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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 C84 C67 C88
 Slav (56) 
    D15 D17 D12 D10 D11
 Nimzo Indian (47) 
    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 (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 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?]
   Tata Steel (2013)
   Arctic Chess Challenge (2007)
   Pearl Spring Chess Tournament (2009)
   King's Tournament (2010)
   Norwegian Championship (2004)
   Corus Wijk aan Zee Group B (2006)
   Norwegian Championship (2005)
   Norwegian Championship (2006)
   Amber Tournament (Blindfold) (2009)
   Midnight Sun Chess Challenge (2006)
   Amber Tournament (Blindfold) (2010)
   European Team Chess Championships (2007)
   FIDE World Cup (2005)
   World Chess Cup (2007)
   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) 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. G Kaiser vs Carlsen 0-136 2000 Bayern-chI Bank Hofmann 4thB08 Pirc, Classical
2. Carlsen vs T Nielsen 0-145 2000 Det åpne NMA10 English
3. Carlsen vs I Cordts 0-130 2000 Bayern-chI Bank Hofmann 4thA31 English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation
4. Carlsen vs T Solstad ½-½21 2000 Det åpne NME04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
5. Carlsen vs L Olzem ½-½36 2000 Bayern-chI Bank Hofmann 4thD00 Queen's Pawn Game
6. K Ovesen vs Carlsen 1-038 2000 Det åpne NMA46 Queen's Pawn Game
7. Toan Thanh Pham vs Carlsen 1-032 2000 Det åpne NMB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
8. Carlsen vs I Cordts 0-130 2000 Bayern-chI Bank Hofmann 4thA31 English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation
9. Carlsen vs H Sannes 1-060 2000 Det åpne NMA27 English, Three Knights System
10. Carlsen vs J Svindahl 0-142 2000 Det åpne NMA36 English
11. M Svendsen vs Carlsen 1-039 2000 Det åpne NMC02 French, Advance
12. Carlsen vs P Brantzeg 0-152 2000 ASKOs Pinseturnering, Gruppe BC18 French, Winawer
13. A Flaata vs Carlsen 1-024 2000 Stjernen Grand PrixA07 King's Indian Attack
14. T Christenson vs Carlsen 0-146 2000 Det åpne NMB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
15. H Bartels vs Carlsen ½-½48 2000 Bayern-chI Bank Hofmann 4thC59 Two Knights
16. S Gabrielsen vs Carlsen 0-141 2001 Nordic ChampionshipsD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
17. G Gaasland vs Carlsen 0-125 2001 Astlandserien 01/02 div. 1, Follo - AskerE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
18. Carlsen vs H Lahlum  ½-½42 2001 Classics IMAC02 French, Advance
19. Carlsen vs P Scheffknecht  1-058 2001 ECCB42 Sicilian, Kan
20. R Flores vs Carlsen 0-137 2001 Open NOR-chB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
21. Carlsen vs A Flaata 1-038 2001 Bergen Chess InternationalB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
22. D Hersvik vs Carlsen  ½-½51 2001 Classics IMAA38 English, Symmetrical
23. D Hersvik vs Carlsen  ½-½66 2001 Nordic ChampionshipsA07 King's Indian Attack
24. A Sofiev vs Carlsen 0-140 2001 Nordic School-chC42 Petrov Defense
25. Carlsen vs M Vaculik 1-027 2001 Bayern-chI Bank Hofmann 5thC00 French Defense
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Oct-23-13  shach matov: <Fair analysis, or am I missing something?> To answer your interesting points one would have to be someone closely familiar with both of their current preparation tendencies. We here can merely guess.

So by guessing my opinion is that on the bases of their chess the past few years, it may well be the case that Carlsen will be happy to have an equal game entering middle-game. Though I don't see how that would make it easier for him to guess Anand's prep than vice versa. At the top level of WC match they prepare lines way into middle-game (and sometimes endgame) so that the score of 0.02 is still part of the preparation. Since both are gonna be using computers to work out their lines, it's not an immediately given assumption that Carlsen will have easier time in preparing.

So, if I understood your post correctly, I would say that yes Carlsen will be satisfied in having the same level of prep as Anand (since C has shown better chess lately in the middle/end game) but I don't know whether it will be any easier for him to prepare than for Anand.

Oct-23-13  SoUnwiseTheKnight B4: <one of the reasons why he is the most interesting player to watch. The flexibility and imagination, the attitude of never giving up, all that is very refreshing>

Why is it then, the first adjective used to describe Magnus by his detractors is 'boring'? I'm assuming this is chess related first, maybe personality related second.

Oct-23-13  unferth: I wouldn't be terribly surprised if Carlsen refused to play into Anand's prep to any extent by the simple expedient of employing some arcane and/or theoretically dubious lines, at least on occasion. suppose he opens 1. Nc3 with white? he'd be foregoing any thought of an opening edge, but he'd render Anand's months or prep irrelevant at a stroke; no way Anand is booking up on the Dunst.
Oct-23-13  micartouse: <Kinghunt: Carlsen will not follow computer lines so closely and is happy with a +0.02 score as white so long as it's the right +0.02. This makes it much harder for Anand to predict Carlsen's preparation than vice versa. Fair analysis, or am I missing something?>

That's a very fair analysis, and that most likely reflects how he's been approaching chess for years now anyway. But for a professional, this is much easier to do with white. A little trickier with black. I subscribe to the boring opinion that he is going to simply win on raw strength and not use too much time preparing his openings. I think it's the first match in 18 years with a significant strength gap between players. If he just keeps playing his normal game, he's in.

Oct-24-13  Daisuki: <SoUnwiseTheKnight B4: Why is it then, the first adjective used to describe Magnus by his detractors is 'boring'? I'm assuming this is chess related first, maybe personality related second.>

Probably a lack of appreciation for positional play relative to tactical play (and/or a lack of appreciation for Carlsen's opening preparation relative to normal elite opening preparation), or general anti-Carlsenism ("Carlsen is overrated, therefore his play is boring.").

Oct-24-13  iking: <SoUnwiseTheKnight B4: <one of the reasons why he is the most interesting player to watch. The flexibility and imagination, the attitude of never giving up, all that is very refreshing> Why is it then, the first adjective used to describe Magnus by his detractors is 'boring'? I'm assuming this is chess related first, maybe personality related second.>

Well, why not compare Carlsen's playing style with Kasparov? Carlsen can win games in less attractive way by employing positional type of play .... Kasparov's way of playing is more exciting .... lot o fireworks in the opening to middle games. ~

Oct-24-13  fgh: <His performance against top players is not a concern at all. In the last three years (Jan. 2011-present), he has scored +21 -2 =53 against the current top 10 on the live rating list. That is quite impressive, certainly enough to hold his own even amongst the great.>

Unless there's an error in my calculations, that's 62.5%. For comparison, according to Chessmetrics, Alekhine's best 3 year period was 1930-32 (http://www.chessmetrics.com/cm/CM2/...). Going by http://www.chessmetrics.com/cm/CM2/... and the Chessgames.com database, Alekhine scored roughly 69.3% against the top 10 (minus himself and Capablanca, who he didn't face) in those years:

<Classical games: Alexander Alekhine beat Isaac Kashdan 1 to 0, with 5 draws.

Classical games: Alexander Alekhine beat Salomon Flohr 3 to 0, with 2 draws.

Classical games: Alexander Alekhine tied Max Euwe 0 to 0, with 1 draw.

Classical games: Alexander Alekhine beat Aron Nimzowitsch 3 to 0.

Classical games: Alexander Alekhine beat Mir Sultan Khan 2 to 0, with 1 draw.

Classical games: Alexander Alekhine tied Efim Bogoljubov 1 to 1, with 3 draws.

Classical games: Alexander Alekhine beat Savielly Tartakower 3 to 0, with 2 draws.

Classical games: Alexander Alekhine tied Rudolf Spielmann 0 to 0, with 3 draws.>

Obviously you could argue that the competition is fiercer nowadays.

Oct-24-13  paavoh: @kinghunt: <Anand's preparation is likely to follow computer-approved lines, so Carlsen can predict much of it and prepare accordingly.>

Then, why didn't Anand's previous opponents take this advice - why they failed to capitalize on it? Opening prep is so much more than computer-approved lines.

Oct-24-13
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  keypusher: <WiseWizard>

<If Anand can force '08 WC Meran type games or like his game against Svidler in the candidates and they play 500+ tactical moves over the course of the match Carlsen will make more tactical mistakes than Anand will.>

OK, so you <do> think Anand is Carlsen's superior at tactics. Congratulations; it's the only way any of your recent posts about the match make sense.

<If you think the positional/tactical dichotomy is meaningless (your position) your supposed to back it up with reasons why.>

Because it's not worth the effort.

<No one is an idiot for having a unique perspective even it is contrary to your own.>

No, but it helps.

<Pulo y Gata: Let seers and statisticians prognosticate, both champ and challenger will make their moves and fulfill an oracle.>

Yep.

Oct-24-13
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  Kinghunt: <paavoh: @kinghunt: <Anand's preparation is likely to follow computer-approved lines, so Carlsen can predict much of it and prepare accordingly.>

Then, why didn't Anand's previous opponents take this advice - why they failed to capitalize on it?>

They did, especially Gelfand. Their computers went head-to-head over the board, and of course neither team's computers made any mistakes. That's why we saw seven of the twelve games end in draws by agreement before move 30.

<Opening prep is so much more than computer-approved lines.>

I'm not saying it isn't, but let me ask you this: whose opening prep is likely to most closely resemble computer-approved lines? Maybe he'll change his strategy, but Anand's prep in everything in his career so far has always been to find and play the most "correct" moves. The tree of "correct" moves branches much more slowly than the tree of slightly less correct alternatives Carlsen will be considering. Plus, engines can pick the "correct" moves likely to be played by Anand much more easily than they can pick which less correct move Carlsen will play.

I'm not sure this is significant, and it may well not be. But it definitely seems on the face of it that Carlsen will have an easier time preparing for Anand than vice versa.

Oct-24-13  WiseWizard: <Keypusher: No, but it helps. >

Indeed. Lol.

Oct-25-13  phil6875: I'm predicting that in the first half of the match there will be 5 draws and 1 win with White for Carlsen.

In the second half there will be 4 more draws and 2 wins for Carlsen, one with Black one with White.

Oct-25-13  epistle: What's the basis for your prediction? A dream?
Oct-25-13  kappertjes: kappertjes: <epistle: What's the basis for your prediction? A dream?>

Can't have been logic anyway since his prediction can't even happen.

Oct-25-13
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  Rolfo: And here is some funny stuff:

http://ipad.dagbladet.no/2013/10/25...

Times of India is using Kortcnoi as source for saying that Magnus is clever at hypnosis, but can´t play chess :)

I clearly remember Kortchnoi also saying to Caruana that he would never play chess..

Oct-25-13  paavoh: @Kinghunt: <But it definitely seems on the face of it that Carlsen will have an easier time preparing for Anand than vice versa.>

With this I can agree.

I'm sure Gelfand did a heck of a job in preparation, but what is your take on the others (Kramnik, Topalov)? I did not see them having Anand's number in opening prep.

But anyway, let us see how the match progresses and we'll be wiser after that :-)

Oct-25-13  Oxnard: <Rolfo>

I have never heard such drivel. Funnily enough, Carlsen could beat Korchnoi blindfolded.

Oct-25-13
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  Kinghunt: <I'm sure Gelfand did a heck of a job in preparation, but what is your take on the others (Kramnik, Topalov)? I did not see them having Anand's number in opening prep.>

Kramnik and Topalov got surprised. I think their opening prep was just as deep as Anand's, but in the wrong systems.

Prior to his match against Kramnik, Anand had only played 1. d4 in about a dozen serious games in his entire career, and as black, he also heavily favored the Nimzo/Queen's Indian over any kind of 1...d5 system. Kramnik misjudged Anand and thought Anand would play systems Anand had the most experience in, rather than switching to something altogether new to get a preparation edge.

It was the same basic story with Topalov, but overall, their preparation was much better matched. Both prepared the Grunfeld extensively, but Anand couldn't remember his lines and so lost game one. The big mismatch was the Catalan, a system Anand had never played in a real game in his life. It took Topalov several games to get up to speed in that system. They both prepared the Slav extensively, and nothing "interesting" happened in any of those middlegames.

There weren't any real surprises in prep in the Gelfand match. Grunfeld, Semislav, Nimzo-Indian, and Sicilian were all to be expected. The f3 Neo-Grunfeld was unexpected, sure, but Gelfand had probably at least looked at it given that how thoroughly he prepped the Grunfeld as a whole. So it had some surprise value, but nothing like in Anand's previous matches.

I think the drawn games went longer in the Topalov match partially because of Topalov's "Sofia Rules" thing, but also because Topalov is more of a Carlsen-style fighter than Gelfand or Kramnik. Given a choice between two roughly equal moves, Topalov will choose the one that leaves the most play in the position, while Kramnik and Gelfand will usually play whichever one they think gives them the largest "advantage", even if it comes with a high risk of complete liquidation of everything, leaving just a simple draw.

That's my two cents on the prep in the previous matches, at least. Carlsen will not be looking to follow any of these examples. I think his team will be using engines to vet obscure yet playable sidelines to get interesting positions with a rather early book exit.

Oct-25-13  iamsheaf: <Kinghunt> Topalov surely wasn't surprised by Anand's preparation, he was shocked considering Anand blundered in game 1 because he forgot his opening preparation. Topalov was far better prepared than Anand in the match. Anand got nothing out of the opening in any of the games.
Oct-25-13
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  Rolfo: I think Topalov seemed to be overprepped by help of a supercomputer, he forgot to be himself.
Oct-25-13
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  Kinghunt: I don't think Topalov did badly out of the openings objectively, but rather psychologically. He wasn't getting positions he enjoyed playing and I think he felt unprepared for the Catalan. I think Anand's 15. Qa3?! in game 4 especially shook him up. Topalov has always struck me as the most psychologically frail of the top players, barring only Ivanchuk and Morozevich.
Oct-26-13  phil6875: <kappertjes> Why can't there be 3 Carlsen wins (2 with White and 1 with Black) and 9 draws?
Oct-26-13
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  Jim Bartle: Because the match would be over after 11 games at the latest, and possibly earlier.
Oct-26-13
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  perfidious: Ivanchuk's record of psychological instability is only too well documented-one need only see the results throughout his career when he plays with everything on the line.
Oct-26-13
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  alexmagnus: <I clearly remember Kortchnoi also saying to Caruana that he would never play chess..>

I only remember him calling Caruana cultureless for putting his hands in the pockets.

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