Candidates Storytellers (2) - Leontxo Garcia

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4/7/2021 – Leontxo Garcia is a Spanish lecturer, presenter, commentator and one of the best and most famous chess journalists in the world. Leontxo also is Eric van Reem's guest in episode 27 of Eric's "Lets-Talk-About-Chess" podcast, where he shares funny and interesting stories about the Candidates, e.g. how he fled from Yekaterinburg at the Candidates 2020 though still officially quarantined. | Photo: Vishy Anand, Leontxo Garcia, Magnus Carlsen (Bilbao 2012)

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In episode 27 of the podcast, which is another special "Candidates Storytellers" episode, Eric talks to Leontxo Garcia Olasagasti (1956). 

Tireless chess propagandist, Leontxo promotes the teaching of this game to both children (in Spanish schools and abroad and adults. "Regular chess exercise improves brain aging and may even be useful in preventing Alzheimer's and other senile dementias", he says. 

Leontxo Garcia was awarded a medal for sporting achievements in Spain, he is included in FIDE’s Golden Book for his services to chess, he was given an award by the University of Oviedo for exceptional efforts in promoting culture and he was recognised with a national chess award. 

Today, Leontxo Garcia remains one of the leading chess journalists in Europe, who attends all the major contemporary competitions. “Chess is a golden mine practically unexplored by the press!” the famous observer likes to remark. And: he is one of the nicest persons in the chess business.

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