Magnus Carlsen Playing Chess Hustlers in Washington Square Park

Norwegian grandmaster and world champion Magnus Carlsen was in New York and went to watch the old guys playing chess in the park. One of them beat his manager pretty badly, so Carlsen sat down and proceeded to checkmate in ten moves. The old guys play so many people they don’t look too closely at them, so it was a surprise.

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But that’s only the beginning of what’s going on in this video. Liv Tyler is there, not saying anything until the end. There’s a guy with unbelievable teeth. And a squirrel gives us a priceless photobomb. Just another day in Washington Square Park. -via reddit


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I don't think age is as important in chess as it is in basketball. LeBron James could go to any playground and beat a team of 20-somethings. That would be closer to this scenario.

Also, I would hope these guys are way older than 50, speaking as someone who is way older than 50.
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If Lebron James goes to a NY basketball court and destroys 50 year olds in a pick up game, is it any different? Magnus Carlsen is the World #1. He is the spiritual successor to Gary Kasparov. Beating the old geezer in ten moves, it shows the disparity in skill.
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