Singapore’s chess enthusiasts got to see World chess champion Magnus Carlsen in action in the country over the weekend when he played 16 simultaneous games, winning all of them.
I was not aware of it until I read a report about it in The Straits Times today. It is a newspaper that does not cover chess in its sports pages. But, today, it did!
Worse, it hardly reports on even big chess tournaments, missing the recent World Cup in which Carlsen lost in the third round to a Grandmaster from China.
Five-time world champion V Anand had also played simultaneous games against 50 young players in March this year. He had won 48 of them, losing two.
I missed that too, I will blame that also on the poor media coverage.
G Joslin Vethakumar