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Simen Agdestein
S Agdestein 
Simen at the Arctic Chess Challenge, Tromso, August 2008.
Photo courtesy of Egil Arne.
Number of games in database: 652
Years covered: 1982 to 2018
Last FIDE rating: 2581 (2561 rapid, 2668 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2637

Overall record: +191 -132 =187 (55.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 142 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (37) 
    E62 E80 E77 E67 E60
 Queen's Indian (25) 
    E15 E12 E16 E17
 English (24) 
    A15 A13 A16 A10 A11
 Queen's Gambit Declined (23) 
    D37 D31 D38 D30 D35
 Nimzo Indian (23) 
    E32 E41 E48 E54 E53
 English, 1 c4 c5 (23) 
    A30 A34 A35 A37 A36
With the Black pieces:
 Dutch Defense (45) 
    A90 A84 A85 A92 A81
 French Defense (37) 
    C18 C05 C10 C11 C09
 Ruy Lopez (33) 
    C70 C92 C99 C90 C60
 Sicilian (25) 
    B22 B52 B40 B25 B56
 Queen's Indian (25) 
    E15 E12 E17 E16 E14
 Nimzo Indian (19) 
    E32 E20 E21 E52 E34
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   S Agdestein vs Short, 1995 1-0
   Speelman vs S Agdestein, 1992 0-1
   Karpov vs S Agdestein, 1991 0-1
   S Agdestein vs Nunn, 1985 1/2-1/2
   S Agdestein vs K Holm, 2017 1-0
   S Agdestein vs Adams, 1994 1-0
   S Agdestein vs F Elsness, 2017 1/2-1/2
   Carlsen vs S Agdestein, 2004 0-1
   S Agdestein vs K Lie, 2017 1/2-1/2
   H Olafsson vs S Agdestein, 1987 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Norwegian Championship (2006)
   Norwegian Championship (2005)
   Norwegian Championship (2004)
   Norwegian Championship (2017)
   Norwegian Championship (2018)
   Arctic Chess Challenge (2007)
   Xtracon Chess Open (2017)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2014)
   Manila Interzonal (1990)
   36th Olympiad (2004)
   Gibraltar Chess Festival (2008)
   Reykjavik Open (2016)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2015)
   European Club Cup (2013)
   Chess Olympiad (2014)

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
   Reykjavik 1987 by Chessdreamer
   SW Hanging Pawns by shibumi
   Karpov vs. Agdestein, match Gjøvik, Norway 1991 by NilsR

   🏆 Norwegian Championship
   J S Christiansen vs S Agdestein (Jul-14-18) 1/2-1/2
   S Agdestein vs L O Hauge (Jul-13-18) 0-1
   R Djurhuus vs S Agdestein (Jul-12-18) 1/2-1/2
   S Agdestein vs K Holm (Jul-11-18) 0-1
   J L Hammer vs S Agdestein (Jul-10-18) 1/2-1/2

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(born May-15-1967, 51 years old) Norway

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Simen Agdestein was awarded the IM title in 1983 and the GM title in 1985. He has won seven Norwegian chess championships, including the Norwegian Championship (2005). He was one a nominees to the World Cup (2013), but was eliminated from the Cup when he lost to Etienne Bacrot in the first round.

He is also the former coach of Magnus Carlsen, and is the brother of Carlsen's present manager, Espen Agdestein. He has authored and co-authored several books on chess, including a biography of Carlsen.

Multitalented, he also represented Norway football at the international level.

Wikipedia article: Simen Agdestein

 page 1 of 27; games 1-25 of 652  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. S Agdestein vs Granda Zuniga 0-1361982Ch World Cadet'sD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
2. H Rothen vs S Agdestein  ½-½211983Eksjo 11thB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
3. S Agdestein vs Keene ½-½291983Gausdal JubileeA42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
4. Browne vs S Agdestein  1-0311983GjovikE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
5. S Agdestein vs Ftacnik  ½-½341983GjovikD85 Grunfeld
6. Adorjan vs S Agdestein  1-0681983GjovikA30 English, Symmetrical
7. S Agdestein vs Spassky 1-0531983GjovikD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. Miles vs S Agdestein  1-0361983GjovikE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
9. J Magem Badals vs S Agdestein  0-1241983ch-EU jrB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
10. S Agdestein vs I Stohl  1-0411983EU-ch U20D85 Grunfeld
11. S Agdestein vs J Howell  ½-½401983EU-ch U20E80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
12. V Allegro vs S Agdestein  0-1501984EU-ch U20E73 King's Indian
13. S Agdestein vs Adorjan  ½-½411984OsloE12 Queen's Indian
14. Hort vs S Agdestein  0-1471984OsloC18 French, Winawer
15. S Agdestein vs J L Arnason  1-0401984OsloA70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
16. Miles vs S Agdestein 1-0421984OsloD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
17. Karpov vs S Agdestein 1-0381984OsloC18 French, Winawer
18. S Agdestein vs de Firmian  0-1351984OsloE41 Nimzo-Indian
19. Hort vs S Agdestein 0-1341984Chess OlympiadE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
20. S Agdestein vs Quinteros  1-0221984Chess OlympiadE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
21. S Agdestein vs Petursson  1-0411985Mch 04E12 Queen's Indian
22. Petursson vs S Agdestein 0-1371985Mch 04E15 Queen's Indian
23. S Agdestein vs de Firmian  0-1351985Oslo (Norway)E41 Nimzo-Indian
24. Blatny vs S Agdestein  ½-½661985GroningenB25 Sicilian, Closed
25. Hjartarson vs S Agdestein  0-1411985Gausdal ztD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
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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.
May-12-15  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
Nov-19-16  Christoforus Polacco: The best football player among chess players. Respect !
Oct-17-17  Octavia: I wish someone would write a book on good draws. I only know 2: 1 by Leonid Verkhovsky and 1 by Wolfgang Heidenfeld
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  Count Wedgemore: Gratulerer med dagen, Simen!
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  Tabanus:, he is the new European 50+ open champion, in a not too strong field.
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