As a former chess grandmaster, who at the height of this career he was ranked number forty in the world, Ken [Rogoff] has not been able to abandon his love of the game. Last year and this year again he visited the London Chess Classic, and in fact even joined in the live commentary of games. In the VIP room he was consulted by practically everybody, especially at a time when the world economy seems to be in serious trouble and the European monetary union on the verge of collapse.
Every year Harvard Economics Professor Ken Rogoff says he receives an unsolicited letter from one of the world’s top chess players. It is a different one every year but the question is the same: how can I get out of chess.
There is a podcast at the link, on this topic, go to 11:20 or so.