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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Play chess with World No. 1 Magnus Carlsen!

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Hi everyone,

A new web site, 1000 Passions, which offers people personal experiences is offering a two-hour game against the world No 1 Magnus Carlsen with commentary and analysis and a nice dinner. Also, Chess NYC chess shop and club is offering a whole week's chess camp with Carlsen. 

Play Chess With Grandmaster Magnus Carlsen, the click-through says and continues: If you’re a true chess enthusiast, we’ve got a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for you. 1000passions and Chess NYC invite you to play the most defining chess game of your life, as you pit yourself against the number-one ranked player in the world, Magnus Carlsen.

To say that Magnus is passionate about chess is almost an understatement. He’s been playing the game since he was five years old, becoming a grandmaster at the tender age of thirteen. Two years ago, at age nineteen, Magnus became the youngest chess player in history to be ranked World Number One.

In this exclusive experience, Magnus will share his passion for chess directly with you. You’ll have the chance to play a two-hour game together, with Magnus giving you his commentary and analysis all along the way. After the game, you’ll join Magnus for a private dinner where you can talk about all things chess, in a relaxed and more casual atmosphere. You’ll get a taste of what it’s like to be a world class player, hearing the stories that have defined his career.

This experience will take place in NYC during the week of August 20, 2012, with six dates available. Don’t miss this chance to play chess with the undisputed best in the world!

Price: $2,600 per person, for a private group of 1-4. You can register here.

A full chess camp with Magnus is being organised by the 40-year-old, 24 hour chess shop and club Chess NYC, located in the heart of Greenwich Village (230 Thompson St., New York, NY 10012):

A lucky group of young aspiring Chess Masters and game lovers will spend an entire week of camp with the world's #1 rated grandmaster Magnus Carlsen, a host of Special Guests and Chess NYC Professionals! At a convenient Manhattan Campus TBA. The week will include many special events and culminate with a day of tournament play. GM Magnus Carlsen had this to say about the upcoming excitement. "I am pleased to help support the Growth of Chess NYC, their impressive reach, exciting approach to chess instruction and emphasis on the love and fun of the game is getting global notice. I look forward to a long and strong alliance with the Chess NYC Team, Propper and Makofsky are truly on to something big".

"We are excited!" added Chess NYC President Russ Makofsky. "All of our programs have grown consistently year over year, but we chose the week of August 20th so everyone was out of school and adults could play hooky to be available for this special week of chess play, coaching and celebration tournament"

"We're making chess cool around here" continued Michael Propper, a principal in Chess NYC, "Thank goodness the #1 player on the planet is cool too! We wouldn't have it any other way! An entire, week of chess, hanging and playing with the worlds #1...WOW"

And the price?
Early Bird Special : $495 per week received by 12/1 2011
"Little too late" Early Bird Special : $595 per week received by 2/31 2011
After that: $695 regular price
Daily rate: $150

The first 25 weekly applicants play a match with GM Magnus Carlsen, receive an autographed score sheet and an Autographed photo with GM Magnus Carlsen. The 26th to 100th weekly applications will receive an autographed photo or an autographed chess board. You can register here.

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