2016 was full of adventures. I traveled across Europe, cruised the Caribbean, played chess against the world champion in New York, and attended some fun conferences for a job I enjoy. Thanks to my friends and family who helped make the year a special one! Here’s the third installment of my “One Second Every Day” project.
One night three years ago, in a bout of insomnia, I went down a YouTube rabbit hole. Videos about the Kansas City Royals led to obscure sports highlights, and before I knew it, I was watching a video from 60 Minutes about the “Mozart of Chess.” The segment followed a grandmaster named Magnus Carlsen — only 21 years old at the time, but already the highest-ranked chess player in the world. That 10-minute segment renewed my interest in a game I had only played as a kid with my dad. Little did I know that, in three short years, I’d be playing against Magnus himself in New York City.