Most of our readers have probably already seen this interview with Magnus by the British newspaper Telegraph over at chessvibes. If not, don’t bother reading it as there is not a single relevant question. It feels like a puff piece drafted by a publicist, vetted by an attorney, and handed over as a paint by numbers exercise to the journalist who got to “interview” Magnus.
I understand that the theme of the column is “my perfect weekend,” but how could Mr. Davidson interview Magnus and not ask a single question about his withdrawal from the WCC? I expected at least a low-ball such as: “I bet your weekends are much nicer now with the stress of competing in the WCC off your chest.” But no… instead the questions could not be more banal. I imagine Magnus has a publicist who vetted the questions and disallowed the interesting ones, leaving us with “herbal tea or fruit juice?” It’s an odd choice to interview a celebrity immediately after they have disappointed their fans with a questionable career decision, and only ask questions like “do you prefer snow or the beach?”
Who knows though, perhaps I’m too harsh. I am after all just another bitter fan who struggles to sympathize with a 20 year old millionaire celebrity.
Update: Here’s another similar puff piece in the guardian– what’s with the british papers?