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Magnus Carlsen: growing up as a new age child, becoming a world champion


Last Saturday the 3Doc Magnus was broadcast on television. A documentary about Magnus Carlsen, known worldwide as the ‘Mozart of chess’. With 10 years of film material and private images, the filmmakers take you into the impressive spirit of this modern chess genius. He became a grandmaster at the age of 13. At the age of 22, he beats reigning world champion Viswanathan (Vishy) Anand in 2013.

Anand is an Indian chess grandmaster. He won a world championship tournament in both 2000 and 2007. He successfully defended his title in 2008, 2010 and 2012. In 2013, he was defeated by Carlsen in his hometown of Chennai (India). Magnus Carlsen has been the reigning world champion since 2013.

Growing up as a child, becoming a champion

The documentary paints a nice picture of the family in which Carlsen grew up with statements from his father who indicates that he has seen and appreciated Magnus’s talent at a young age. The space that the young child is given to develop his talent and to focus on chess.

That he is more introverted and less outwardly in this way is not condemned, but welcomed with open arms. Also in later years it is the presence and support of his parents and sisters, which gives him something to hold on to and makes him relax during stressful moments.

Upgrading or developing talent?

Magnus’ focus in his upbringing has been on further developing his talent. What do you think is important for your child? Do you think it is important that your child develops and develops his or her own talents? Or do you think it is important to pay attention to and strengthen that which is not yet well developed? Much emphasis is placed on the latter in education.

We give children extra homework to brush up on certain subjects. Do children also get extra work or homework if they are good at something? And how do you do that at home? Do you let your child work extra hard if the homework at school was not finished? Or choose you choose to drop out of school and go home for relaxation. I’m curious about your opinion. Will you leave me a comment below?

The power of intuitive intelligence

Another ‘dilemma’ that is beautifully touched upon in this documentary directly touches Magnus’ talent. In many countries, children who are good at chess are trained for hours on a daily basis in the techniques and skills of this sport.

Magnus has deviated from that. Besides everything, he has also just remained a child with time to relax, play and do things that you would like to do as a child.

His opponent Anand has done just the opposite. He has sharpened his mind day in and day out, devising and playing out all possible tactics and strategies. He was approached by a manufacturer to help develop the first chess computer.

This computer will be adapted to Anand’s needs and standards, which will enable him to further develop and test his thinking skills. His mind has made an incredible amount of flying hours.

The loss of flow

Magnus Carlsen’s strength is the ease with which he can predict the impact his moves will have on the game. When at any point he loses this flow , this intuition, he loses not only the game, but also himself.

Also in the title fight against Anand he has to fight this battle with himself. His own place, his own game , his own intuitive way of playing, grow during the various matches for the championship. And eventually he finds himself and his own intuitive power, defeating Anand mercilessly.

New Age Child

Of course I don’t know Magnus personally and I can’t tell you more about him than I have seen and heard during this documentary. What touches me in his story is the ease and effortlessness with which he intuitively sees and knows what the best next steps are. To me that at least gives rise to the suspicion that he (consciously or unconsciously) has clairvoyant and clairvoyant abilities.

His intuitive approach sounds strongly to me as a visual thinker and is therefore at odds with Anand’s highly developed and trained logical thinking. For me, Magnus is a wonderful example of a child of the new age.


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