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Magnus Carlsen vs Shemsi Rukovci
Open NOR-ch (2001)  ·  English Opening: King's English Variation. Kramnik-Shirov Counter (A21)  ·  1/2-1/2
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Jan-25-04  ruylopez900: What's with the draw so early?? It's not like there's no potential for either side!
Jan-25-04
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  technical draw: Magnus Carlsen was 10 years old and it was past his bedtime.
Apr-02-04  Pawn Sandwich Eater: Pre - agreed draw.
Oct-22-10  kevins55555: Why did Magnus just play on for the win??? I hate early draws!
Oct-22-10  kapivarov: Because he was not yet a trained robot as he is today, and despite his 2064 Elo, he was afraid of his "powerful" opponent. Almost nothing has changed nowadays: Carlsen is still a boring chess player. He's the output of hard training and memorizing. Mamedyarov, for instance, is 5x more creative than Carlsen is.
Mar-29-16  Sergash: Was that the first time Carlsen was opening a tournament game with 1.c4 ? Until then, in my Chessbase database, he had only played 1.d4 and 1.e4.

Carslen is known, nowadays, to fight long battles even when he has a slight disadvantage.

Here, Rukovci has a rating of 1955 early 2016, while he was born in 1963. So, at the time of the game, he possibly was rated about the same than Carlsen. It is not like a much stronger player offers you an early draw.

The only thing I could think of was that Carlsen was not feeling well, or he was not comfortable with his position?

Mar-29-16  Sergash: Apparently, <4.Nxe7N> was a novelty at the time of the game.
Apr-04-16  Sergash: Another possibility that came to my mind: is it possible that the game score is incomplete?
Jun-16-16
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  Tabanus: Rukovci says he saw a coming world champion and offered draw on move 6! In this video (in Norwegian):

https://www.nrk.no/video/PS*185025

Jun-16-16
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  Tabanus: On the rating:

Magnus jumped from 1716 to 2064 on 1 April 2001, but his rating in the video is still 1716. Rucovci had 2045.

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