Friday, November 29, 2013

Inaccurate Headline

Anand (left) and Carlsen during the recent match. Source: Ynet.
Sometimes we need to remember that not everybody plays chess, or sees the world as chess players do.

One example is in the following headline from Israel's most popular news site, Ynet, about the recent world championship between Magnus Carlsen and Vishy Anand (link in Hebrew): 'The World's New Chess Champion: A 23 Year Old Norwegian Model'.

To be fair, the article itself is far more reasonable, concentrating on his chess achievements, calling him (inevitably) a 'chess genius' and noting that he only models 'in his spare time'. But still, the editor obviously thinks Norwegian models would be much more interesting to the average reader than old boring chess players, even world champion caliber ones.

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