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Carlsen 
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Magnus Carlsen
Number of games in database: 1,649
Years covered: 2000 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2877 (2855 rapid, 2948 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2882
Overall record: +412 -173 =454 (61.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      610 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (165) 
    B90 B40 B30 B43 B46
 Ruy Lopez (105) 
    C78 C65 C67 C84 C88
 Slav (56) 
    D15 D17 D12 D10 D11
 Nimzo Indian (47) 
    E32 E20 E21 E36 E54
 French Defense (38) 
    C11 C00 C02 C10 C18
 Semi-Slav (34) 
    D43 D45 D47 D44
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (164) 
    B33 B30 B22 B90 B77
 Ruy Lopez (112) 
    C67 C95 C65 C69 C78
 Queen's Indian (73) 
    E15 E12 E17 E13 E18
 Nimzo Indian (42) 
    E34 E32 E21 E20 E55
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (36) 
    C95 C91 C88 C96 C90
 Slav (36) 
    D12 D15 D17 D10 D14
Repertoire Explorer

NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Carlsen vs S Ernst, 2004 1-0
   Carlsen vs H Harestad, 2003 1-0
   J L Hammer vs Carlsen, 2003 0-1
   Kramnik vs Carlsen, 2008 0-1
   Anand vs Carlsen, 2013 0-1
   Carlsen vs Karjakin, 2013 1-0
   Carlsen vs Anand, 2012 1-0
   Carlsen vs Gelfand, 2013 1-0
   Carlsen vs A Groenn, 2005 1-0
   Carlsen vs Aronian, 2008 1-0

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004)
   Anand - Carlsen World Championship (2013)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Pearl Spring Chess Tournament (2009)
   Arctic Chess Challenge (2007)
   Gausdal Chess Classics (2007)
   Biel Chess Festival (2011)
   Tata Steel (2013)
   Norwegian Championship (2005)
   Norwegian Championship (2006)
   Corus Wijk aan Zee Group B (2006)
   Morelia-Linares (2008)
   Norwegian Championship (2004)
   Midnight Sun Chess Challenge (2006)
   Amber Tournament (Blindfold) (2010)
   FIDE World Cup (2005)
   World Chess Cup (2007)
   XXII Reykjavik Open (2006)

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   The Carlsen Chronicles by MoonlitKnight
   Guess-the-Move Chess: 2000-2010 (Part 1) by Anatoly21
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   Mozart of chess by zarg
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   Carlsen Favorites by chocobonbon
   Carlsen's winning miniatures by alexmagnus
   Guess-the-Move Chess: 2000-2010 (Part 2) by Anatoly21
   Carlsen in world championships:2005-07 by alexmagnus
   Magnus Carlsens Meisterwerke by tmh13

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MAGNUS CARLSEN
(born Nov-30-1990) Norway

[what is this?]
Magnus Carlsen is the 16th undisputed World Champion, winning the crown from Viswanathan Anand in November 2013.

Landmarks

FM (2002); IM (2003); GM (2004); vice-World U12 World Champion (2002); Norwegian Champion (2006); Candidate (2007 & 2013); World Champion (2013); World Rapid Champion (2014) and World Blitz Champion (2009 & 2014).

Carlsen has been the world's top ranked player since January 2010, apart from six months between November 2010 and June 2011 when he was #2, and possesses the highest standard FIDE rating ever posted, as well as the highest ever live rating.

Background:

He was born in Tønsberg, Vestfold. His parents are Sigrun Øen and Henrik Carlsen, both of whom are engineers. His father taught him chess at the age of eight after which he soon played his first tournament, a junior (Miniputt) Norwegian championship. He was coached by seven-time Norwegian Champion Simen Agdestein and by Curt Hansen. He won the title of International Master in 2003 at the age of 12 years 7 months and 25 days. In 2004, after having gained over 300 rating points in little over a year, he became the second-youngest grandmaster in chess history at the time, behind only Sergey Karjakin, at the age of 13 years 4 months and 27 days. Parimarjan Negi later pipped his record by five days to become the second youngest grandmaster ever.

Championships:

<Age>: Carlsen won the Norwegian U11 Championship in 2000 and the U10 Nordic Championship in 2001. In 2002, he placed =1st in the Open Norwegian Junior Championship with 5.5/7, but easily won the same event the following year with 6/6. Carlsen started with 4/4 at the 2002 U12 European Championship but faded to finish sixth. In the 2002 U12 World Championship a few weeks later, Carlsen was sole leader coming into the last round, but was held to a draw by David Howell, enabling Ian Nepomniachtchi to equal his score and to win on tiebreak. He placed =3rd at the 2003 U14 European Championship, half a point behind Sergei Zhigalko and Tornike Sanikidze, a short time later placing =9th with 7.5/11 at the World U14 Championship in Halkidiki.

<National and Continental>: A couple of weeks after being eliminated from the FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004) (see below), he placed =1st in the 2004 Norwegian Championship. However, after a two-game play-off match with co-leader and until then, six-time Norwegian champion, Berge Ostenstad was drawn, Østenstad was declared winner on tiebreak. In the 2005 Norwegian Chess Championship, Carlsen again finished in a shared first place, this time with his mentor Simen Agdestein. A rapid game playoff between them resulted in Agdestein’s victory by 3.5-2.5 (+2 -1 =3). Carlsen finally won the Norwegian Championship in 2006, after defeating Simen Agdestein in a tie-break match.

Carlsen’s first and and so far only participation in the continental championship provided a solid 22-point boost to his rating when he scored 8/13 in the 6th European Individual Championship (2005).

<World>: Carlsen qualified for the FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004), but was eliminated in the first round tiebreaker by Levon Aronian. His hopes to become a contender for the World Championship in the future took a big step forward by placing tenth at the FIDE World Cup (2005), becoming the youngest player ever to qualify for the Candidates. In his first Candidates match in Elista in May, he drew 3-3 in the six slow games of the Candidates Match: Aronian - Carlsen (2007) before losing in rapid-play tie-breaks. He reached the final four in the World Chess Cup (2007) before being defeated in the semi-finals by the eventual winner, Gata Kamsky. Carlsen's final placing in the 2007 World Cup qualified him for participation in the FIDE Grand Prix for 2008-09. Soon afterwards he tied for first place in the Baku Grand Prix (2008), the first round of FIDE's inaugural Grand Prix series. Carlsen later withdrew from the Grand Prix cycle despite his excellent result in Baku, complaining about "dramatic changes to ... regulations." and that “…changing the rules dramatically in the middle of a cycle is simply unacceptable.”

On the basis of his rating, Carlsen qualified for the Candidates Tournament that would determine the challenger to World Champion Viswanathan Anand in 2012. In November 2010, however, Carlsen announced he was withdrawing from the Candidates tournament. Carlsen described the 2008–12 cycle as not "...sufficiently modern and fair", and added that "Reigning champion privileges, the long (five year) span of the cycle, changes made during the cycle resulting in a new format (Candidates) that no World Champion has had to go through since Kasparov, puzzling ranking criteria as well as the shallow ceaseless match-after-match concept are all less than satisfactory in my opinion." Carlsen qualified for the World Championship Candidates (2013) that was played in London, again on the basis of his rating. He placed =1st with Vladimir Kramnik on 8.5/14 after both players lost their last round games, but as the first tiebreaker (score against each other in the tournament which was 1-1) failed to break the tie, he won on the second tiebreak which stipulated that the player with the greater number of wins takes first place; he had scored five wins to Kramnik's four. During the tournament, Carlsen set a new live rating record of 2878.9 after he defeated Gelfand in round 10.

In November 2013, Carlsen won the Anand - Carlsen World Championship (2013) that was staged in Chennai. The first four games were drawn before Carlsen won the fifth and sixth games. The seventh and eighth games were drawn, with Carlsen then winning the ninth game and drawing the tenth and last game to win by 6.5-3.5 (+3 =7). He will defend his title in November 2014 in a rematch against Viswanathan Anand, who won the World Chess Championship Candidates (2014) that was held in March 2014.

Classical Tournaments:

Carlsen earned his first IM norm in January 2003 at the Gausdal Troll Masters when he scored 7/10. His second IM norm came in June 2003 at the Salongernas IM-tournament in Stockholm where he scored 6/9 and his third IM norm came in the following month at the 2003 Politiken Cup in Copenhagen where he scored 8/11. In early 2004, Carlsen made a major international impact when he won Corus C with 10.5/13, easily winning his first grandmaster norm and earning his entry to the Corus B in 2005. Carlsen obtained his second grandmaster norm in the 3rd Aeroflot Festival (2004) in February and his third grandmaster norm at the sixth 6th Dubai Open (2004), held between 18th and 28th April.

Soon afterwards he placed 3rd at the 12th Sigeman & Co Chess Tournament (2004) followed later that month with a solid =3rd place at the Politiken Cup 2004, a half point behind the leaders Darmen Sadvakasov and compatriot Leif Erlend Johannessen. In October 2005, he won the Gausdal Bygger'n Masters in Norway with 8/9 ahead of 9 other grandmasters. He continued to improve in 2006, tying Alexander Motylev for first place in Corus Wijk aan Zee Group B (2006). After several more strong performances during the year, including 6.5/9 at the XXII Reykjavik Open (2006), =2nd at Bosna Sarajevo Tournament (2006), =2nd behind Sergei Shipov at the Midnight Sun Challenge at Breivika videregaende skole in Norway, =2nd at Biel Int'l Festival (2006) (after beating the winner Alexander Morozevich twice), first at the Gausdal Classics GM-A and a joint second-place finish at Linares - Morelia (2007), he crossed the 2700-mark, the youngest player ever to do so. A relatively poor result at Dortmund (2007) (3/7) was followed by a win at Biel Chess Festival (2007) (His score was equaled by Alexander Onischuk and so they played a tie-breaker match to determine the winner. After drawing two rapid and two blitz games, Carlsen won the Armageddon game) and a par for rating =2nd at the Arctic Chess Challenge (2007) where he scored 7/9, a half point behind the leader Alexander Moiseenko, and 3rd at the Tal Memorial (2007) in November 2007.

In 2008 Carlsen was the joint winner of Corus (2008) A-Group together with Levon Aronian, and placed second in Morelia-Linares (2008) behind Anand. He won clear first place at Aerosvit (2008) with a dominant 8/11 score. His "disappointing" third placement at 41st Biel International Chess Festival (2008) with 6/10, a half point behind joint winners Leinier Dominguez Perez and Evgeny Alekseev, was nevertheless still a 2740 performance, whilst his equal second in the Bilbao Grand Slam Chess Final (2008) with 5.0/10 was a 2768 performance. His relatively meagre 7/13 at Corus (2009) was followed by equal second placement behind Kramnik at Dortmund (2009) with a 2773 performance and 2nd with 5/9 at the M-Tel Masters (2009). The arrival of Garry Kasparov in 2009 as his coach enabled Carlsen's finest tournament performance to date, and one of the best tournament results in the history of chess. Carlsen eclipsed a stellar field consisting of Topalov, Peter Leko, Dmitry Jakovenko, Teimour Radjabov and Wang Yue to win clear first prize with 8/10 at the category XXI Pearl Spring Chess Tournament (2009). Carlsen's performance rating for the tournament was a record 3002 and lifted his FIDE rating in the November 2009 list to 2801, which made him only the fifth player to surpass 2800, and easily the youngest. After a slow start, Carlsen placed equal second with Vassily Ivanchuk behind Vladimir Kramnik in the Category XXI Tal Memorial (2009), which fielded ten of the world's top thirteen rated players. He saw out 2009 with a win at the London Chess Classic (2009), a point ahead of Kramnik, a result which pushed him to the top of the world ratings in January 2010.

In 2010, Carlsen's success continued, winning Corus (2010) outright with 8.5/13, half a point ahead of joint second place finishers Kramnik and Alexey Shirov. In June, he won the category XXI King's Tournament (2010) in Bazna in Romania by a clear two points with 7.5/10 and a 2918 performance. Following mediocre performances at the 2010 Olympiad and the category XXII Bilbao Masters (2010), Carlsen returned to form by winning the category XXI Nanjing Pearl Spring Tournament (2010) outright with 7/10 (+4 -0 =6) and a 2901 rating performance, a full point ahead of World Champion Anand who took outright second with 6/10, and finishing the year by winning the London Chess Classic (2010) for the second time in succession. After a slow start in the Tata Steel (2011) super tournament, Carlsen finished =3rd with Levon Aronian behind Hikaru Nakamura and Anand with 8/13 and a performance rating of 2821. He followed up in June by winning the Bazna King's Tournament (2011) on tiebreak ahead of Karjakin, both finishing with 6.5/10, and by winning Biel Chess Festival (2011) in July with a round to spare and with a final score of 7/10 (TPR 2835). After another characteristically slow start, Carlsen placed =1st with Ivanchuk at the 4th Bilbao Masters (2011) with 15 points under the Bilbao scoring system (+3 -1 =6) and a 2842 performance rating, ultimately winning the tournament in a blitz tiebreaker. Then in November 2011, Carlsen won the Tal Memorial (2011) on tiebreak with 5.5/9 (+2 =7 -0 and a TPR of 2850) over Aronian. Carlsen finished 2011 with 3rd place at the category 20 London Chess Classic (2011) behind Kramnik and Nakamura, scoring +3 =5 (TPR of 2879). 2012 started with =2nd (+4 -1 =8; TPR 2830) behind Aronian and alongside Radjabov and Fabiano Caruana at the Category 21 Tata Steel (2012). He won the category 22 Tal Memorial (2012) outright with 5.5/9 (+2 =7) and a TPR of 2849. The month after his strong results in the World Blitz he finished outright second behind Wang Hao in the Grandmaster Tournament of the Biel Chess Festival (2012). In October 2012, Carlsen repeated his 2011 feat at Bilbao by winning the Bilbao Masters (2012) in a tiebreaker, this time against Caruana. He finished up 2012 by winning the London Chess Classic (2012), the third time he has done so, with a score of 6.5/8 (+5 =3 -0) and a TPR of 2994 (only fractionally below his record effort at Pearl Springs in 2009). London 2012 was also made historic for the fact that Carlsen's result lifted his January 2013 rating to a new record, exceeding Kasparov's record 2851 by 10 points.

Building on his achievements of 2012, Carlsen won the category 20 Tata Steel (2013) tournament with a round to spare, his final score being 10/13. He also set a new live rating record of 2874 after his round 12 win over Nakamura, although this was superseded at the Candidates in March. In May 2013 he played in the category 21 Norway Chess Tournament (2013) held in the Stavanger Region of Norway and came 2nd with 5.5/9, half a point behind the winner Sergey Karjakin; in the preliminary Norway Chess Tournament (Blitz) (2013) held to determine the draw, he came 2nd with 6/9 behind Karjakin, thereby earning 5 games as White out of the 9 to be played. In June he again came outright 2nd, this time at the category 22 Tal Memorial (2013), half a point behind the winner Boris Gelfand. His last hit out before the World Championship match against Anand in November 2013 was the category 22 double round robin Sinquefield Cup (2013), which he won outright with 4.5/6 (+3 =3; TPR of 2966).

Carlsen's first tournament as World Champion is the Zurich Chess Challenge (2014), the first ever category 23 tournament (average rating 2801). He came from behind to take equal first with Aronian in the Zurich Chess Challenge (Blitz) (2014), which determined the colors in the main event (Carlsen has 4 whites and 1 black). By round 4 of the standard time event, he extended his live rating to 2882.6, breaking the record he established in round 3. His round 5 draw with Anand enabled him to finish the standard time event in first place, 2 scoring points ahead of Aronian. He needed 3.5/5 in the Zurich Chess Challenge (Rapid) (2014) played on the final day to guarantee his win in the event, however his 2/5 result was sufficient to win the combined event by one point under the scoring system used. His next event was the category 22 Gashimov Memorial (2014), a new event in honor of the late Azeri GM Vugar Gashimov, which he won outright with a score of 6.5/10, defeating Fabiano Caruana, his rival for first prize, in the last round.

Rapid:

Carlsen won the Glitnir Blitz Tournament in 2006 in Iceland. In September 2006 Carlsen placed 8th out of 16 participants at the World Blitz Championship (2006) in Rishon LeZion, Israel. In the blitz tournament associated with the Tal Memorial 2006, namely the Tal Blitz Cup, Carlsen scored 17½/34 points and placed 9th in a group of 18 participants. In March 2007, Carlsen played for the first time in the Melody Amber blind and rapid chess tournament in Monte Carlo. In the 11 rounds of the 16th Amber Tournament (Blindfold) (2007), he achieved eight draws and three losses (placing =9th) then scored three wins, seven draws and one loss in the 16th Amber Tournament (Rapid) (2007) (=2nd), for an overall 8th place in the combined tournament. In March 2008, Carlsen played for the second time in the Melody Amber blind and rapid chess tournament, which was held in Nice for the first time. Carlsen achieved four wins, four draws and two losses in the Amber Tournament (Blindfold) (2008), and three wins, two losses, and six draws in the Amber Tournament (Blindfold) (2008), resulting in a shared second place in the overall tournament.

In the Chess Classic Mainz (2008), Carlsen finished in second place after losing the final to defending champion Anand 3:1 (two losses, two draws). 2009 saw Carlsen score equal first in the Amber Tournament (Blindfold) (2009) with 7/11 alongside Kramnik and Aronian, and equal second with Veselin Topalov at M-Tel Masters (2009) behind Shirov with a 2822 performance. He also won the XXII Magistral Ciudad de Leon (2009), a rapid knockout tournament, ahead of Morozevich, Ivanchuk, and Wang Yue. Just a few days after his 2nd placement at the Tal Memorial (2009), he won the World Blitz Championship (2009) with 31/42, a full three points ahead of runner-up Anand. He shared first place at the 2010 Amber Rapid and Blindfold Tournament with Ivanchuk; scoring 6½ points in the blindfold and 8 points in the rapid, Carlsen accumulated 14½ from a possible 22 points. After a slow start in the Arctic Securities Chess Stars (2010) rapid tournament, he continued his success by defeating Anand in the two-game playoff for gold. In the World Blitz Championship (2010), held in Moscow on 16–18 November, Carlsen attempted to defend his 2009 title. With a score of 23½/38, he finished in third place behind Radjabov and the winner Aronian. After the tournament, Carlsen played a private 40-game blitz match against Hikaru Nakamura, winning with a score of 23½–16½. A phenomenal 9.5/11, 2.5 points clear of the field, in 20th Amber Tournament (Rapid) (2011) was insufficient for him to win the overall contest, as his results in the 20th Amber Tournament (Blindfold) (2011) were poor, resulting in a 2nd overall to 2008 and 2009 overall winner Aronian. In July 2012 he came clear 2nd in the World Rapid Championship (2012) behind Karjakin with 10.5/15, and clear 2nd in the World Blitz Championship (2012) with 19.5/30, half a point behind Alexander Grischuk.

In June 2014, he realized his ambition to be the triple champion (of standard, rapid and blitz chess) when he won the FIDE World Rapid Championship (2014) with 11/15, half a point ahead of runner-up Caruana, and the FIDE World Blitz Championship (2014) with 17/21, one point clear of Nepomniachtchi and Nakamura.

Matches:

The DSB Bank match between Loek van Wely and Magnus Carlsen took place 28th April - 1st May 2006. The four game classical time limit match was tied 2-2. Carlsen won the blitz portion of the match 3.5-0.5. He won a rapid match against Peter Leko held in Miskolc, Hungary, scoring 5:3 (+2 =6). Carlsen played in a curtain raiser to the Norwegian Championship, winning the Carlsen - Predojevic Rapid Match (2013) by 2.5-1.5 (+1 =3); the match was organized by the "Nansen Center for Peace and Dialogue" to celebrate the long-standing relationship between Lillehammer and Sarajevo. (1)

Team:

<Olympiad>: Carlsen represented Norway on board 1 in the 36th Olympiad (2004), the 37th Chess Olympiad (2006), the 2008 Olympiad (2008) and in the Chess Olympiad (2010). His best result was in the 2006 Olympiad, where he scored 6 points from 8 games and came 5th for board 1.

<National> He played board 1 for Norway at the European Team Chess Championships (2007) and won an individual silver medal.

<Club> Carlsen played four seasons in the European Club Cup. In 2001 and 2003 he played for Asker Norway on board 6 and board 1 (after he had gained his FM title) respectively, while his father Henrik was reserve on both occasions. In 2007 he played board 3 for OS Baden Baden, and in 2008 he played top board for MIKA Yerevan. His total game result from these 4 seasons was 15.5/27 (+11 -7 =9). He also played in the Norwegian Team Championship in 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2006, in the Bundesliga in the 2004-05, 2006-07, 2007/08, 2008-09 seasons, and in the Dutch Team Championship 2007.

<Other> In August 2006, he played in the NH Hotels event featuring the older Experience Team vs Youth team (easily won by the Youth team 28–22), and was equal top scorer with Alexander Beliavsky with 6.5/10.

Rating:

Carlsen's 1 July 2014 FIDE ratings are:

<Standard>: 2877, making him the top ranked player in the world. By the end of the July 2014 rating period, he will have been world number one for a total of 49 months. He holds the record for the longest period as the world's top ranked Junior (U20) - 36 months - from 1 January 2008 until 31 December 2010. He was also both world number one junior and world number one player for the first 10 months of 2010. Furthermore, he holds the record for the highest rating acquired by any player aged 13, and 15 through to 23 inclusive.

<Rapid>: 2855 (world #2); and

<Blitz>: 2948 (world #1).

NB: Carlsen's live rating in rapid chess after winning the rapid crown is 2855, making him #2 rated player in that form of the game a couple of rating points behind Caruana who is #1. His live rating in blitz is 2948, making him number #1, 42 points ahead of world #2 in blitz, Nakamura.

Other:

Carlsen won the Chess Oscars for 2009, 2010, and 2011, and he was also awarded Norway's annual Peer Gynt Prize for 2011 for being "a person or institution that has achieved distinction in society". (2) After he won the World Championship he was awarded Norway's "Name of the Year" award for 2013. (3) He has two sisters, Ellen Oen Carlsen and Ingrid Oen Carlsen. Carlsen helped Anand prepare for the World Chess Championships in 2007 and 2008 and 2010. Carlsen has modeled for G-Star Raw, starting with its Autumn/Winter 2010 advertising campaign.

General Sources:

Carlsen's FIDE player card; Wikipedia article: Magnus Carlsen; live rating: http://www.2700chess.com/; official website: http://www.magnuscarlsen.com/; blogs: http://www.arcticsec.no/index.php?b... (English language); http://simonsenlaw.no/ (Norwegian language); World Championship Index: http://www.mark-weeks.com/chess/wcc...; and Olimpbase, the Encyclopedia of Team Chess: http://www.olimpbase.org/

Footnotes

(1) http://www.peace.no/index.php?optio...; (2) http://www.newsinenglish.no/2011/03...; (3) http://www.nrk.no/sport/videoklipp/...


 page 1 of 66; games 1-25 of 1,649  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. M Svendsen vs Carlsen 1-039 2000 Det åpne NMC02 French, Advance
2. G Kaiser vs Carlsen 0-136 2000 Bayern-chI Bank Hofmann 4thB08 Pirc, Classical
3. Carlsen vs I Cordts 0-130 2000 Bayern-chI Bank Hofmann 4thA31 English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation
4. Carlsen vs I Cordts 0-130 2000 Bayern-chI Bank Hofmann 4thA31 English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation
5. Carlsen vs P Brantzeg 0-152 2000 ASKOs Pinseturnering, Gruppe BC18 French, Winawer
6. T Christenson vs Carlsen 0-146 2000 Det åpne NMB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
7. Carlsen vs T Nielsen 0-145 2000 Det åpne NMA10 English
8. Carlsen vs T Solstad ½-½21 2000 Det åpne NME04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
9. K Ovesen vs Carlsen 1-038 2000 Det åpne NMA46 Queen's Pawn Game
10. H Bartels vs Carlsen ½-½48 2000 Bayern-chI Bank Hofmann 4thC59 Two Knights
11. Toan Thanh Pham vs Carlsen 1-032 2000 Det åpne NMB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
12. Carlsen vs H Sannes 1-060 2000 Det åpne NMA27 English, Three Knights System
13. Carlsen vs L Olzem ½-½36 2000 Bayern-chI Bank Hofmann 4thD00 Queen's Pawn Game
14. A Flaata vs Carlsen 1-024 2000 Stjernen Grand PrixA07 King's Indian Attack
15. Carlsen vs J Svindahl 0-142 2000 Det åpne NMA36 English
16. Carlsen vs J A Nilssen 0-122 2001 Troll MastersB32 Sicilian
17. A Kabashaj vs Carlsen 0-142 2001 Open NOR-chA46 Queen's Pawn Game
18. Carlsen vs T Hall 1-044 2001 HostturneringB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
19. G Hitzgerova vs Carlsen 1-043 2001 Classics IMAC86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
20. M Weighell vs Carlsen 1-021 2001 Nordic ChampionshipsB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
21. Carlsen vs G Wachinger ½-½15 2001 5th OIBMB42 Sicilian, Kan
22. Carlsen vs K R Johansen 1-030 2001 Troll MastersB06 Robatsch
23. B Badea vs Carlsen 1-039 2001 Open NOR-chA07 King's Indian Attack
24. Carlsen vs T Thorhallsson ½-½52 2001 Nordic ChampionshipsA57 Benko Gambit
25. B Kvisvik vs Carlsen ½-½6 2001 Classics IMAB40 Sicilian
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  SatelliteDan: What if Anand retired as World Champ?
Nov-06-10  Petrosianic: If it didn't work for Fischer, it won't work for Carlsen either. In the end, he'll either compete for the title, or go down as someone who was afraid or uninterested. Carlsen isn't even the World #1 any more, but if you gave him 5 rating points so that he was, it would make no difference.
Nov-06-10  BTO7: Sugar your right ....but at the time garry was way ahead in ratings already ...more so the carlsen. Why he was able to take it farther ..and only because he was also number 1 in points. If Magnus takes on this personal challenge to be number 1 in points he will need to hold it at the top to make a stand as Garry did. Anand is the true champ and Magnus knows and doesnt dispute it one bit. Garry didnt have that problem but still...lets just say Anand decides to make a stand with Magnus and a few others...because really its all their problems the FIDE thing. Magnus taking the first step could be historical in a sense. Stay tuned i guess :)

<SatelliteDan> I'd like to see Moro and Naka too ....be great if all the top players just started calling one another out and sponsors would jump in to see the fight. We could have promoters and make it like boxing or ufc match ups :)

Nov-06-10  SugarDom: Garry was world champion when he broke away from FIDE. There's a huge difference there...

Carlsen can't break away from FIDE and hold his own matches....

Nov-06-10  FourQ: @ visayanbraindoctor

Very stirringly put, and I think you've hit the nail on the head.

Though the history hasn't been completely without its convolutions, I don't think it would be incorrect to say the mantle of world champion that Anand now holds is the same one Steinitz claimed way back in 1886 and that every player since has had to claw their way to the top to obtain from the person who did so before them.

The changes that some want, even seemingly moderate ones like seeding the reigning champion into the candidates matches instead of the final match, would represent an irrevocable break with that history and destroy the romance and continuity of the ultimate title in the game of chess.

I think the best that can be done for the sake of fairness is that the process of choosing the challenger be logical and established (maybe a return to "ZICW" as twinlark put it), and that the reigning champion doesn't get any special privileges like a rematch or retaining the title in case of a draw.

I hope Carlsen comes to realise that he can't break the continuity of the the title and then be champion in the same line as Capa, Alekhine, Fischer etc.

Nov-06-10  Petrosianic: Nothing in Carlsen's letter suggests he has any intention of breaking away or holding rival matches. He just seems to think they'll change the format rather than do without him. Since he has no desire to change the format this time, it makes little sense to drop out this time, unless he thinks the challenge of playing under this systemm is too much, which he apparently does.
Nov-06-10
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  SatelliteDan: I think Carlsen is merly pointing out that anyone can beat anyone in a game or in a short amount of games, no?
Nov-06-10
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  twinlark: Carlsen is saying the current system is broken and he personally wants nothing to do with it.

I wish he hadn't, but it's clearly his call.

Nov-06-10  SugarDom: This is the 2nd time Carlsen withdraws from the WC qualifiers. Even if the matches are short, if he just keep playing each time, his chances become better because of the more chances given to him...

I just find it funny that one of the reasons given from above kibitzes was that FIDE was corrupt. Corrupt or not corrupt you have been given 2 chances to play and win the WC...

Carlsen is just being difficult and flimsy...

Nov-06-10
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  twinlark: <FourQ>

I loved the ZICW system as it was designed to allow every chessplayer (depending on national qualification to the zonals) the opportunity to contest the championship; it's only real flaw, easily fixed, was excluding qualified players to prevent over-representation by one country (the Soviet Union).

The changes to ZICW system probably originated from Campomanes' decision to suspend the 1984 match, a mistake with ramifications reverberating through to the present.

Nov-06-10
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  SatelliteDan: I think reputation and status is creeping in here..
Nov-06-10  tsj2000: Hei Magnus, You first become a World Champion and then talk about implementing your own way of running the world championship
Nov-06-10  AVRO38: It's one thing to withdraw from the candidates cycle because of its ad hoc nature, but it's something completely different to say that you will not compete in a match for the world championship because the match format is biased in favor of the champion.

A tournament is simply not conducive to deciding the world championship of chess. The long standing tradition of having to defeat your predecessor in a match has produced an incredible legacy that few other sports can match. The World Championship matches are the very heart and soul of chess history. The WC title would lose all of its prestige if it were decided in a tournament. What would separate the WC from the winner of Linares or Nanjing?

Carlsen has no experience in match play and probably feels (with justification) that he probably cannot beat Anand or Kramnik in a long match. This smells of 1967 when Fischer came up with some lame excuse to back out of the Interzonal because he knew he couldn't beat Spassky or Petrosian (at least not yet).

Nov-06-10  FourQ: @twinlark

I agree. ZICW was the best system ever in place for determining a challenger. It's too bad that it broke down over corruption, rivalry and politics.

It's also too bad that some really interesting players, like Stein, got excluded on the basis that the Soviet contingent not be over-represented.

Nov-06-10  puzzlion: So young, and already the whims of a primadonna...
Nov-06-10  Mameluk: I´d forgive Carlsen stepping out of World championships, if he´s going to win one tournament after another and his blogging stops being so ultimately boring.
Nov-06-10  percyblakeney: I wonder if Carlsen had an idea about how the reactions to his decision would be? A minority that post on the subject seem to think that Carlsen means what he writes. Most people state that he just realised that he isn't good enough to have a chance anyway, that he only can compete against 2600 opposition, that he just wants to draw attention from the Tal Memorial, and so on. He is called a self-absorbed, narcissistic jerk, and is compared unfavourably with Topalov personality wise. While the other players are more altruistic, Carlsen's only interest is trying to get advantages from FIDE, etc. It's a bit fun to see some people so worked up that they post incessantly on various sites, getting more and more agitated :-)
Nov-06-10  I play the Fred: If I could run the chessworld myself, with absolute power, this is what I would do. (Many/most of these ideas are not new and not my own but have fallen out of fashion for some reason)

1) Four interzonal tournaments, seeding the players according to rating so that all four tournaments are approximately equal in strength. If a player is outside the top 40 in the world rankings, it seems unlikely that he could do anything in the candidates' cycle; however, steps would have to be taken if the number 40 player isn't rated substantially higher than the next two, three, five guys on the list. Maybe a "play-in" tournament becomes necessary, or maybe a jury of former candidates/champions nominates the most worthy player in that group.

2) The top two finishers in each interzonal tournament are the eight candidates to become the official challenger. Rating determines the seeding of these eight players - #1 plays #8, #2 plays #7, etc.

3) The first round of the candidates event is a series of 12-game matches. Tiebreaks are determinesd first by four rapid games, then four blitz games, then one armageddon blitz game.

4) The second round of the candidates event is a series of 16-game matches. Again, tiebreaks are determined first by four rapid games, then four blitz games, then one armageddon blitz game.

5) The candidate's final match is a 20-game match. Tiebreaks are determined by eight rapid games, then four blitz games, then one armageddon blitz game.

6) The world champiship match is a 24-game match. No tiebreaks here - if the match is drawn, the champion retains his title but is obligated by rule to play a 24-game rematch against the same opponent in the following year. That match, unfortunately, will require tiebreaks: eight rapids, then eight blitz, and one armageddon.

(I know, I know, an armageddon game for the World Championship. But these two players have had 48 classical games, eight rapid games, and eight blitz games to sort this out and there's a new candidate's cycle coming up. There has to be an end to it sometime)

7) The world championship is contested every two years (except for rematches). In the intervening years, the Chess Olympiad is held.

8) The chess calendar would go something like this - let's begin our cycle in January 2012.

Sometime between January and May of 2012, the Olympiad is held.

June-July 2012: Interzonal tournaments

September-October 2012: Candidates round one

December-January 2013: Candidates round two

March-April 2013: Candidates Final

The World Championship Match is held no sooner than August 1st, 2013.

If a rematch becomes necessary, and if it happens to coincide with the Olympiad, only the two championship contestants need be absent from the Olympiad.

Also: instead of the top forty in rating for the four interzonals, maybe go with the top thirty-seven plus the women's World Champion, the senior World Champion, and the junior World Champion if those players aren't already in the top forty worldwide.

Nov-06-10  percyblakeney: Monokroussos means that it's strange that Carlsen calls the system lengthy and unfair when he himself has been given a spot without qualifying, and implies that Carlsen's score against Kramnik (incorrectly given as 2-5 in wins) may have influenced his decision. He sums up his view on the subject with:

<whether his decision was motivated by arrogance, indolence, fear, or a completely justified sense of indignance at how FIDE is running the world championship, he's likely to discover, as Bobby Fischer and Garry Kasparov did - to their disappointment - that the system is bigger and stronger than even a legend. He can be number one all he wants to, but in the annals of chess history only trivia fans care about ratings; everyone else cares about champions>

http://www.thechessmind.net/blog/20...

Nov-06-10  sightlesswisdom: Many people on here are talking about Carlsen's decision as if it were some big hot-headed protest against FIDE. When I read http://chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp..., however, I get the impression that Carlsen's decision is more about motivation. If he feels less motivated to compete in a system which he feels is unfair, and he wants to play the best chess possible, then it is understandable why he would want to only play in events that would motivate him the most. While it is certainly disappointing that we will not see him competing for the world title until after 2012, I'm glad that Carlsen is doing what he thinks is best for his development as a chess player. Although he suggests some improvements to FIDE in his letter, Carlsen's move seems very different to me than previous actions of Fischer or Kasparov. From the end of the chessbase article: < With your decision are you making a special point against FIDE?

No, it is a personal decision based on what I think is best for me.>

Nov-06-10  Illogic: Carlsen's actions and comments are disappointing. I thought he was better than this. Apparently he doesn't feel he is able to 'run the gauntlet' like Fischer did.

Of course the candidates process is more difficult for the challenger. This is exactly why the World Championship was such a prestigious title. When a challenger rose through the ranks, defeated all of his foes in the interzonals and candidates matches, and then after all that, defeated the sitting champion as well, in a one-on-one setting, there could be NO DOUBT that this player was the best. A true undisputed champion. Isn't that what we want?

Magnus, if you think this whole process represents an insurmountable obstacle to the challenger, I say, look at the history. It's actually quite rare for a champion to successfully defend his title more than once!

Then Carlsen suggests a single round-robin as a world championship event. UGH. A singular tournament will always be completely unsatisfying as a world championship. There are too many variables in a round-robin or double round-robin. Catching certain players when they are having a bad run of form, or tired, or wanting to make a quick draw, all things that can make a big difference in the final standings. Of course a great player will win more tournaments in the long run, but reducing it to one tournament, you're introducing too much randomness and doubt in the champion.

Additionally, such an event is in almost no way different from a typical supertournament such as Linares. This guarantees that the event will be barely a blip in terms of any media recognition.

Nov-06-10  percyblakeney: <Carlsen suggests a single round-robin as a world championship event. UGH>

What he does call a possibility for future cycles is tournaments like the double round robins in 2005 and 2007.

Nov-06-10  kardopov: Greatness cannot be measured by "I like it this way" attitude. If Carlsen wants to be called the undisputed #1, he should swim against the current. If he can do so, and win, then he owns the world. Poor Carlsen, you're a far cry to the greatness attributed to Fischer, Kasparov and Karpov. Don't be a phony young man. Fight!!!
Nov-06-10  kardopov: <Then Carlsen suggests a single round-robin as a world championship event. UGH. A singular tournament will always be completely unsatisfying as a world championship. There are too many variables in a round-robin or double round-robin. Catching certain players when they are having a bad run of form, or tired, or wanting to make a quick draw, all things that can make a big difference in the final standings. Of course a great player will win more tournaments in the long run, but reducing it to one tournament, you're introducing too much randomness and doubt in the champion.> Sir you forgot to mention the chance favoring a certain player because of collusion. This can actually happen in a tournament involving players with special "relations", conspiring enough to make their annointed one the champion.
Nov-06-10  Talimuzakh: WC should be fought in an MMA-UFC type format, 12 rounds of mano-a-mano, bare teeth, bare knuckles of a bloody fight!

Double round robin or any type of tournament style of a world championship is GAY and LAME.

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