Carlsen on 60 Minutes


Carlsen on US TV news magazine 60 minutes

Sunday 19th February 2012


Magnus Carlsen appeared on the prestigious news show "60 Minutes" which has run on CBS since 1968. Reporter Bob Simon profiled Carlsen in a segment that appeared Sunday February 19th 2012.


You can now see this interview and much additional material. There is footage of Carlsen in Norway and playing at the London Chess Classic alongside the interview.


The following is a script from "Mozart of Chess" which aired on Feb. 19, 2012. Bob Simon is the correspondent. Michael Gavshon and Drew Magratten, producers.



Magnus Carlsen is the best in the world. He is a 21-year-old Norwegian, reigns supreme in a sport played by 500 million people. It is chess. Many don't think of it as a sport because nobody moves, but chess masters will tell you it can be more brutal than boxing.


That's because at the championship level, the objective is not only to win, but to demolish your opponent. That can take hours, the best players need extraordinary most of them are young. Magnus is the youngest number one ever.


And no one can explain to you how he does what he does. It seems to come from another world, which is why he has become known as the Mozart of chess.


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Bobby Fischer on 60 Minutes

In anticipation of the Carlsen presentation, on Sunday 19th Feb, CBS streamed a "60 Minutes Rewind" of a report produced in 1972, on the then, upcoming match between Boris Spassky and challenger Bobby Fischer.














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