Magnus Carlsen of Norway, the highest rated chess player in the world, appeared on CBS’s “60 minutes’’ on Feb. 19. The program was, in many respects, a summation of the status of chess in our time. This program supplied a worthy tribute to the game that has expanded notably in the last 20 years along with the information revolution and is now taught in many schools throughout the world. The “60 Minutes’’ program billed the 21-year-old Carlsen as the “Mozart of Chess,’’ young and gifted with an inexplicable talent, with possibly a hint of music in a well-executed game. In a bit of hyperbole, chess was described as more brutal than boxing. No chess player gets beaten physically at chess, but the game can …

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