsoever to that of Fischer. Anything Magnus conveyed along these lines obviously ended up on the cutting room floor.

I applaud all the attention that Magnus garners within the mainstream media. It's good for chess. His publicist would be wise, however, to develop a list of questions and "angles" to explore that are more interesting and penetrating (even for a general audience) than what we see again and again.

EH's picture

Probably the best comment I've reda here.

EH's picture

read, not reda ...

Niima's picture

Well said calvin.

Knallo's picture

I liked GM King's comments.

Webbimio's picture

Can someone explain me, please, why "it's good to see chess promoted"? Really, I'm not joking, I think that if we all think that the best for chess is to substitute soccer or football, we are missing something important. Maybe we should accept the fact that chess is an elite game, and actually I think that the world contest was much more interesting when there were far less players than today.

The Devil's picture

I think anyone who enjoys something would like to see that thing be promoted. It won't solve the worlds problems but as a past time it makes sense that chess players would like to see chess promoted

katar's picture

Promotion of chess generally helps to make chess a more valuable or realistic marketing option for sponsors who put up the money that makes elite chess matches and tournaments economically feasible. Without sponsors' money there is no elite chess. When Linares was cancelled, did the players get together at their own expense and play "for free", without sponsors? Of course not.

Webbimio's picture

I still don't catch the point. Top players are used to current level of sponsorship, so they wouldn't play with much less money. But the games of Capablanca, Alekhine, Botvinnik and Spassky weren't less interesting just because they got less money for them. This is a matter between top players and some businessmen, why should I care about it?

sab's picture

So where is the video?

The Devil's picture

There's 6 videos in this article. The first one linked is the one that aired on 60 Minutes.

joseph's picture

Watch out, Magnus... Levon has got your number!

Rama G's picture

The more chess is promoted in the mainstream media, the more sponsor interest there will be. The more sponsor interest, the more money for the elite players. The more money for the elite players, the more sensational it will seem and more new fans will take interest in the game. The more all of the foregoing occur, the more current fans will feel validated.

stevefraser's picture

And more players will be able to make a decent living as a professional, enriching the royal game (At some point, sooner rather than later, the piece positions at the beginning of a game need to be expanded somewhat so chess is not "played out".

Parkov's picture

Yeah, Capablanca thought the same thing

Anonymous's picture

Really? What a crook this Capa guy must have been, copying Stevefraser's thoughts.

Anonymous's picture

"People don't smile so much in Norway - we're not very friendly people".
What a funny statement by Magnus!

Serge's picture

True though I'm afraid.

anonymous's picture

They are apparently friendly with felons. There prison system is very touchy-feely.

anonymous's picture


Anonymous's picture

The fact that Carlsen disses his own people speaks volumes about his character and his inferiority complexes, not good traits for a future-to-be champ.

redivivo's picture

Or maybe it's a sign that he has a sense of humour?

anonymous's picture

"a future-to-be champ."? Sure if they turn the world championship into a double- round robin. However rather or not he could do as well in a top-level match as he does in tourneys is an open question. i.e. Kramnik beat Kasparov in a match but Kasparov was usually better in tournaments.

Anonymous's picture

Apart from Aronian there will hardly be any other formidable opponent after, let's say, five years. Kramnik's and Anand's play is already on the downslope. And future potential opponents like Karjakin, Caruana, Giri are simply not on the same league.

KingTal's picture

Caruana is rising like a rocket at moment and he is just 19. Who knows what will be in five years.

test's picture

Was that the first time Carlsen played a blind simul?
Are there scores of the games?

lefier's picture

He should really use that smile more often, - he is actually good at it.

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