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S Agdestein 
Simen at the Arctic Chess Challenge, Tromso, August 2008.
Photo courtesy of Egil Arne.
Simen Agdestein
Number of games in database: 521
Years covered: 1982 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2606 (2558 rapid, 2575 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2637
Overall record: +173 -128 =169 (54.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      51 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (31) 
    E62 E67 E80 E60 E97
 Queen's Indian (23) 
    E15 E12 E16 E17
 Queen's Gambit Declined (19) 
    D37 D31 D38 D30 D35
 English (18) 
    A15 A13 A16 A12 A17
 Queen's Pawn Game (18) 
    A45 A40 A41 E10 E00
 Nimzo Indian (18) 
    E32 E41 E48 E21 E54
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (32) 
    C70 C92 C99 C90 C60
 French Defense (31) 
    C18 C05 C11 C09 C12
 Dutch Defense (30) 
    A90 A84 A85 A89 A94
 Sicilian (20) 
    B25 B22 B40 B31 B96
 Queen's Indian (19) 
    E15 E12 E14 E17 E16
 Alekhine's Defense (18) 
    B04 B03 B02 B05
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   S Agdestein vs Short, 1995 1-0
   S Agdestein vs Nunn, 1985 1/2-1/2
   Karpov vs S Agdestein, 1991 0-1
   Speelman vs S Agdestein, 1992 0-1
   S Agdestein vs Adams, 1994 1-0
   S Agdestein vs R Djurhuus, 2006 1-0
   Romanishin vs S Agdestein, 1985 1/2-1/2
   Hort vs S Agdestein, 1984 0-1
   S Agdestein vs Lahno, 2010 1-0
   Speelman vs S Agdestein, 1985 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Norwegian Championship (2005)
   Norwegian Championship (2006)
   Norwegian Championship (2004)
   Taxco Interzonal (1985)
   Arctic Chess Challenge (2007)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2014)
   Manila Interzonal (1990)
   36th Olympiad (2004)
   Chess Olympiad (2014)
   Gibraltar (2008)
   European Club Cup (2013)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2015)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Taxco Interzonal 1985 by suenteus po 147
   Taxco Interzonal 1985 by Tabanus
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1988 by suenteus po 147
   Karpov vs. Agdestein, match Gjøvik, Norway 1991 by NilsR

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(born May-15-1967, 48 years old) Norway

[what is this?]
Simen Agdestein was awarded the IM title in 1983 and the GM title in 1985. He was Norwegian champion in 1982 (after a play-off) and Nordic champion in 1985 (also after a play-off). He also represented Norway in soccer at an international level. He was Magnus Carlsen 's trainer & his brother is Espen Agdestein. He was one of the organizer's nominees to the World Cup (2013), but was eliminated from the Cup when he lost to Etienne Bacrot in the first round.

Wikipedia article: Simen Agdestein

 page 1 of 21; games 1-25 of 521  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. S Agdestein vs Granda Zuniga 0-136 1982 Ch World Cadet'sD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
2. S Agdestein vs I Stohl  1-041 1983 GroningenD85 Grunfeld
3. S Agdestein vs Spassky 1-053 1983 GjovikD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
4. S Agdestein vs Ftacnik  ½-½34 1983 GjovikD85 Grunfeld
5. Adorjan vs S Agdestein  1-068 1983 It (cat.12)A30 English, Symmetrical
6. Browne vs S Agdestein  1-031 1983 It (cat.12)E11 Bogo-Indian Defense
7. H Rothen vs S Agdestein  ½-½21 1983 Eksjo 11thB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
8. S Agdestein vs Keene ½-½29 1983 Gausdal (Norway)A42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
9. Miles vs S Agdestein  1-036 1983 GjovikE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
10. J Magem Badals vs S Agdestein  0-124 1983 ch-EU jrB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
11. S Agdestein vs Adorjan  ½-½41 1984 Oslo (Norway)E12 Queen's Indian
12. S Agdestein vs J L Arnason  1-040 1984 OsloE10 Queen's Pawn Game
13. V Allegro vs S Agdestein  0-150 1984 EU-ch U20E73 King's Indian
14. Miles vs S Agdestein 1-042 1984 OsloD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
15. S Agdestein vs Quinteros  1-022 1984 OlympiadE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
16. Karpov vs S Agdestein 1-038 1984 Oslo ;MCL 02C18 French, Winawer
17. Hort vs S Agdestein 0-134 1984 Thessaloniki olm ;BIGE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
18. Hort vs S Agdestein  0-147 1984 OsloC18 French, Winawer
19. S Agdestein vs DeFirmian  0-135 1984 It ( cat. 13 )E41 Nimzo-Indian
20. S Saeed vs S Agdestein 1-061 1985 Taxco InterzonalA62 Benoni, Fianchetto Variation
21. Blatny vs S Agdestein  ½-½66 1985 GroningenB25 Sicilian, Closed
22. P Nikolic vs S Agdestein  1-035 1985 NaestvedE12 Queen's Indian
23. Speelman vs S Agdestein  ½-½48 1985 Taxco InterzonalA30 English, Symmetrical
24. S Agdestein vs Ftacnik  ½-½23 1985 Naestved 40/(45)A04 Reti Opening
25. Romanishin vs S Agdestein  ½-½42 1985 Taxco InterzonalA13 English
 page 1 of 21; games 1-25 of 521  PGN Download
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Jun-05-14  Rolfo: Old dogs can still bark! Well done so far
Jun-05-14  NeoIndian: Feeling a bit sad about his missed chances against Karjakin. A win with black against Sergei would've been absolutely awesome. Still rooting for him to do good, and maybe beat one of these guys.
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  Appaz: Karjakin - Adestein 1/2 - 1/2.

Great game to watch. Simen missed 48..Kf7 and later his last chance to win, 54..Ke6.

Karjakin should have played h4 before black took his chance to free himself with the same move. After this white is in trouble.

Except for these moves, Simen pretty much followed Houdini at 20+ ply, sometimes improving on the engines suggestions, which indicates he played a very strong game.

Go Simen!

Jun-08-14  Conrad93: Agdestein always gets a god position against these guys, but he always misses the decisive move.

If you can't do that, you might as well just agree to a draw from the beginning.

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  Appaz: Another draw, with black against Grishuk, world #3.

Another narrow escape of a Super-GM: had he found 39. Rxg2+ in the time trouble, it would have won for Agdestein.

Undefeated on 50%, Agdestein has already scored as expected with four rounds to go.

Jun-09-14  Rolfo: Great draw again. Amazing result in this tournament whatever happens next. Could he crown it wit a win? And he, Magnus and Kramnik haven't lost yet
Jun-09-14  Rolfo: *with
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  moronovich: Are you witty today,<Rolfo>? :)
Jun-09-14  Gegga: Simen and Magnus are the only players who have not lost in Norway Chess, so far (round 6). Who would have guessed that, before the tournament? :-)
Jun-09-14  Whitehat1963: Does anyone know how many Elo points Agdestein has picked up in this tournament?
Jun-09-14  Rolfo: Moronovich, when Simen is coughing I thought he would also demonstrate that old dogs can bark just to put some awe into his opponent, but maybe it isn't witty or even more some could see it as lack of respect, so I actually didn't wright this :)
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  moronovich: <Rolfo: Moronovich, when Simen is coughing I thought he would also demonstrate that old dogs can bark just to put some awe into his opponent, but maybe it isn't witty or even more some could see it as lack of respect, so I actually didn't wright this :)>

I just tried to play with the words with and wit that you mixed.And if my little teaser landed in a fjord with a big nothing I may offer you a cold beer:)

And yes it is close to awesome to see the oldtimer doing so surprisingly well.

Jun-10-14  Rolfo: A cold beer anytime, and if Simen is around a beer for him too :)
Jun-12-14  ketchuplover: Down goes Agdestein :( x infinity
Jun-13-14  ketchuplover: and again :( SIGH
Jun-13-14  Rolfo: All in all more than expected from Simen. Well done
Jun-13-14  john barleycorn: <Rolfo: All in all more than expected from Simen. Well done>

there is nothing less than last. :-)

But seriously, he did much better than a couple of guys here predicted. Hats off.

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  Fusilli: Maybe it's time to upload a photo of Agdestein? This one is nice, and Wikipedia photos are not copyright-protected, right?

(I think this is a nicer photo than the one on his English Wikipedia page.)

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  TheFocus: <Real chess players think about chess more or less 24 hours a day. It is a passion and a fate that one has to live with - and it lasts a lifetime> - Agdestein, Simen.
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  TheFocus: <Torbjorn (Hansen, Magnus Carlsen's first teacher) himself went from 2104 to 2204 in rating during the year he trained with Magnus. This reflects the experience I have had. One learns nearly as much from teaching others> - Simen Agdestein.
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  egilarne: <Fusilli>: Thank you, I'm happy to see that you think the photo I took of Simen Agdestein in the Norwegian championship in Bergen 2009 was nice! may of course use it :)
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  Fusilli: <egilarne> Cool, I'll post on Biographer Bistro, letting the biographers know.
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  alfamikewhiskey: The Telegraph reports on Simen Agdestein's loss to a six-year old girl (!) (in simul, though) - not omitting to link the "incident" to Short's remarks on chess and females:


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  Penguincw: Happy 48th birthday to GM Simen Agdestein! Unfortunately, he didn't get too great of a birthday gift, as he would end up finishing last at the EnterCard Scandinavian Masters (2015). It's a shame, considering I would've liked to see him play at Norway again. He did well there, scoring 7 straight draws before losing twice.
May-16-15  ketchuplover: belated happy birthday young man
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