Simen Agdestein
Number of games in database: 470
Years covered: 1982 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2630
Overall record: +165 -120 =154 (55.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      31 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (28) 
    E62 E60 E97 E81 E67
 Queen's Indian (22) 
    E15 E12 E16 E17
 English (17) 
    A15 A13 A16 A12 A11
 English, 1 c4 c5 (17) 
    A30 A34 A35 A31 A36
 Queen's Pawn Game (15) 
    A45 E00 A40 A41 D01
 Nimzo Indian (15) 
    E32 E41 E48 E21 E24
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (32) 
    C70 C92 C99 C76 C90
 Dutch Defense (29) 
    A90 A84 A85 A94 A92
 French Defense (27) 
    C18 C05 C10 C12 C19
 Sicilian (18) 
    B22 B80 B25 B31 B90
 Alekhine's Defense (17) 
    B04 B03 B02 B05
 Queen's Indian (14) 
    E15 E12 E13 E17 E14
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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
   S Agdestein vs Adams, 1994 1-0
   Speelman vs S Agdestein, 1992 0-1
   Karpov vs S Agdestein, 1991 0-1
   S Agdestein vs R Djurhuus, 2006 1-0
   S Agdestein vs Lahno, 2010 1-0
   Hort vs S Agdestein, 1984 0-1
   M Fenollar Jorda vs S Agdestein, 2014 0-1
   Short vs S Agdestein, 2008 1/2-1/2

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

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Taxco Interzonal 1985 by suenteus po 147
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1988 by suenteus po 147
   Karpov vs. Agdestein, match Gjøvik, Norway 1991 by NilsR
   1993 Adams - Agdestein Match by TheFocus

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(born May-15-1967) Norway

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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.

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 page 1 of 19; games 1-25 of 470  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. S Agdestein vs Granda Zuniga 0-136 1982 Ch World Cadet's unD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
2. S Agdestein vs Keene ½-½29 1983 Gausdal (Norway)A42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
3. Miles vs S Agdestein  1-036 1983 GjovikE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
4. J Magem Badals vs S Agdestein  0-124 1983 ch-EU jrB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
5. S Agdestein vs I Stohl  1-041 1983 GroningenD85 Grunfeld
6. S Agdestein vs Spassky 1-053 1983 GjovikD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. S Agdestein vs Ftacnik  ½-½34 1983 GjovikD85 Grunfeld
8. Adorjan vs S Agdestein  1-068 1983 It (cat.12)A30 English, Symmetrical
9. Browne vs S Agdestein  1-031 1983 It (cat.12)E11 Bogo-Indian Defense
10. H Rothen vs S Agdestein  ½-½21 1983 Eksjo 11thB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
11. Hort vs S Agdestein 0-134 1984 Thessaloniki olm ;BIGE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
12. Hort vs S Agdestein  0-147 1984 OsloC18 French, Winawer
13. S Agdestein vs DeFirmian  0-135 1984 It ( cat. 13 )E41 Nimzo-Indian
14. S Agdestein vs Adorjan  ½-½41 1984 Oslo (Norway)E12 Queen's Indian
15. V Allegro vs S Agdestein  0-150 1984 EU-ch U20E73 King's Indian
16. Miles vs S Agdestein 1-042 1984 OsloD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
17. S Agdestein vs Quinteros  1-022 1984 OlympiadE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
18. Karpov vs S Agdestein 1-038 1984 Oslo ;MCL 02C18 French, Winawer
19. Hjartarson vs S Agdestein  0-126 1985 Nordic-ch playoff-1plB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
20. S Agdestein vs DeFirmian  0-135 1985 Oslo (Norway)E41 Nimzo-Indian
21. Petursson vs S Agdestein  0-137 1985 Mch 04E15 Queen's Indian
22. S Agdestein vs Browne  ½-½73 1985 Taxco iztA30 English, Symmetrical
23. Larsen vs S Agdestein  0-151 1985 NaestvedA12 English with b3
24. Hjartarson vs S Agdestein  ½-½30 1985 Nordic-chC05 French, Tarrasch
25. Larsen vs S Agdestein  1-046 1985 Gausdal ztD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
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May-16-13  achieve: <tamar> Thanks - I'll navigate to that/there (help my english).

<It's very subtle, so you can't really accuse Agdestein of being anti-Anand.> It wasn't that subtle upon closer examination, it may have been unintended, that way, but it revealed quite a lot. If it were much more subtle, then that would even be much better - from a "Norwegian" point of view. ;)

But we're all human, and I know my own behaviour during a world cup when I suddenly transformed into a nationalistic monter almost. But that is a long time ago, I hope.

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  Appaz: Diademas, why "simply"? It's a fact that Anand has become WC by beating his own generation. The question is innocent, although badly formulated and pronounced, as often from Agdestein. Nothing to get all worked up over.
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  Diademas: Im not realy worked up and I dont think Anand was either, but I think his reaction was appropriate.
May-16-13  bravado1: The other "official" reasons behind Anand's reaction might be: 1. The interview was already finished. They thanked Vishy and he was about to leave. Then, Simen asked him one more question, which Anand kindly answered. But the following question about the differences in approach between the two generations of players wasn't a short and easy one. A comprehensive answer in fact required another interview. Anand became irritated since first he had already finished his analysis of the game with Topalov, second, given the circumstances, the question appeared irrelevant. 2. There must be a big hype in Norway about Carlsen as the future world champion who will of course beat Vishy. Anand could feel that Simen indirectly wanted to raise this issue, and since it was brought up by a Norwegian in Norway, he did not expect neutrality and objectivity.

These are just my wild guesses, though.

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  Rolfo: Well, may be I have a question for those scrutinizers here. Let say you are right (which you aren't), was it proper conduct by Anand to leave the scene this way leaving the hosts in uncertainty?
May-16-13  pbercker: No One has yet mentioned this, but right before Simen asked his question, Anand was saying to the other commentator that he was going to rest ... and the commentator responded "ha ... so you're going to rest on your laurels?" ... Anand did not visibly react but surely that's an awkward thing to say even if only meant in a joking sort of way!
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  Diademas: <<achieve> Simen is old and wise enough to speak for himself and remain neutral as an interviewer.> Well thats just it, he isn't neutral. He has known Magnus since he (Magnus) was a toddler, he has trained and coached him for years and they know eachother intamately. His brother is Magnus manager and closest confidant. He might strive for some objectivety, but neutral hes not. I know that, you know that and Anand for sure knows that. Simen is about as neutral as Vishys mom. A good reason for him to be very careful when talking about anything in relation to Anands prospects against "the young guns". Sadly Simens "fingerspitzgefuhl" leaves a good deal to be desired. That is not to say hes not a nice guy. He is! But a bit clumsy - and here he got an appropriate smack over his fingers.

<Rolfo> If you by hosts mean Agdesten, than yes! I think he got just what he deserved.

May-16-13  achieve: <"ha ... so you're going to rest on your laurels?"> Ha yes - awkward bit of wordplay right there by dutch Dirk-Jan, after which they proceeded to discuss the benefits of a good nights sleep and a few long walks. After that it was clumsy-Simen-time.
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  tamar: <pbercker> That's a great point. Dirk of course meant Anand had just gathered laurels, so to speak, by winning a great game against Topalov, so he could "rest" on them. But us scrutinizers noticed an awkward moment there as well.

I don't think Anand has problems with either guy, and will probably say so. What we witnessed in his interaction with Agdestein was a bit of prophylaxis, he saw the implications of Simen's line of thought while neither commentator was aware of any problem!

May-16-13  achieve: <Diademas> This may sound corny, but I could not agree with you more. Spot on imo.

Regardless of "Fingerspitzengefuhl", if it was Timman questioning Anand about Giri's generation I would expect more [self-control] of him. Enough already. There is already too much prestige, money and contracts riding on this one.

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  Rolfo: Diademas, you are still wrong I think. Btw, I like your avatar :)
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  paulalbert: I watched the interview being referred to and think the discussion here seems to be really making a mountain out of a mole hill. The reference to "laurels" was an obvious joking play on words, and Simen's question on different approaches to chess by older vs. younger generations seemed to be a legitimate, but somewhat provocative, chess journalist question. Obviously, at the present time, not one Vishy wanted to deal with, so he in effect said it was premature. I don't think Simen being Norwegian and having a prior relationship with Magnus, including the indirect current relationship with his brother being Magnus' manager, disqualifies him from asking provocative questions, and Vishy doesn't have to answer, which he didn't. Some tension between reporters and sporting figures is normal. I doubt either Simen or Vishy, with both of whom I've had some prior contact, would take this little repartee as other than a somewhat humorous form of verbal fencing; nor would I anticipate it would have any effect on their personal relationship, which I expect is friendly.
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  Diademas: Glad you liked it <Rolfo>. Im about to get tired of it so it might change soon.

Ha en flott 17. mai!
PS! Det var vel ikke deg som stakk av med de 216 millionene der oppe? :-$

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  Rolfo: paulalbert expresses what I think much better than I can do myself :)
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  Rolfo: Diademas, sorry it wasn't me, I could easily manage with 1% of that amount and even invite you for a beer someplace. The lucky winner lives in Tromsø, not far from my place
May-16-13  achieve: C'est le ton qui fait la musique.
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  Tabanus: The winner is not me either.

I think Simen made a kind of "joke" and meant to be funny, but got too MC-enthusiastic to Anand's taste.

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  Tabanus: No big deal I think. Anand just didn't want to comment on the "new generation" (= Magnus) right now.

And not until afterwards.

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  Tabanus: has Simen A. as World no. 13 in 1992.

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  Eyal: According to Elo ratings his peak ranking was no.16-19, in mid-1989, and peak number 2630 (no.20-23 at the time), in January 1993:
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  Rolfo: And I think our friend J Sonas ranked him even higher
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  Diademas: <Rolfo> If you should win, I'll take that beer at Carma, Øverbygd, Inner-Troms. If that hell hole still exists...
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  waustad: I suspect <Tabanus> nailed it and I'm sorry I started the whole discussion.
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  Rolfo: <<Rolfo> If you should win, I'll take that beer at Carma, Øverbygd, Inner-Troms. If that hell hole still exists...>

I see, you once did your drafted service there.. Luckily I live at the coast, not far from Øverbygd though. A beer no problem anyway :)

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  Interbond: Simen won in Barcelona 8.5/9 points TPR 2901
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