Rapid Interview with Jonathan Levitt

by Arne Kaehler
12/6/2020 – In "Rapid Interview" I talk with personalities of chess, in the course of us playing a rapid game. Grandmaster Jonathan Levitt is my first victim, and it turns out not being so easy to answer all questions confidently, while facing the Albin's Countergambit. Levitt has done a lot for chess in the 80s and 90s, reaching his Grandmaster title in 1994. He wrote chess books, invented tricky chess puzzles, and coached successfully. Why did he suddenly stop playing chess? And how come he wrote a brand-new book? This, and other questions will be answered in the Rapid Interview.

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Rapid Interview with Jonathan Levitt

Interviewer and guest face each other in an epic rapid chess battle. The chess guest has to not only face the questions by the interviewee, but also concentrate on the chess game simultaneously. This leads to interesting answers, and chess positions at times.

Keep in mind, this is only a "club player" level from my part. Don't expect too fabulous games.

  • 0:00 - Intro
  • 1:35 - Who are you?
  • 4:33 - Why did you stop playing chess?
  • 5:22 - What does cricket have to do with this?
  • 6:35 - What is the Clarendon Court Opening?
  • 8:32 - What books have you written?
  • 9:49 - The chess game is getting a bit spicy!
  • 11:30 - You have written a new book called "Contemplating Comedy"!
  • 14:10 - Is anything chess related in the new book?
  • 15:55 - The Queens are going off the board
  • 18:40 - What are your plans for the future?
  • 19:49 - White is plotting to win a piece
  • 23:16 - Any plan to have a chess comeback?

How did this interview work on Playchess?

You probably have noticed at the beginning of the video that Jonathan and I are using the video & audio option of playchess.com for having this interview.

You can do the same thing as a premium member with a friend, family or strangers from all around the world, to have a nice game of chess, while seeing, and talking to each other. A great alternative, if you are missing the direct connection of an overboard chess game.

Have a look at the video and tutorial of how to arrange a virtual club evening.

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Arne Kaehler, a creative mind who is passionate about board games in general, was born in Hamburg and learned to play chess at a young age. By teaching chess to youth teams and creating chess-related videos on YouTube, Arne was able to expand this passion and has even created an online course for anyone who wants to learn how to play chess. Arne writes for the English and German news sites, but focuses mainly on content for the ChessBase media channels.


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