The Joy of Six: players who have exceeded in more than one boast | Michael Butler and Ian McCourt
From a gun-slinging Jackie Stewart to Tadhg Kennellys exploits in Gaelic football and AFL, there are half-a-dozen jocks who have switched sports
1) Simen Agdestein
For most people, football and chess has not been able to be more different. One is played in the silt and rainwater. The other does not even expects trainers. Football is a team game played on instinct, a chaos hypothesi in which two parallels are never the same, with musicians reacting to a round objective pin-balling around a rectangle of grass. Some beings struggle to see chess as a play wholly( it is, and has been recognised as such by the International Olympic Committee since 2000) but it remains an introverted campaign that is built on patterns and plan, with criticizes and counterattacks often prepared a dozen moves in advance.
How Simen Agdestein managed to master these two restraints remains a marvel. Born in Oslo in 1967 to a civil engineer and a secretary, he only started knocking a ball around at the age of eight, and only played chess seriously at 11. By 15 “hes been” “the member states national” chess endorse( the first of 7 claims ). Three year later he was Norways firstly grandmaster and had also been called up to the junior national football unit. When I came home from academy I slept a bit, he said in 2007. Then it was out to football prepare, and when I got home I sat up and read chess into the darknes. I was quite tired at institution the next day.
What is so making about Agdesteins story is that these two lives one huddled in quiet rooms with a ticking clock, the other out on blustery tones in the Scandinavian elements is they loped concurrently, even interdependently.
Agdestein knew then what grandmasters have now been started addressing that physical circumstance is fundamental to becoming a world-class participate, especially when energy-sapping matches last for hours at a time, in tournaments that last days. Magnus Carlsen, the present world-wide No1 and undeniably the sign son of chess, often plays football and runs on a treadmill every day. It is no coincidence that Carlsen, too a Norwegian, was coached by Agdestein when he became the youngest ever grandmaster in 2004. Carlsen is now coached by Agdesteins brother, Espen.
There are lots of similarities between the two[ sports ], Agdestein told the New York Times in 1996. The part of the preparations for my football matches and chess activities was very similar. I would work on my own. I would concentrate and sleep a lot. It was a good balance I was strong physically. I would take risks; and I would also are in conformity with strong post and contend and come back to win activities I shouldnt win. The physical facet is the most important thing.
Around the time Agdestein reached his international debut for Norway in 1988, against an Italian defense that included Franco Baresi and Paolo Maldini, the striker was also at the heyday of his chess-playing abilities, rising to No17 in “the worlds”. His solitary international aim, emanating against Czechoslovakia afterward that time, played out like a pre-planned chess move. Agdestein knew what opening he was going to manipulate, knew what he was going to do with the ball before he received it, back to objective, just like he knew what he was going to do with a castle or with a cavalier. One suggestion, two, three. Unexpectedly the pellet was in the net. It is a beautiful goal.
If football was his first love, chess was always his priority. Despite being prolific for his hometown football area Lyn, Agdestein would often be granted leave by the manager Egil Olsen( who would eventually control Norway and Wimbledon) to performance and rule chess. He once refused to meet with scouts from Besiktas because it clashed with a chess tournament in Holland. He missed a World cup finals preparing coincide against Scotland in 1989 to performance the members of the commission in Belgrade.
After eight international appearances, Agdestein was forced to retire from football at the age of 23 because of a knee hurt, and without a physical shop, he was no longer able to concentrate for long periods of time, and would often hyperventilate or develop shooting pains in his arms during chess competitors. He would never contact the same summits in either play, and had to fall back on to other things, like his degree in political science, writing for a national newspaper and playing classical piano. Both an imposing 6ft 2in striker and a softly-spoken grandmaster, he was at home in those two resisting natures and seemingly lost without them. Michael Butler
2) Sir Jackie Stewart
Everybody knows the Running Scot. The three-time Formula One world championis synonymous with machine racing, renowned for his flat detonators, sunglasses, sideburns and indomitable approach to driving in arguably the boasts most dangerous span. As a son however, Stewart was not so intrepid, in fact he was quite the opposite. Bullied at school and beaten up on Dumbarton High Street in his house town for the purposes of an apparent lack of knowledge which was in fact owing to a serious dyslexia his youth was blighted by a lack of confidence, social skills and direction.
Stewarts grandfather was a gamekeeper and he would find solace in the wild as small children, stalking deer on the banks of Loch Lomond and shooting parsnips that his father would roll down hills.
My life changed on New Years Day 1953 when, aged 13, I took part in a neighbourhood clay pigeon hitting tournament, Stewart wrote in his autobiography. Shooting schooled me how to deal with pressure, how to mix with beings from different walkings of life, how to conduct myself when I prevailed and when I lost. It also made me aware that I play-act best when I was hungry.
Leaving school at 15, happenings moved tight for Stewart, and he promptly became a dead-eye net crap-shooter, winning national deeds, qualifying for the British squad and rivalling at the 1957 European Championships in Paris. In 1958 he would shoot at Monza, where seven years later he would prevail the first of his 27 F1 hastens. But Stewarts career could have been forever altered in 1960 when, on his 21 st birthday, he came within one shot of qualifying for the Olympic Games in Rome. I think its the biggest disappointment of my boasting life, he afterwards declared. Until I was 23 my life was hitting. In killing, you cant blame the car, it wasnt any of the cartridges and it certainly wasnt the gun.
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