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Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 09 April 2014
By GM Daniel Gormally, England.
Best rating: FIDE 2573

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Your move!

1. If you could get one chess player to play a game for your life, who would it be? (like in Bergman's The Seventh Seal)

2. Who is the hottest female in chess?

3. How many lives would it take you take you to watch the entire content of Youtube? (a bit like the auto-didact in Satre's Le Nausee, except for the internet generation.)

4. How many lives to read the entire content of Amazon's back catalogue? (see above.)

5. What is your favourite chess game of all time? (Viswanathan Anand was once asked this question and replied "Gormally-Sutovsky was a lot of fun." I was on the losing side.)

6. What do you think the population of the world will be in thousand years time?

7. And do you think chess will be solved by that point?

8. Who do you think will be world chess champion in ten years?

9. Do you think nuclear war will happen in the foreseeable future?

10. Who would win a match between Garry Kasparov and Magnus Carlsen?

11. Who is the greatest chess player of all time?

12. And who is the greatest athlete in any sports?

13. If you could be given a glimpse of what the world would look like in a million years time, but to do so would mean ten years taken off your life, would you take it?

That's all the questions I can think of for now...
Originally published in GM Danny Gormally's blog

Other posts by GM Danny Gormally:
Anand did well to qualify, but he won't win the rematch
World Chess Championship Candidates Starts Tomorrow
Players who have quit, or you never hear about anymore
Could you work as hard on chess as Kramnik?
Bobby Fischer vs. Hikaru Nakamura: Theoretical Match-up
Interesting thoughts of Anand in defeat
London Chess Classic Preview
Losing your motivation
Playing blitz chess online & all the computer cheats
Anand-Carlsen borefest continues
Magnus, is this all he has?
A clash of kings
Do we overrate ourselves?
Computers and their all-pervading influence on modern chess
From Russia with love
The England Chess Team & Jack Wilshire
Should the grandmaster title be scrapped?
ECF Book of the Year?
Is being a chess pro worth it - continued?
Is being a chess pro worth it?
An Elitist Game?
Does hard work in chess pay off?
World Cup Final preview
World Chess Cup Semi-Final preview
World Chess Cup Quarter-Final preview
World Chess Cup 1/8-final preview
Why are Russians so good at chess?
British Champs-2013
Ghent and now the British
I'll never be fat again!
Lessons learnt!
The sad case of Borislav Ivanov: Part II
Does Anyone Have a Cure for Anger Problems?
The Depth of Chess
Fundraising in chess
Nurturing a Chess Prodigy
The Sad Case of Borislav Ivanov
4NCL Impressions: no country for old men - Part II
4NCL Impressions: no country for old men
One move, one line - Part II
One move, one line
Candidates Final Review & Preview of Upcoming World Championship Match
Would Carlsen have beaten Capablanca?

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Comments (3)
1. Written by This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it on 17:28 09 2014 .
1. Kasparov 
2. Nastia Karlovich 
3 & 4. ? 
5. Byrne-Fischer maybe 
6. 0 
7. no 
8. Anish Giri 
9. no 
10. both at their peak? Kasparov. 
11. Kasparov 
12. dunno 
13. yes
2. Written by This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it on 18:42 09 2014 .
1. Peter Svidler 
2. Tatiana Kosintseva 
3. 1000 maybe even skipping all those contents I'm not interested in 
4. None because I wouldn't do that 
5. My first game in my first rated tournament 
6. Extinct 
7. No 
8. Some guys that now is 12 years old 
9. No 
10. Garry Kasparov 
11. Hard to compare players through different eras 
12. Sergey Bubka 
13. No
3. Written by Peter on 19:00 09 2014 .
1. Magnus Carlsen/Houdini 4 (if AI is allowed). 
2. Natalia Pogonina. 
3. I've seen an estimate somewhere (over 320,000 lifetimes). Don't care enough to check. 
4. Depends on who is reading ;-) 
5. I don't have one. Also, my preferences change over time & when I become better in chess.  
6. Zero. 
7. No. 
8. Magnus Carlsen has the best chance atm, but there will be so many competitors that the odds of him remaining WC by that time are rather low. Pure Math. 
9. Maybe, but I hope it won't.  
10. If we use a time machine and teleport Carlsen to the era when Kasparov was at his prime? Magnus would win: so far each generation is stronger than the previous one. 
11. I guess Bobby Fischer, although it's a pity that he retired early and didn't live up to the incredible standards he has set for himself. 
12. I know too little about most of the sports to try to choose. 
13. Definitely not. What would I do with this useless knowledge? And each of us isn't event granted 10 years of life ahead. What if someone chooses "yes" and finds out that he should have been dead a few years by now? :)

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