Magnus Carlsen

  • Aired:  04/24/12
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The world's third youngest Chess Grand Master Magnus Carlsen discusses game strategy and stardom. (5:32)

[CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]

WELCOME BACK, EVERYBODY.

THANK YOU.

MY GUEST TONIGHT IS CURRENTLY THE NUMBER-ONE RANKED CHESS PLAYER IN THE WORLD.

I'M GOING TO ASK HIM WHAT THE LITTLE HORSIE DOES.

PLEASE WELCOME MAGNUS CARLSEN.

[CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]

MAGNUS, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR COMING ON.

HONOR TO MEET YOU.

MAGNUS CARLSEN, WE ARE NOT SO DIFFERENT, YOU AND I.

[LAUGHTER]

>> NO.

>> Stephen: WE ARE BOTH GENIUSES, NUMBER ONE IN OUR FIELD AND BOTH VERY YOUNG.

[LAUGHTER]

>> I CAN SEE THAT.

>> Stephen: NOW, YOU ARE THE THIRD YOUNGEST GRAND MASTER OF ALL TIME.

AND YOU WERE THE YOUNGEST, AGE 19, THE YOUNGEST NUMBER-ONE RANKED CHESS PLAYER IN THE WORLD.

[CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]

HOLD WERE YOU WHEN YOU STARTED PLAYING?

>> I WAS ABOUT EIGHT.

>> Stephen: EIGHT YEARS OLD.

AND BY THE TIME YOU WERE 13, YOU WERE A GRAND MASTER.

WHAT WAS THE AFFINITY YOU HAD FOR CHESS FROM THE BEGINNING?

>> I DON'T KNOW.

I JUST STARTED PLAYING, AND I...

WELL, I LIKED THE GAME, SO I STARTED STUDYING A LOT.

>> Stephen: BUT A LOT OF PEOPLE LIKE THE GAME.

WHAT DO YOU SEE WHEN YOU LOOK AT A CHESSBOARD?

ARE YOU SEEING LIKE LITTLE WOODEN PIECES ON A BOARD, OR ARE YOU SEEING SOME SORT OF

FOURTH-DIMENSIONAL GAME?

DO THE PIECES TURN TO YOU AND SAY, "MOVE ME, MAGNUS?" DO YOU SEE THE BOARD DIFFERENTLY

THAN A NORMAL, AVERAGE,

NOT-GENIUS?

>> NOT REALLY.

I JUST SEE THE BOARD, THE PIECES, EVERYTHING, AND THEN OBVIOUSLY I THINK OF PATTERNS,

WHAT TO DO NEXT AND SO ON, BUT I MEAN, THE PIECES IN GENERAL,

THERE... THEY ARE JUST TOOLS FOR ME.

>> Stephen: SO THEY DON'T TALK TO YOU?

>> NO.

>> Stephen: NOT TOO MUCH?

>> NOT TOO MUCH, NO.

>> Stephen: YOU'RE NOT JUST A CHESS PLAYER.

YOU'VE ALSO DONE LATE BIT OF MODELING.

DO WE HAVE THOSE PHOTOGRAPHS HERE OF SOME OF THE MODELING THAT YOU'VE DONE?

[AUDIENCE REACTS]

WE'VE GOT ANOTHER ONE UP HERE.

THAT IS... THAT IS... THAT MIGHT BE THE SEXIEST CHESS PLAYER I'VE EVER SEEN.

[APPLAUSE]

SO NOW IN EUROPE, IN EUROPE WHERE THEY LOVE THE CHESS,

YOU'RE A SUPERSTAR, RIGHT?

>> YEAH, ESPECIALLY IN NORWAY.

>> Stephen: NORWAY.

YOU GOT TWO BIG SPORTS, CHESS AND, UH, UH SADNESS.

[LAUGHTER]

IT'S AN INDOOR SPORT, CHESS.

DOES THAT HELP IN NORWAY SINCE YOU HAVE THE LONG WINTERS?

>> YEAH, PROBABLY.

I GUESS IN NORWAY WHEN IT'S COLD AND DARK OUTSIDE, PEOPLE NEED SOMETHING SORT OF...

>> Stephen: DO YOU HAVE ANY SPECIAL MOVES?

DO YOU PSYCH OUT YOUR OPPONENT?

LIKE DO YOU GET UP AND WALK AROUND?

>> I DO SOMETIMES.

>> DOES THAT PSYCH OUT YOUR OPPONENT?

>> NO, IT'S USUALLY BECAUSE I'M BORED.

>> Stephen: REALLY?

YOU'RE SO GOOD THAT YOU'RE MOSTLY BORED IN COMPETITION.

WHEN YOU WIN, DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL MOVE?

DO YOU SPIKE THE BISHOP AND GO,

"HOW YOU LIKE ME NOW?"

>> NO, NOT REALLY.

I JUST... I TRY TO BE RESPECTFUL TO MY OPPONENTS.

>> Stephen: WHAT DO YOU THINK OF BOBBY FISHER?

HE WAS OUR GREAT CHAMPION.

HE WENT THE CRAZY IS.

THERE A FEAR THAT THAT WOULD HAPPEN, THAT YOU THINK ABOUT CHESS TOO MUCH AND YOU WILL LOSE

YOUR MIND?

>> NO.

I MEAN...

>> Stephen: REALLY?

DO YOU LIKE FISHER?

>> ABSOLUTELY.

HE'S ONE OF THE GREATEST PLAYERS OF ALL TIME.

AND IT'S IMPOSSIBLE NOT TO LIKE HIS CHESS... I MEAN, YOU CAN SAY

WHATEVER YOU WANT ABOUT HIM AS A PERSON, BUT AS A CHESS PLAYER,

YOU KNOW, I CANNOT HELP BUT ADMIRE HIM GREATLY.

>>

>> Stephen: ANY TIME I HAVE A GUEST WHO IS A COMPETITOR, I DON'T LET THEM LEAVE THIS

BUILDING WITHOUT COMPETING WITH THEM.

>> SURE.

>> Stephen: I'M A GRAND MASTER OF MY OWN.

I AM THE SECOND YOUNGEST GRAND MASTER OF ROCK PAPER SCISSORS OF ALL TIME.

WOULD YOU PLAY ME BEST 2 OUT OF 3?

>> OF COURSE.

>> Stephen: OKAY.

ALL RIGHT.

LET'S BE CLEAR.

LET'S BE CLEAR.

IT'S ONE, TWO, THREE, SHOOT.

YOU DON'T SHOOT ON THREE, ONE,

TWO, THREE, AND THEN YOU SHOOT.

>> I DON'T HAVE TO SAY SHOOT,

RIGHT?

>> Stephen: I'LL SAY "SHOOT." READY?

>> YES.

>> Stephen: HOW ARE YOU STRATEGIZING?

BECAUSE I GOT A STRATEGY ALREADY.

I'M SEEING 20 STEPS AHEAD.

AND THERE IS ONLY ONE STEP.

>> FOR ME IT'S 100% RANDOM.

>> Stephen: SEE, YOU HAVE NO OPENING.

>> YES.

>> Stephen: ALL RIGHT.

ONE, TWO, THREE, SHOOT.

ONE, TWO, THREE, SHOOT.

[BLEEPED] OKAY.

TWO OUT OF THREE.

TWO OUT OF THREE.

TWO OUT OF THREE.

READY?

ONE, TWO, THREE, SHOOT.

[BLEEPED]

[CHEERING AND APPLAUSE]

MAGNUS CARLSEN, THANK YOU SO MUCH.

THE NEW GRAND MASTER OF ROCK,

PAPER SCISSORS, MAGNUS CARLSEN.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

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