Saturday, March 30, 2013

RIP Malcolm Tredinnick

I am just utterly, utterly shocked. One of the first people I ever knew in Australian chess, Malcolm Tredinnick, has passed away. It was at the 1996 Australian Chess Championships in Sydney that I first ran into Malcolm. He had always worn a bearded face and I actually thought that he was GM Ian Rogers (before I had met Ian, of course).

Malcolm was on Twitter. His last tweet was on 16 March. He tweeted: "Woke up late, afternoon nap and I still want to go to bed early. So tired; wasted the day."

Monday, March 25, 2013

BBC iPlayer: A Profile of Magnus Carlsen

Magnus Carlsen is getting quite a bit of publicity lately.

About a week ago The Independent dubbed him the Justin Bieber of Chess. I don't know about that. Bieber is an over-rated prick who now thinks that he's a man who can take on big boofy papparazi in a fist fight. Of course, there is nothing over-rated about Magnus.

And now this: a profile of Carlsen, available via the BBC's iPlayer.