IM Eric Rosen on What Makes a World Championship Tweet

IM Eric Rosen will be taking over the US Chess twitter feed starting in round three of the highly anticipated Carlsen-Caruana World Chess Championship underway in London.

In anticipation of Eric’s contributions, we asked about his own favorite tweets and his predictions for the World Championship.

Jennifer Shahade- What were your best/most popular tweets ever?

Eric Rosen– I posted my most popular tweet just last week. It did not come from a major chess event, but rather from a funny moment in a small high school chess tournament.

Upon waking up the next day, I was stunned to see the tweet had 100+ retweets and 500+ likes. It helped that accounts with massive followings like chess.com and chess24 retweeted it.

This GIF of a ridiculous handshake between Carlsen and So also made waves around the Chess Twitterverse…

JS: How do you evaluate Magnus and Fabi’s social media prowess?

ER: They both have great behind-the-scenes content across Instagram and Twitter, but it would be nice if they post more often. It’s almost like they have a life outside of social media.   

JS: Any match predictions?

ER: 

  • Petrovs, Catalans, Maybe some Berlins
  • A handful of early draws followed by decisive games
  • At some point, Carlsen will overpush and lose against Caruana’s Petrov.
  • At some point, Caruana will unleash a groundbreaking Catalan novelty to take another point.
  • Caruana will win before reaching tiebreaks

Fabiano Caruana and Jennifer Shahade, Photo IM Eric Rosen at the 2018 US Chess Championships

JS: Totally unbiased, but I love those predictions myself! What accounts are your favorite to follow?

ER: There are countless accounts with amazing content during these large chess events, but here are a few that stand out…

Dan

https://twitter.com/AntonSquaredMe

This guy knows how to photoshop.

Mike Klein

https://twitter.com/ChessMike

One of the best chess journalists out there… always has great insights, both funny and informative. (Mike was interviewed on CLO last month.)

Anish Giri

https://twitter.com/anishgiri

A super GM with a sense of humor

JS: What should we expect from your Takeovers?

ER: Expect a lot of variety 

  • Photos, GIFs, Analysis of key positions and openings
  • Blunder alerts
  • Behind the scenes from the world championship venue
  • Interactions with chess fans
  • Timelapses
  • Twitter polls
  • Pregame predictions

Interact with Eric Rosen on twitter @USChess and use the hashtag #CarlsenCaruana. 

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