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Carlsen 
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Magnus Carlsen
Number of games in database: 1,668
Years covered: 2000 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2863 (2855 rapid, 2948 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2882
Overall record: +419 -176 =463 (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 (166) 
    B90 B40 B30 B43 B46
 Ruy Lopez (105) 
    C78 C65 C84 C67 C88
 Slav (57) 
    D15 D17 D10 D12 D11
 Nimzo Indian (49) 
    E32 E20 E21 E36 E54
 French Defense (38) 
    C11 C00 C02 C10 C03
 Semi-Slav (34) 
    D43 D45 D47 D44
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (165) 
    B33 B30 B22 B90 B77
 Ruy Lopez (115) 
    C67 C95 C65 C69 C78
 Queen's Indian (73) 
    E15 E12 E17 E13 E18
 Nimzo Indian (42) 
    E34 E32 E21 E20 E55
 Slav (38) 
    D12 D15 D17 D11 D10
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (36) 
    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
   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?]
   Gausdal Chess Classics (2007)
   Arctic Chess Challenge (2007)
   Tata Steel (2013)
   Pearl Spring Chess Tournament (2009)
   King's Tournament (2010)
   Norwegian Championship (2005)
   Norwegian Championship (2006)
   Corus Wijk aan Zee Group B (2006)
   Norwegian Championship (2004)
   Midnight Sun Chess Challenge (2006)
   Amber Tournament (Blindfold) (2009)
   Amber Tournament (Blindfold) (2010)
   World Chess Cup (2007)
   FIDE World Cup (2005)
   XXII Reykjavik Open (2006)

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   Carlsen Favorites by chocobonbon
   Carlsen's winning miniatures by alexmagnus
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MAGNUS CARLSEN
(born Nov-30-1990, 23 years old) 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 was 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. Although he was the only undefeated player at the Norway Chess Tournament (2014), he won insufficient games to win the event, which was successfully defended by last year's winner, Sergei Karjakin. In August 2014, he played in the category 23 (only the second such strength event) Sinquefield Cup (2014) and came outright second with 5.5/10, 3 points behind Caruana, the runaway leader of the tournament.

Next event

His next event will be to defend his World Championship title against Anand in November 2014. The venue will be Sochi in Russia.

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 Olympiad (2008), the Chess Olympiad (2010) and in the Chess Olympiad (2014). 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:

The highest official rating achieved by Carlsen to date was 2882 in May 2014. His highest live rating was 2889.2 on 21 April 2014.

Carlsen's 1 September 2014 FIDE ratings are:

<Standard>: 2870, making him the top ranked player in the world. By the end of the September 2014 rating period, he will have been world number one for a total of 51 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).

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 67; games 1-25 of 1,668  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Toan Thanh Pham vs Carlsen 1-032 2000 Det åpne NMB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
2. Carlsen vs L Olzem ½-½36 2000 Bayern-chI Bank Hofmann 4thD00 Queen's Pawn Game
3. Carlsen vs H Sannes 1-060 2000 Det åpne NMA27 English, Three Knights System
4. Carlsen vs J Svindahl 0-142 2000 Det åpne NMA36 English
5. Carlsen vs I Cordts 0-130 2000 Bayern-chI Bank Hofmann 4thA31 English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation
6. A Flaata vs Carlsen 1-024 2000 Stjernen Grand PrixA07 King's Indian Attack
7. M Svendsen vs Carlsen 1-039 2000 Det åpne NMC02 French, Advance
8. Carlsen vs P Brantzeg 0-152 2000 ASKOs Pinseturnering, Gruppe BC18 French, Winawer
9. G Kaiser vs Carlsen 0-136 2000 Bayern-chI Bank Hofmann 4thB08 Pirc, Classical
10. Carlsen vs I Cordts 0-130 2000 Bayern-chI Bank Hofmann 4thA31 English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation
11. T Christenson vs Carlsen 0-146 2000 Det åpne NMB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
12. Carlsen vs T Nielsen 0-145 2000 Det åpne NMA10 English
13. Carlsen vs T Solstad ½-½21 2000 Det åpne NME04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
14. H Bartels vs Carlsen ½-½48 2000 Bayern-chI Bank Hofmann 4thC59 Two Knights
15. K Ovesen vs Carlsen 1-038 2000 Det åpne NMA46 Queen's Pawn Game
16. M Kouvatsou vs Carlsen  ½-½37 2001 ECCC55 Two Knights Defense
17. R T Andersen vs Carlsen  0-132 2001 Astlandserien 01/02 div. 1, SOSS - AskerE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
18. Carlsen vs S Rukovci ½-½6 2001 Open NOR-chA21 English
19. Carlsen vs J L Hammer 1-045 2001 Nordic-chTD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
20. K Ribbegren vs Carlsen 1-028 2001 Astlandserien 01/02 div. 1, Asker - ASKO IE30 Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad
21. Carlsen vs A Caoili ½-½34 2001 Classics IMAB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
22. Carlsen vs D Stojanovski  ½-½20 2001 ECCA34 English, Symmetrical
23. O Hagberg vs Carlsen 0-138 2001 Open NOR-chC42 Petrov Defense
24. H Sorensen vs Carlsen 1-050 2001 Troll MastersD48 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran
25. Carlsen vs E Vegh 0-134 2001 Classics IMAB40 Sicilian
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Nov-13-12  Jambow: <Excuses don't count. What "should have happened" is irrelevant. Anand has yet to be beaten in a match by his peers.>

If its set up so in all likelyhood Anand doesn't face his most worthy challengers then its sorta a Stauntonish claim to fame, except in Vishy's case he is not the one causing the situation that falls on FIDE.

Vishy certainy was a worthy world champion and is a great spokes person and true gentelman, but I think Carlsen or Aronian are the better player. Again I am now of the opinion that if you maintain a higher elo than the WC for 1 continous year, you should be allowed to challenge him with that qualification alone. Should they fail to dethrone the champ and another person meets that same criterea then they get the next chance and so forth. This has went on long enough and is dmaging the reputation of FIDE as hard as that is, but also Vishy who is worthy of his good name.

Nov-13-12  Judah: <<alexmagnus>: And no, the line is not century-old. It starts with <Karpov>, not with Steinitz. The Steinitz line ended with Alekhine.>

I stand corrected.

<And no, <Judah>, the world champion is not <necessarily> the best one-on-one player, because of all those "A beats B, B beats C, C beats A" scenarios.>

If you grant my addition of "necessarily", then I take your point, and that's a good argument for having other ways (as we do) of reckoning "best", but unless you utterly dismiss out of hand the notion of a "best one-vs-one player" existing—that is, you think that <every> player out there has a nemesis who is favored against him in an extended match—it's still worth trying to identify that potential "best match player in the world", which is what the WC tries to do (if we overlook the issue of selecting the challenger).

My fantasy World Championship (read: what I would set up if I had a few billion dollars to spare) would be a perpetual, open-ended knockout tournament, where each round is a match that lasts until a winner is determined. If you're knocked out of one level, you drop to the level below, where you wait until there's someone to pair you with. The World Champion is the guy on top.

Nov-13-12  Arcturar: Judah, that's an interesting idea, but it is infeasible to hold matches constantly for many reasons. The absolute maximum any world champ should be ecpected to play is 2 matches per year, though 1 is better. Having too many frequent WCCs and handing around of the title would massively deflate its worth. So your system would boil down to roughly what the last Candidates were, in some sense, when the matches are shortened and limited to meet real world constraints. Plus this wouldn't leave any time for independant DRRs and the like.

Personally, I like the current DRR system with an elaborate Grand Prix leading up to it, as it is quite exciting and builds up tension. Plus I am of the opinion that a World Champ should be good at both match play and tournament play, which the super stromg DRR ensures.

Nov-13-12
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  Kinghunt: <HeMateMe> Is stating that Anand's last two matches were tied going into the last round making excuses? It seems clear to me from that that Anand has in no way demonstrated that he is superior to other top GMs in match play.
Nov-13-12  Judah: <Arcturar>, I'd admit my idea is probably impractical and certainly unrealistic, which is why it's only a fantasy of mine, but I contest "infeasible". You raise a number of strong objections to "hold[ing] matches constantly", all of which I sustain—but I don't propose to force more frequent World Championships, and by that same token, my system wouldn't require holding matches constantly.

Describing it as a "tournament" may have been misleading: I meant "tournament" to describe its format, not its time frame (after all, I also called it "perpetual"). Each individual match could be scheduled as convenient, with interruptions as necessary, making it absolutely flexible. No one would <have> to play at any particular time to contend for the World Championship but anyone could <choose> to contend for it at any time. In essence, I'm not proposing so much an event as a ladder system for match play.

Withal, it's still a pipe dream.

Nov-13-12
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  SetNoEscapeOn: <Kinghunt: Just an addendum: Anand's matches against Topalov and against Gelfand were tied going into the final game. So it doesn't seem particularly hard for a top GM to draw a match against Anand. Would Anand really be the favorite in rapid/blitz tiebreaks against Grischuk, Radjabov, Kramnik, Aronian, or Carlsen? I certainly wouldn't say so>

Why not, if we're going to be as superficial as you are with his match wins? The last time he played rapid with those boys it wasn't exactly a close contest:

Botvinnik Memorial Rapid (2011)

Nov-13-12  drik: <<alexmagnus>: And no, the line is not century-old. It starts with <Karpov>, not with Steinitz. The Steinitz line ended with Alekhine.>

If the champion is dead or unwilling to defend, then alternatives are clearly necessary. Anand is alive & willing to defend for the fourth time in seven years - so there is no parallel.

Boxing has a "man who beat the man" linear title. Marciano retired undefeated - & I have never heard anyone doubt the legitimacy of subsequent champions on that basis ... or regard the chain of the title as being broken.

Personally, I regard Adolf Anderssen as world champion from 1851–58 and 1860–65 ... & Morphy as world champion in between. They played internationally, ducked nobody, & form a continuous link to Steinitz. Indeed the London 1851 tournament was even described as being "for the baton of the World’s Chess Champion, which will be the victor’s meed". http://www.chesscafe.com/text/spinr...

Even if you disagree with the exact date; a history going back a century & a half is the most precious element the title possess. Those who want to eliminate it, will throw away the family silver to replace it with plastic cutlery - all on the grounds of convenience. Will anyone remember the 'disposable champions' Khalifman, Kasimdzhanov and Ponomariov a hundred years from now?

Nov-13-12
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  HeMateMe: <but I think Carlsen or Aronian are the better player.>

Too bad it hasn't been proven. Aronian got knocked out in the latest round of qualifying matches. Magnus Carlsen wouldn't participate.

By your reasoning, Bobby Fischer should have been world champion years earlier, because he was the best tournament player of the 60s. Fischer didn't get to be world champion, until he went through the whole drill of qualifying events, knockout matches,and a final match with Spassky.

Get real.

Nov-14-12
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  Bureaucrat: <Too bad it hasn't been proven. Aronian got knocked out in the latest round of qualifying matches. Magnus Carlsen wouldn't participate.>

How about looking for proof somewhere else than the latest FIDE knockout matches?

<By your reasoning, Bobby Fischer should have been world champion years earlier>

Wrong. His reasoning wasn't anything like that.

Get real.

Nov-14-12
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  Shams: <HeMateMe><Too bad it hasn't been proven.>

It gets proven several times a year in super-tournaments. Matches are a relic, and any notion that Anand is a "definitive No.1" is fiction. If it were definitive, we wouldn't be arguing about it, would we?

Nov-14-12
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  HeMateMe: <How about looking for proof somewhere else than the latest FIDE knockout matches?

>
I'm sorry, but I can't. Nothing chrystalizes your place in the chess world better than match play. It is the litmus test.

If an analogy would persuade you, consider this: The Boston Celtics were the greatest team of the late 1950s, and the 60s. This is basketball. They won 11 world titles in 13 years. However, by 1969 they were getting old and creaky. Their best players were no longer young; some of them were gone. That year the Celtics did not finish the year with the best record. But, somehow they dug up a reserve and started winning the playoff series, against various teams. Seven games, winner is the first to get four wins.

In the final round, best of seven series, the Celtics beat the Los Angeles Lakers, 4-3. It came down to thelast game.

Any team could beat them in a single game. But--the acid test--can you face down one team, and beat them 4 out of 7?

A bit like match play, I think. By your reasoining and <Shams>, Some other team should have been "crowned" world champion at the end of the 82 game season, by dint of their won/loss record. No drama in that at all, and it doesn't give the best team, the Celtics, a chance to face down their competitiors in the more difficult playoff series (more difficult than just compiling a good won/loss record).

A lot of players could beat Gerry Kasparov once, in a tournament, but how many could beat him in a match? Only one, in his career. Match play helped cement his legacy.

I guess you can argue the point forever, but the chess world wants the champion to win his crown in a match, and take it away from the reigning champion. The best against the best.

If Magnus Carlsen won't participate, then he isn't the best.

I realize that scandanavian folks are somewhat biased in this, what with MC being from Norway. I don't feel that way about American chessplayers. I admire them and am critical of them, all at the same time. If you could be more objective about MC, you would admit that match play has its merits.

Nov-14-12
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  Shams: <HeMateMe>< Nothing crystalizes your place in the chess world better than match play. It is the litmus test.>

Because it was handed down on tablets from the gods?

Magnus Carlsen is the strongest player in the world, and it's amusing to watch people try to deny it.

Nov-14-12
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  HeMateMe: Well, then why doesn't he PROVE it? You have to take down the bully on the block to be champ. Mr. Anand is the sitting champion.
Nov-14-12
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  Shams: <HeMateMe><Well, then why doesn't he PROVE it? You have to take down the bully on the block to be champ. Mr. Anand is the sitting champion.>

Yes, we've been over this. He proves it several times a year when he reliably outperforms the other top ten in super-tournaments. Haven't you noticed that Anand can barely win a game? Do you think he just isn't trying?

Nov-14-12
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  HeMateMe: Well, I guess it will be an academic argument if Magnus wins the Candidates tournament and gets to challange Anand. I would make him a favorite.

But, if you followed the posts above, MC is really in the same position that Bobby Fischer was in. Great tournament record. But, if you refuse to go through the qualifying process, and then play the final match, no one will consider you the world champion.

Maybe you would have had Bobby Fischer officially crowned world champion sometime in the 1960s, when he was the best tournament player in the world. It doesn't matter. History says that Fischer did not become world champion until 1972, when he won a 24 game match with Boris Spassky.

If the sporting public doesn't bend the rules (as you do) for Robert Fischer, then they certainly won't bend them for Magnus Carlsen.

Isn't this a bit like boxing? If you want to be world heavyweight champion, you have to beat Muhammed Ali in the ring. You don't get DECLARED champion because you won more fights against common opponents, or some nonsense like that. Titles have to be won face to face.

The majority agrees with me, otherwise cheapskate FIDE would simply skip any sort of world championship schedule.

Nov-14-12
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  Shams: <HeMateMe> <But, if you followed the posts above, MC is really in the same position that Bobby Fischer was in. Great tournament record.>

Rubbish, Carlsen's tournament record is already many times more impressive than Fischer's career tourney record was. But at least you admitted Anand was weaker than Carlsen.

Nov-14-12
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  Bureaucrat: <By your reasoining and <Shams>, Some other team should have been "crowned" world champion at the end of the 82 game season, by dint of their won/loss record.>

What on earth are you talking about? When did I even imply anything in the direction that Carlsen, or anyone else other than Anand, should be crowned world champion?

You are comparing the strength of Anand and Carlsen by referring to the FIDE candidates matches, although neither of them played in those matches. That's totally ridiculous.

Nov-14-12
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  Shams: At this point, the "World Chess Championship" has about as much cachet as the conch does in "Lord of the Flies".
Nov-14-12
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  HeMateMe: Shams I don't think your chess-as-tennis rule change is going to work out. You won't get many votes.
Nov-14-12
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  Bureaucrat: <At this point, the "World Chess Championship" has about as much cachet as the conch does in "Lord of the Flies".>

The title has been devalued by the lottery-style qualification cycle. I would disagree with a claim the 2012 world championship match against Gelfand proves that Anand is the best player in the world.

Nov-14-12
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  rogge: <I would disagree with a claim the 2012 world championship match against Gelfand proves that Anand is the best player in the world>

I don't think the match even proves that Anand is better than Gelfand ;)

Nov-14-12  Troller: I don't know that the qualification involved lottery this time around. The main issue is that the format was changed after it had been started, this is unacceptable. Luckily, one of the "real" qualifiers also ended up actually winning the candidates. And yes, 4 classical games followed by rapid and blitz is not much, yes we would all like more games, but chess is not a lottery afaik.

I also highly doubt that the majority of chessplayers would like a tennis-system, where we get rid of the world champion title and only have the ratings list (and mind, for a long time Wozniacki was #1 female tennis player without ever winning a grand slam, so we might have similar credibility issues in that system). As I think <Judah> mentioned, there is a certain gravity in the chess world champion title, dating back ~150 years. Why throw that away? I don't think it is a goal in itself to be like tennis.

Nov-14-12
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  Bureaucrat: The world championship match has a very long tradition, and I am a fan of traditions. I like the system in which the challenger has to face the reigning champion in a match. The match should be long - 20 games or more.

The qualification cycle has not been any good, but i think FIDE is on the right track with the new system. An 8-player DRR with the best players in the world, some qualified by being the top rated players, some through grand prix and world cup; I really like it.

Nov-14-12  Arcturar: I think that regardless of whether Carlsen > Anand, which he may well be, Anand deserves to be considered greater at the moment. He is sitting on the title because he has managed to bet away every competitor for it, time and time again. Gelfand was the best player in the Candidates last time, and deserved to win it and have his chance against Anand. No matter if Magnus plays at 3000 elo, failing to get to Anand in the same way means that he rightfully denied of a shot. One must go through what the current champ did (beat the last champ) to win the greatness of being WCC. Titles not competed for, no matter the reason, are inherently not won. Else Fischer triumphed in 1975 and actually was the best player until his death (yeah, right).
Nov-14-12  Arcturar: I guess my point is that proving temporary tournamen strength does not display the same level of chess needed to beat Anand in a match right now. Apart from the opening, play has to be much "deeper" than what Carlsen sometimes plays against players like Karjakin.
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