New York’s World Chess Championships begins today, and will be the first sporting event to be broadcast over virtual reality, through the championships official website. And the person everyone will be watching?
Magnus Carlsen.

Magnus Carlsen, described as the ‘Mozart of Chess’, became something of a child-prodigy when he took the title of Chess Championship Grandmaster at the age of thirteen. By the age of twenty-five, Magnus had become Two-Time World Champion and counts among his many victories checkmating Bill Gates in nine moves and simultaneously defeating ten Harvard professors… whilst blindfolded.

On the 25th of November, Magnus returns to defend his title from Russian Chess Grandmaster Sergey Karjakin. To coincide with this epic chess battle, MAGNUS, a film by Benjamin Ree that sheds light on the extraordinary character and mind of Magnus, will debut in cinemas:

MAGNUS is the incredible story of a boy, who went from being bullied by his classmates to become the World Chess Champion. For a decade the filmmakers have captured the decisive moments of Magnus Carlsen’s life, one of the world’s most intelligent people, and achieved over 500 hours of footage. In 2004, when Magnus was 13 years old he made a decision: He would become the World Chess Champion. The coming of age story unfolds as we follow the prodigy battling his way through the ranks of chess, with personal sacrifices, special friendships and a caring family. MAGNUS is a character driven drama that is bound to engage the non-chess players, as well as the over 600 million people who play chess all over the world.’

MAGNUS is out in cinemas on November 25th.


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