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  • - Hi, I'm Magnus Carlsen from Norway.

  • I'm the World Chess Champion.

  • I've been that since 2013.

  • I watched "The Queen's Gambit" with great interest

  • and I'm here to take you through some of the clips

  • and some of the chess from the series.

  • The chess stuff is incredibly well done.

  • It's also a captivating series in general.

  • Just by the fact that I was watching it with my girlfriend

  • who doesn't actually play chess,

  • and she found it so captivating.

  • And she was the one who was sort of pushing for us

  • to binge it rather than I was,

  • and she doesn't play chess, so.

  • (dramatic music)

  • I don't have that particular memory

  • of buying a chess board when I was little.

  • The one instance that I do remember of buying a chess board

  • about two and a half years ago where I simply realized

  • that I don't have a chess board at home (laughs),

  • and so what I did is

  • that I just went down

  • to the local billiards shop,

  • which was about 200 meters from where I lived in Oslo

  • and I bought some chess board that they had there,

  • and they were obviously pretty surprised that I needed that.

  • - Are you sure you want to do this?

  • - I'm sure.

  • - We don't have a women's section.

  • - [Magnus] Especially in places where there haven't been

  • too much history of women playing chess.

  • There is certainly a tendency

  • for women not to feel all that welcome,

  • and it's been male dominated

  • for so long,

  • and I think a lot of men like to keep it that way.

  • Girls are just excited about chess

  • and just as good at chess as boys.

  • The imbalance comes partly comes a bit later

  • and it's probably also more of a case

  • of parents pushing boys

  • more into chess

  • than maybe parents of girls they don't want

  • to push them into chess because they think that

  • this will not be an environment

  • that is good for their child.

  • So, I think there is definitely a lot to work on there,

  • but I think that in principle

  • their sort of the preconditions should be very equal,

  • but unfortunately it has not happened that way at all.

  • I understand the sort of skepticism

  • in that you can't just waltz in,

  • tell'em you never played a rated game,

  • you don't have any rating

  • and your expected to beat them all,

  • like male or female

  • that would sound ludicrous coming from anyone?

  • Yeah, I think telling her there's no women's section

  • is uncalled for it's like your here

  • you should be treated like anybody.

  • (soft piano music)

  • This is definitely the case for most tournaments

  • still that they're held in fairly low-profile locations.

  • I think chess definitely has a way to go there

  • in the way it's being presented.

  • - Highest rated players in the whole (beep) country,

  • and yet here we are in some second rank university playing

  • on cheap plastic boards with cheap plastic pieces.

  • - Certainly I sort of new world has opened up

  • in terms of

  • online series, online chess.

  • The only thing I would be worried

  • about long-term is the future

  • of sort of classical chess.

  • The one that Beth Harman is playing,

  • and that has been considered the most prestigious,

  • where you play games over several hours,

  • because online people don't really practice

  • for these very long games.

  • So longterm, we might be

  • sort of raising a generation

  • of players who are much more used

  • to playing speed chess than the slower chess,

  • and for the future of the game,

  • I'm not quite sure how

  • that will pan out,

  • but I think overall chess has done well

  • in these very difficult circumstances that have been.

  • [Magnus] I cannot stress that enough

  • that I love the way that she respects the game.

  • She never stops studying.

  • She never stops learning.

  • She never stopped thinking that she can do better.

  • I'm somebody who has never been great

  • at dealing with defeats.

  • If you take a survey of the best player

  • to ask them who the worst loser is,

  • my name is going to come up (laughs)

  • From my own experience, along the time of my career,

  • there definitely have been opponents

  • that I struggled with,

  • and I would say that the best example is Anand,

  • who used to be World Champion between 2007 and 2013.

  • So, when I started out playing at the top level,

  • I struggled a lot against him.

  • It's very, very relatable.

  • The despair she feels towards the end of the game,

  • where, you know, you've been outplayed.

  • You know, there are no chances.

  • You're just desperately

  • looking for something, anything, any chance

  • that you can possibly find.

  • Whenever you lose, like,

  • you start questioning

  • everything, basically.

  • It's really so unpleasant,

  • it's such an unpleasant feeling

  • to lose, especially like, if you feel like you

  • made mistakes that you could have avoided.

  • For me personally, I just try to channel

  • that anger into the next game.

  • I do like the fact for her that losing is not normal.

  • It's not something that just happens,

  • like you accepted it then you move on,

  • when you lose, you have to make sure

  • that it doesn't happen again,

  • because it's an awful feeling,

  • and the motivation has to be,

  • to avoid feeling that again.

  • - Don't tell!

  • - [Magnus] Mr. Schaibel was certainly an important mentor,

  • but most of all,

  • I think he was just encouraging her

  • to study and that

  • she would be the best teacher herself.

  • My father taught me the rules,

  • and as I progressed,

  • he certainly taught me a bit.

  • Although still mostly I was studying on my own,

  • but later on, we were at the tournament

  • and we were going through one of my games

  • and my father made a comment

  • about one of my moves,

  • he suggested something else instead.

  • And one experienced player there

  • he was just passing by,

  • he just told my father

  • that what he was teaching me was wrong.

  • My father was kind of spooked by this, and after that,

  • he pretty much just left it all up to me.

  • He felt that it was much better

  • that I figured it out on my own,

  • then he will give me poor advice.

  • - The truth of it child,

  • your astounding.

  • - I hope you guys enjoyed the clips,

  • and me talking about it.

  • Hopefully you are more ready now than ever

  • to go out beating your friends,

  • or whoever you are playing at chess.

  • So take care and enjoy the game.

- Hi, I'm Magnus Carlsen from Norway.

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