Mozart of Chess – Magnus Carlsen on CBS 60 Minutes

2/20/2012 – When has chess last received this kind of world-wide exposure? CBS's famous 60 Minutes program last night aired some extraordinary HD footage, shot during the London Chess Festival, on the world's strongest grandmaster. Magnus comes across as likeable, focused and disarmingly honest. Watch the full 13-minute segment and some interesting bonus material CBS has placed at our disposal.

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Mozart of Chess: Magnus Carlsen

The CBS 60 Minutes segment as aired on Sunday night to a US and world-wide audience. We strongly advocate switching to full-screen mode by clicking on the icon shown on the right. After that you can lean back and watch the report in full HD, and enjoy the extraordinary quality of these 60 Minutes reports.

The 60 Minutes team with Bob Simon spent almost a week in London at the Chess Classic. They set up a studio above a pizza shop next door and filmed a lot of interviews with people attending the LCC. Of course they could only use tiny bits of the footage in the main segment, but they put some of the material into their 60 Minutes Overtime segment and kindly sent us the following embeds. Once again, maximize to full HD to get full enjoyment of the video.


More of Bob Simon chatting with Magnus Carlsen


Very nice: Bob takes Magnus up into the London Eye, Magnus does not look down!


Will Magnus be recognised walking through the main street in Oslo?


Interview with ChessBase's Frederic Friedel, who was grilled by Bob Simon in London


A compelling segment with GM Daniel King, author of some of our best training DVDs


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