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Magnus Carlsen
Number of games in database: 1,582
Years covered: 2000 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2881
Overall record: +405 -172 =443 (61.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      562 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (161) 
    B90 B40 B30 B43 B46
 Ruy Lopez (103) 
    C78 C65 C67 C84 C88
 Slav (52) 
    D15 D17 D12 D10 D11
 Nimzo Indian (47) 
    E32 E20 E21 E36 E54
 French Defense (37) 
    C11 C00 C02 C10 C18
 Semi-Slav (33) 
    D43 D45 D47 D44
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (161) 
    B33 B30 B22 B90 B76
 Ruy Lopez (109) 
    C67 C95 C65 C69 C78
 Queen's Indian (71) 
    E15 E12 E17 E13 E18
 Nimzo Indian (38) 
    E34 E21 E32 E55 E37
 Grunfeld (35) 
    D85 D86 D80 D82 D70
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (35) 
    C95 C91 C88 C96 C90
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Carlsen vs S Ernst, 2004 1-0
   Carlsen vs H Harestad, 2003 1-0
   Kramnik vs Carlsen, 2008 0-1
   J L Hammer vs Carlsen, 2003 0-1
   Anand vs Carlsen, 2013 0-1
   Carlsen vs Karjakin, 2013 1-0
   Carlsen vs Gelfand, 2013 1-0
   Carlsen vs Anand, 2012 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?]
   Norwegian Championship (2004)
   FIDE World Cup (2005)
   Norwegian Championship (2005)
   Corus Wijk aan Zee Group B (2006)
   XXII Reykjavik Open (2006)
   Midnight Sun Chess Challenge (2006)
   Norwegian Championship (2006)
   Arctic Chess Challenge (2007)
   World Chess Cup (2007)
   Pearl Spring Chess Tournament (2009)
   Amber Tournament (Blindfold) (2010)
   Tata Steel (2013)

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   The Carlsen Chronicles by MoonlitKnight
   Guess-the-Move Chess: 2000-2010 (Part 1) by Anatoly21
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   Carlsen Favorites by chocobonbon
   Guess-the-Move Chess: 2000-2010 (Part 2) by Anatoly21
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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).

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.

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.

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 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 April 2014 FIDE ratings are:

<Standard>: 2881, making him the top ranked player in the world with a new record highest ever official rating, beating his own previous record by 9 points. By the end of the April 2014 rating period, he will have been world number one for a total of 46 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>: 2827; and

<Blitz>: 2837.

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 64; games 1-25 of 1,582  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Carlsen vs H Sannes 1-060 2000 Det åpne NMA27 English, Three Knights System
2. A Flaata vs Carlsen 1-024 2000 Stjernen Grand PrixA07 King's Indian Attack
3. Carlsen vs J Svindahl 0-142 2000 Det åpne NMA36 English
4. H Bartels vs Carlsen ½-½48 2000 Bayern-chI Bank Hofmann 4thC59 Two Knights
5. G Kaiser vs Carlsen 0-136 2000 Bayern-chI Bank Hofmann 4thB08 Pirc, Classical
6. M Svendsen vs Carlsen 1-039 2000 Det åpne NMC02 French, Advance
7. Carlsen vs I Cordts 0-130 2000 Bayern-chI Bank Hofmann 4thA31 English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation
8. Carlsen vs P Brantzeg 0-152 2000 ASKOs Pinseturnering, Gruppe BC18 French, Winawer
9. Carlsen vs L Olzem ½-½36 2000 Bayern-chI Bank Hofmann 4thD00 Queen's Pawn Game
10. T Christenson vs Carlsen 0-146 2000 Det åpne NMB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
11. Carlsen vs T Nielsen 0-145 2000 Det åpne NMA10 English
12. Carlsen vs I Cordts 0-130 2000 Bayern-chI Bank Hofmann 4thA31 English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation
13. Carlsen vs T Solstad ½-½21 2000 Det åpne NME04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
14. K Ovesen vs Carlsen 1-038 2000 Det åpne NMA46 Queen's Pawn Game
15. Toan Thanh Pham vs Carlsen 1-032 2000 Det åpne NMB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
16. O Hagberg vs Carlsen 0-138 2001 Open NOR-chC42 Petrov Defense
17. H Sorensen vs Carlsen 1-050 2001 Troll MastersD48 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran
18. Carlsen vs E Vegh 0-134 2001 Classics IMAB40 Sicilian
19. J A Nilssen vs Carlsen  1-048 2001 Nordic ChampionshipsE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
20. C Grubert vs Carlsen 1-024 2001 Troll MastersC42 Petrov Defense
21. Carlsen vs K Indrebo 1-035 2001 ECCA81 Dutch
22. Carlsen vs J A Nilssen 0-122 2001 Troll MastersB32 Sicilian
23. A Kabashaj vs Carlsen 0-142 2001 Open NOR-chA46 Queen's Pawn Game
24. Carlsen vs T Hall 1-044 2001 HostturneringB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
25. G Hitzgerova vs Carlsen 1-043 2001 Classics IMAC86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
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Jun-28-12  theagenbiteofinwit: Magnus Carlsen is what's right about chess today.

I would give anything to be a chess journalist and have some super GM say "well you know, opening analysis has gotten to the point where draws are always inevitable, yada, yada, yada,"

I'd retort with "Well, the best player in the world is probably the weakest out of the top 10 players or worse when it comes to openings, yet somehow he routinely crushes in Super GM tournaments."

Jun-29-12  polarmis: <theagenbiteofinwit>, Grischuk had a nice objection to the suggestion Carlsen's success proved opening preparation and draws weren't a problem: http://whychess.org/node/514

<Grischuk: I’d also like to say a little more about classical chess, as I thought a lot about it in Kazan. Imagine that in football the goal was twice as narrow. How would the majority of matches finish?

Vlad Tkachiev: 0-0.

A.G.: OK. But then imagine another player comes along who represents a mixture of Messi, Bolt and Schwarzenegger, and then he starts to regularly run rings around half the team, and then the goalkeeper, and whack! A goal! His team would, of course, start to win continually. Great! But still, does that mean the goals should be that small? And so now we’ve got Carlsen. Despite often having bad positions with either colour he still manages to post great results. But that doesn’t mean nothing needs to be changed – reduce the time, widen the damn goals!>

Jun-29-12  kardopov: <If they both openly challenged Anand I would give Magnus first dibs and if he declined Aonian would be on deck.> In boxing, the promoter has a say to whom the champion should stake his belt. If it is profitable, then the fight would proceed. I think chess should be professionalized like this. Hence, any contender may have an equal chance to challenge the champion.
Jun-29-12  Blunderdome: If it were so easy to draw we would have seen a Grischuk - Anand match this year.

It isn't.

Jun-29-12  polarmis: <Blunderdome> - to be fair to Grischuk, he's always made it clear he doesn't have himself in mind when he talks about people being so well-prepared with Black that it's almost impossible to get anything against them if they want a draw.
Jun-29-12  Blunderdome: Huh, I never saw that as part of his rhetoric. Example?

I remember more comments like "I'll bury rapid chess, too!"

Jun-29-12  Chessmaster9001: Carlsen`s comment on Gelfand`s worthiness for WC title seems quite arrogant for me. Gelfand is a very modest person and fair sportsman. His recent championship match with Anand was a model of sportsmanship and fair-play. He well-deserved his spot in the candidates and proved that again during the match with Vischy. In this regard such comment of Carlsen, undisputed number 1 in the world by means of rating reminds me of old times of Gazza ruling the chess world and making arrogant and inappropriate comments about top GM`s.."like Shirov is a tourist" or "this is Short and match will be short"...
Jun-29-12
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  KKDEREK: as I said...
Jun-29-12  Arcturar: <Carlsen`s comment on Gelfand`s worthiness for WC title seems quite arrogant for me.> It doesn't seem that way to me at all! First of all, Magnus never whined about Gelfand on his own; but he was finally asked a direct question and gave an interesting, direct answer which most players seem to agree with. How is calling someone a "tremendous player" even slightly disparaging? Looking at the last few years and Magnus' games against Boris in particular, one might be able to say something far more harsh than that. I really like Boris and he totally deserved the chance to play Anand; Magnus is not disputing that fact. Both players in the WCC (and Grischuk in the Candidates) simply made the best decisions they could to try to win under FIDE's lousy system. But in the end, everything happened as it should have, in my opinion: Boris finally got his chance and was paid off quite handsomely for his efforts, while Anand kept the title and with it the "status quo" so to speak. Hopefully we will see Aronian crush Anand next time, while there aren't as many interesting match-ups Gelfand could be in...

I've sort of gone off track, so I'll just say that Magnus was being as honest yet respectful as possible; as everyone, he definately respects Boris as a person and as a chessplayer, but the results of Aronian, Kramnik, and himself for the last while have just been one class higher. If Boris wants to be considered a wholly correct WCC candidate, he should try to win at least one lousy super tournament soon, haha. Because while Magnus and Levon are taking everything home, they will be considered the better players, and quite fairly too.

Jun-29-12  polarmis: <Blunderdome: Huh, I never saw that as part of his rhetoric. Example? I remember more comments like "I'll bury rapid chess, too!">

But the <I'll bury rapid chess, too!> was just a joke, as the context makes clear.

An example of Grischuk pointing out it's not just anyone who can draw: http://www.chessintranslation.com/2...

<...that’s not so simple, you have to have done it like Kramnik – to be phenomenally prepared… in that case you really do get this so-called death.>

Jun-29-12  Nadark: To those that say Carlsen is far more better than any other GM to contest for WC why can't he simply enter the tournament and win. Is the candidates tournament different from the tournaments that earned him such a high rating? 'If u have what it takes, show it' the statement I go by.
Jun-29-12
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  Kinghunt: <Nadark> That is indeed the plan. He will be competing in the upcoming Candidates tournament.
Jul-03-12  frogbert: nadark, carlsen isn't much better than his closest peers. hardly better at all, actually - except when it comes to consistency, where he's extraordinary.

however, this implies no superiority in a single event: technically the chance is about 3-4 times as big that somebody else wins the next candidates as it is that carlsen wins itfcc. but i don't think any single other player has as good chances as carlsen.

Jul-03-12
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  Shams: <frog><technically the chance is about 3-4 times as big that somebody else wins the next candidates as it is that carlsen wins itfcc.>

Come on man, don't make me look up acronyms that even google doesn't know. =)

I've thought for a while you are underselling Carlsen's chances.

I would handicap the next candidate's tournament thusly: a third of the chances are Carlsen's, a third are Aronian's, and the last third goes to the field.

Jul-03-12
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  Reisswolf: <frogbert>, I would have agreed with you if you had said that Carlsen's head-to-head results against his closest peers aren't much better than those of any of the others.

However, as a pure chess player, I contend that Carlsen is indeed "much better" than his closest peers--Anand, Kramnik and Aronian included. To be the number one player in the world in this day and age, in spite of a stubborn refusal to work on openings, one must possess a natural ability that exceeds the stupendous labours of his peers. Other than Capablanca, no one has demonstrated such an effortless skill.

Ask yourself this: Do Anand, Kramnik and Aronian have the same level of natural talent as Capablanca? If not, we may safely assume, by transitivity, that they do not have the natural talent of Carlsen either.

Jul-03-12
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  Shams: What is the % of super-tournaments that Carlsen won, over the last few years? He has to be close to 40-50%.
Jul-03-12
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  Kinghunt: <Shams: What is the % of super-tournaments that Carlsen won, over the last few years? He has to be close to 40-50%.>

That's an understatement. Since Nanjing 2009, he has competed in 16 supertournaments, and won 11 of them. If you do the math, that's about a 70% tournament win rate for Carlsen. (In case you're wondering, he finished second in 2 of the remaining events, and third in the other 3. He has only finished out of the top three in any event once in the last 4.5 years, at Corus 2009.)

So, in short, I would conclude that Carlsen has a very large edge going into the Candidates. Conservatively, I would say that him versus the rest of the field is an even bet, but I'd probably even favor him. Winning 70% of his events in the past 3 years is simply incredible.

Jul-03-12
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  Bobby Fiske: I guess Carlsen will invest quite some resources preparing for the Candidates.

He knows that the others prepare a lot, and there is too much prestige involved, just for him to show up unprepared. I expect him to play somewhat sharper/more precise in the opening phase.

Jul-03-12
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  Kinghunt: The format of the Candidates seems to help Carlsen as well. Not only is it tournament-style, but it's a double round robin tournament. Now, Carlsen does well in all tournament styles, but I've noticed that he does particularly well in double round robins. In the same three year period, Carlsen has competed in 7 double round robins, and won 6 of them (all but Bilbao 2010), for an 85% victory rate in DRRs. Yes, some of this is due to DRRs typically having fewer players than RRs, but I think this goes beyond that. Of course, I can't prove this claim, but it's something else that's interesting to think about.
Jul-03-12
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  Shams: <Kinghunt> Thanks for that! Still, while Aronian has been (much) less consistent, I think he is the only one whose ability can match Carlsen's. So, I'd give him more of a chance than a similar analysis of his recent super-tournament success might indicate.

My newly revised but still scientific odds table for a WCC CT:

Carlsen: 50%
Aronian: 33%
The Field: 17%

Jul-03-12
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  Jambow: <How do we know their rating is not inflated and over protected?>

By the fact that they both have played a significant number of games against top level opponents, rating inflation of players playing in the same era would be relatively equal as inflation is generally understood to increase overtime making the comparision between current and past players difficult, but not between contemporaries?

In other words do you have a specific point are you saying my assesment of Carlsen and Aronian as being worthy challengers to Anand is wrong? If so why? I think they are both two notches better than Gelfand am I wrong or are you just trying to continue the inflation debate?

I conceded that the link on the Nakamura page using the very methods I proposed has cast a great doubt on inflation as understood, not utterly convinced yet but much more so. I have always maintained we have a broader talent pool because of increased population, and exposure to chess. Also a dramatic increase in chess knowledge do to the internet and computers so that some of the increase is genuinly related to player skill.

My point is that I'm glad we have a format that Carlsen will play in, and if we had another high degree of chance elimination minimatch of short duration I would rather have had Carlsen and or Aronian challenge Anand directly. That seems not to be necessary now so I'm content and think the next WC cycle will be much better. No offence to Gelfand who did step up and meet the challenge I just think Anand and himself either one is the best player in the game today.

I really like Anand but he has not impressed me for years now, the Topolov match was subpar also imho. I don't think Nakamura would have much chance against Aronian and less against Carlsen but against Anand or Gelfand I think he would have very good chances. Thats entirely subjective but I guess pretty well.

Jul-03-12
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  Kinghunt: I think we can rely on Carlsen to turn in at least a solid 2850+ performance in the Candidates. That means that if he doesn't win, it's because someone else has a higher performance. So, the question to ask is who else has a sizeable chance of producing a 2850+ performance? This isn't meant as a criticism of them in any way, but I'm not sure Svidler, Grischuk, Gelfand, or Radjabov have <ever> had a 2850+ performance. I didn't exhaustively look through their past results though, so please correct me if I'm wrong. So barring a major collapse on Carlsen's part, we should focus primarily on Kramnik, Aronian, and Ivanchuk. If we assume a 2850+ perfomance is needed to win, based on their records, the other four players have little to no chance of winning. (They will, however, play important roles as spoilers.)
Jul-03-12
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  Eyal: Judging by the past experience of Linares during the years in which it used to have the same format as that of the upcoming candidates (14 rounds DDR), there's a good chance that a +3 score will be enough for clear first. It was so in 2006 (Aronian), 2007 (Anand) & 2008 (Anand), whereas in 2009 Grischuk & Ivanchuk shared first with +2. The WC tournament in Mexico 2007 was also in this format, and there a +4 score was enough for Anand to win by a full point margin.
Jul-04-12
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  wordfunph: "My goal in chess is to reach a rating of 2903. Because it's the first prime number after 2900."

- Magnus Carlsen

Jul-04-12
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  OBIT: His current rating is 2837, which is also a prime number. That must make him very happy. He has eight prime numbers to go to hit his 2903 target.
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