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Take on the world chess champion

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 01:15

Feb. 26 - Norwegian World Chess Champion, Magnus Carlsen is challenging people to a game of chess with a new mobile phone app. Tara Cleary reports.

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At 23-years-old, Magnus Carlsen is the second youngest - and the reigning - world chess champion. The Norwegian has been a grandmaster since age 13 and now he's created a new app that allows users to play him at the different levels he's attained since the age of five. SOUNDBITE: Magnus Carlsen, World Chess Champion, saying (English): "It's based on hundred thousands of different positions from my games - both classical games, rapid games and blitz games - from when I was very young." Carlsen hopes the app will not only improve children's chess skills but also their school grades. SOUNDBITE: Magnus Carlsen, World Chess Champion, saying (English): "Studies have shown that kids who play chess in school at an early age - hopefully people who play chess on this app - they're going to have a lot of fun and hopefully do better in maths, in science." And can the app help find his next opponent? SOUNDBITE: Magnus Carlsen, World Chess Champion, saying (English): "I really hope it won't create anyone who is better than me. Because I don't want that." Something Carlsen probably can't be too sure of.

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Take on the world chess champion

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 01:15