World Chess Championship 2013 Viswanathan Anand vs Magnus Carlsen at Chennai Hyatt Regency: benjamin ree

advert by Google

Showing posts with label benjamin ree. Show all posts
Showing posts with label benjamin ree. Show all posts

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

60 Hours of Magnus Carlsen Footage Still Left for Next Part of Documentary, Lots Not Shown: Benjamin Ree

Posted by World Chess Championship 2013 News Blog Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Benjamin Ree (second from right) at work shooting the fantastic documentary on Magnus Carlsen (c) Benjamin Ree 

They truly needed super servers like those at VGTV to prevent a crash ever since the fantastic documentary, by Benjamin Ree on World Chess Championship Challenger Magnus Carlsen, went online yesterday. 

Ola E. Stenberg, managing editor, VGTV, (photo left) says in 24 hours the documentary on Magnus Carlsen had logged more than 200.000 views on VGTV :) ... and the views' counter continues to roll up like crazy.  You can watch the documentary right here on this page if the embed code works for you in India, or at the original link.

Documentary: Magnus Carlsen's Last Big Title

The complete video of Magnus Carlsen's Last Big Title (Copyright VGTV)

Prize-winning documentary filmmaker working for VGTV - specializing in web documentaries - Benjamin Ree has shown his work on Reuters TV, BBC, CNN, The Guardian, NRK, TV 2 og VGTV. He has directed several documentaries for The Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation. Here's a quick chat with the man who gave us this remarkable footage on the World No. 1.

Q: When and how did this documentary idea come up

Benjamin Ree: I have always been fascinated by Magnus Carlsen and how his brain works while playing chess. When it was clear that he was going to play in the FIDE World Chess Championship Match 2013 I approached his manager with a documentary idea. I thought this was a great time to do a documentary on Magnus Carlsen, to follow him up to the goal he has talked about since he was 13 years old. From a wonderkid to the number chess player - highest-ever rated human on the planet at that...

Q: Your team and how you planned the project

Benjamin Ree: I have been working with a really good film team

Producer Ola E. Stenberg, managing editor, VGTV adds: When we got the opportunity to follow Magnus Carlsen we put a lot of effort into the project. From early on we wanted it to be a special piece and we knew that this was going to be of interest for an international audience. Benjamin worked on this documentary full time for several months. Today, we are bringing the first English documentary on a true genius and an important story for the history books. We can´t wait to see how the story continues with the World Chess Championship game coming up.

Q: Some memorable moments while making this documentary

Benjamin Ree: I knew that Magnus had a great memory, but I didn't know that it was so great. The quiz he gets in the film shows what he is capable of. Also the simultaneous blindfolded chess at Harvard. It is so impressive. No one can do the same.

Q: Something that you have not been able to show in the documentary?

Benjamin Ree: I have over 60 hours of raw stock. So there's a lot that I havn't shown. This will be shown in an upcoming documentary after the World Chess Championship.

Q: A secret about Magnus Carlsen that the world doesn't know

Benjamin Ree: More secrets will come in the upcoming documentary :)

Q: The hard work?

Benjamin Ree: It has been a lot of work, but hugely rewarding and fascinating.

Follow Benjamin Ree on twitter: and do 

visit the talented journalists' webpage:

For those in a rush, check this Chessbase article with nice screen grabs from the documentary.

P.S. We also thank all our readers - Raja Ganeshan of New Zealand being the first - to send us the VG TV link to this fantastic documentary on Magnus Carlsen since yesterday and wondering why we were not posting about it ;) - Now you know.

* I am the favourite in any tournament I play; Magnus Carlsen (our video post earlier in case you missed it)

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

I am the Favourite in any Tournament I Play: Magnus Carlsen in Chennai Hotel Room Video Interview

Posted by World Chess Championship 2013 News Blog Tuesday, October 22, 2013

World Chess Championship 2013 video update: A cool shower to wash away the Chennai heat impacts not Magnus Carlsen's killer instinct. Boyish charms aside, Magnus Carlsen says, "I am the favourite in any tournament I play. I have the supreme belief if I do my best I will win." 

Chess' poster boy and his team visited Chennai to inspect the venue of the World Chess Championship, the Hyatt Regency in Chennai. In this interview, Carlsen projects confidence about playing in Chennai and his chances. (Producer: Vijay Kumar Camera: Benjamin Ree)

It's a short interview of the Norwegian chess talent, but you could watch it a couple of times over!

Don't forget to vote in our online poll on the column top right on who will win the World Chess Championship 2013: Viswanathan Anand or Magnus Carlsen?

Meanwhile, hope you spotted this fortune cookie Magnus Carlsen tweeted ;)