Best of the Web: week 17

Hi everyone,

Magnus Carlsen's win in Chennai has been all over the news recently. Hopefully, Carlsen will help make chess more popular, as he did at a recent Real Madrid game, where he took the ceremonial kickoff, and took a few pics with celebrities including Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo, and even Zinedine Zidane! I feel like I'm writing a celebrity gossip column. Brrrrr, nasty. You can find more coverage here!

A few weeks ago, Keith recommended "Chess Eye" to improve visualisation skills. I've actually given the program a try over the last few weeks, and I am really impressed with the results! Since there's a really good demo version (which I have been using) for free, I wanted to recommend it again.

John's pick of the week goes to the London Chess Classic. Here's what he had to say about it:  "I wouldn't call any first-time rapid event a "Classic", but it will have lots of good players.... and it might be fun to see Anand finally get to use some of his opening preparation from last month." Let's hope John is right!

Finally, Félix recommends you take a look at the World Team Championship that just finished. Lots of interesting games to go over!

See you next week!