World Chess Posts

Carlsen falls asleep while more fans wake up to Chess

Spare a thought for chess prodigy Magnus Carlsen, who was embarrassed on a pretty global scale recently at the ongoing World Chess Championship in Sochi, despite eventually retaining his world title.

The Norwegian chess grandmaster was seemingly so engaged in his recent match against Vishy Anand that he actually fell asleep in front of the cameras – much to the amusement of social media commentators everywhere.

Carlsen told fans after the game that he “wasn’t in the best of shape,” but, despite his brief moment of apparent narcolepsy, still managed to draw in Game 8 of the championship. While some could maintain that Carlsen’s cranial muscles were working too hard, others could argue that he’d perhaps become so bored of the game that he took the chance for 40 winks.


This isn’t the case, however, for the ever-growing chess trend that is currently developing around the world. While some argue that chess is dwindling in popularity, it’s actually proven to be gaining followers around the globe, particularly in India. Doubtless Vishy Anand will have had his part in the Indian following, and his grandmaster status, plus engaging attitude with fans, has been praised by representatives at the All India Chess Federation.

Speaking in reference to Anand, the All India Chess Federation’s Bharat Singh said: “The game has really grown in the past six or seven years particularly.”

But it’s not just taken off in developing countries. Over in the United States, the game is set to regain its cult status thanks to developments in Hollywood. Pawn Sacrifice, set to hit screens in spring 2015, will see Tobey Maguire stepping into the role of former chess champion Bobby Fischer.

The movie has yet to hit theatres but has already been given a healthy IMDB rating of 8.1, doubtless giving its viewers incentive to give chess a try.

Maguire has made a name for himself starring in sporting movies such as Seabiscuit, promoting a sport which has doubtless caused a flurry of betting. Sports betting has grown exponentially in recent years, and if his upcoming movie is as successful, we could indeed see an influx of bets on chess championships. The Coral mobile app, for example, was taking bets on the recent World Championship Matches this month.

Whether it’s in the movies, on television or in the betting markets, there is no doubting that chess is putting itself on the map once again as the on-trend game for children and adults everywhere. As a mentally demanding and hugely thrilling sport, it’s certainly been a long time coming.

The Regency Chess Open at London Excel ( Enter Now )

Not long left now until the Regency Chess Open starts at the London Excel next Week.

The winners of our competition, The Weekend Congress at 3pm on Friday 21 November, will win a Luxury Chess Set

Here is the Sign up Link with Mind Sports International

Good Luck !!

The Chess World Championship

The second battle between Magnus Carlsen and Viswanathan Anand for the World Championship of Chess is all set to begin again!!

Our World Championsip Chess Sets have been flying out the door in the last months, as chess lovers grab hold of a chess set worthy of these two great champions.

With Christmas coming up the WCC Set is a nifty little gift for any discernible player, particularly if they fancy themselves as a future great !

The traditional Staunton design is given a chunkier makeover, adding a fantastic weight and practicality to the classic shape.

However, these sets are quickly running out and the chance to grab will be gone in the not too far distant future.

If you fancy taking a closer look then just click on this link or give us a call in Somerset at 01373 469741 !

Chess in Norway Explodes in Popularity Following Magnus Carlsen World Champion Crowning

leeewosNorway is a country that has long been known for their prowess in winter sports, but the European nation has experienced little success in the world of competitive chess; until recently that is.  With the famous win in the World Chess Championship by Magnus Carlsen last month, the game has blossomed in popularity throughout the Scandinavian country, as their 23-year-old chess prodigy has finally claimed the ultimate title in the game, and is poised to dominate the sport for the foreseeable future.


Magnus Carlsen Dominates Sinquefield Cup

The newest chess star: Magnus Carlsen – (Photo:

22-year old chess sensation from Norway, Magnus Carlsen, made it look easy at the first ever Sinquefield Cup in St. Louis, Missouri last weekend.  Looking to achieve a confidence boost ahead of his World Championship matchup versus India’s undisputed world champion, Viswanathan Anand in November, Carlsen achieved his goal.  Additionally, he collected a stunning $70,000 cash prize!

Magnus Carlsen is the top ranked chess player in the world, and has seen his current rating bump up to 2870, which is just 2 points shy of his personal best and world record mark of 2872.  Bringing as much excitement to competitive chess as the great Bobby Fischer did nearly 50 years ago, Carlsen has been a great new face to the sport and now looks to be on the brink of claiming his first chess World Championship.