Monday, May 25, 2009
World Chess News
You will have to check out "World Chess News," hosted by three lovely Swedish sisters, and ask yourself how you could have missed it for the five years it has been airing! Of course, only the past six episodes have been available in both Swedish and English, but previous episodes have English subtitles. The banter is no more silly than standard news programs and the most recent episode (#252), which features coverage of Nakamura's US Championship victory, is very professionally produced. I also recommend their "Opening School" episodes, which cover the type of openings of interest to club players.
According to their website, the program (which airs on Swedish TV and the internet) is completely produced by a single family: "The WCN team consists of five siblings from Stockholm, Sweden, currently in the ages between 21 and 14. Adriana, Antonia and Amelia Krzymowska (21-17) and Alfred and Albert Krzymowski (16 and 14) created the idea and concept of the show. / Seizing the opportunities of their generation; with advanced computers, the Internet and digital cameras, they learned all of the technical and editorial aspects of producing a news show, and have done that ever since (They write the scripts, set the lights, adjust the sound, record the shows, edit the material, air and market WCN)." This impressive achievement predicts great future success for all of them! Because you are likely curious, Alfred has a 2069 ELO and Adriana an 1860 ELO.
Hat tip to Pete Tamburro.