Friday, December 16, 2011

Rogoff on chess on BBC - Why Chess and Economics don't mix

The Master's Table: Boylston Chess Club A Team
(left to right) NM Marc Lonoff, GM Ken Rogoff, NM Larry Tapper, FM Chris Chase (sitting), NM Dan Harrington, and IM Norman Weinstein
at the Boylston Chess Club, YMCU (Young Men's Christian Union) Building... Boston, circa 1975

BBC World Service Business Daily: Why Chess and Economics don't mix

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Last broadcast on Thursday, 08:32 on BBC World Service.


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... Every year Harvard Economics Professor Ken Rogoff says he recieves an unsolicited letter from one of the world's top chess players. It is a different one every year but the question is the same: how can I get out of chess.

Because Ken Rogoff is one of those exceptional people who has managed to excel not just in one field but in two.

Professor Rogoff has been chief economist at the IMF, he's worked the Federal Reserve, but he had a life before economics. As a child Ken developed an all-consuming passion for chess. He left home - and school - at 15 to pursue this passion and he did very well indeed. He became an international grand master -- the highest title in chess and was once ranked 40th in the World.

Justin Rowlatt asks Ken Rogoff why he was forced to decide to stop playing the game he loved.

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