Carlsen, Giri Battle Racism With Game Where Black Moves 1st

Friday, 22 Mar 2019 Coach Steve No Comments

Top grandmasters Magnus Carlsen of Norway and Anish Giri of the Netherlands today joined forces in a video posted on Carlsen’s Twitter account as part of a United Nations campaign against racism. For once, they broke the rule in chess that White begins.

It all started on Tuesday evening with a slightly mysterious tweet and Facebook post from Carlsen. The world’s number-one chess player appears together with world number-four Giri, in front of a dark background that some insiders might have recognized as The Good Knight chess pub in Oslo, where the video was recorded on Tuesday.

Carlsen: “We broke a rule in chess today.”
Giri: “To change minds tomorrow.”

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