Chess shorts: Anna vs. Astronaut

by ChessBase
9/21/2017 – Films that is! The first in a series of short posts on short films about chess that have come our way from various corners of the world. This one is a bit of a tribute film, and very short indeed — less than four minutes — but featuring an unlikely pair of contestants simply spreading their own joy of playing "the best game in the world".

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Whiz-kid takes on spaceman

Meet Anna...

Anna Cramling Bellon is only 15 years old but has already competed on the Swedish team in the Chess Olympiad and has travelled as a player all over the world. That's perhaps not surprising considering she is the daughter of GM Pia Cramling, who was the third woman to earn the FIDE Grandmaster title in tournament play, and Spanish GM Juan Manuel Bellon — quite a chess pedigree!

In the film below, Anna speaks about why chess is so much fun and why it is better than all other games.

Pia and Anna Cramling

Pia and six-year-old Anna Cramling Bellon at the 2008 Chess Olympiad in Dresden | Photo: Macauley Peterson

Meet Astronaut...

Christer Fuglesang is associate professor at the Royal Institute of Technology, and he is also an astronaut. He loves chess and together with Swedish grandmaster Jesper Hall he wrote a book about chess for children called "Schackjakten".

In the film he speaks about why chess makes you smart and what it was like to play chess in space.

Christer Fuglesang

Christer Fuglesang with his velcro chess set "sitting in a tin can far above the world..." | Photo: Christer Fuglesang

Fri Tanke proudly presents:

"A film about chess" directed by Jonatan Permert

Anna will be at the Swedish bookfair — "Scandinavia's largest cultural event" — in Gothenburg, September 29th to 30th in Fri Tanke's exhibition booth (B03:22).

Challenge her and win a free book...if you can beat her!

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