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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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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. A Flaata vs Carlsen 1-024 2000 Stjernen Grand PrixA07 King's Indian Attack
2. M Svendsen vs Carlsen 1-039 2000 Det åpne NMC02 French, Advance
3. H Bartels vs Carlsen ½-½48 2000 Bayern-chI Bank Hofmann 4thC59 Two Knights
4. Carlsen vs P Brantzeg 0-152 2000 ASKOs Pinseturnering, Gruppe BC18 French, Winawer
5. G Kaiser vs Carlsen 0-136 2000 Bayern-chI Bank Hofmann 4thB08 Pirc, Classical
6. Carlsen vs I Cordts 0-130 2000 Bayern-chI Bank Hofmann 4thA31 English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation
7. T Christenson vs Carlsen 0-146 2000 Det åpne NMB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
8. Carlsen vs L Olzem ½-½36 2000 Bayern-chI Bank Hofmann 4thD00 Queen's Pawn Game
9. Carlsen vs T Nielsen 0-145 2000 Det åpne NMA10 English
10. Carlsen vs T Solstad ½-½21 2000 Det åpne NME04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
11. Carlsen vs I Cordts 0-130 2000 Bayern-chI Bank Hofmann 4thA31 English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation
12. K Ovesen vs Carlsen 1-038 2000 Det åpne NMA46 Queen's Pawn Game
13. Toan Thanh Pham vs Carlsen 1-032 2000 Det åpne NMB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
14. Carlsen vs H Sannes 1-060 2000 Det åpne NMA27 English, Three Knights System
15. Carlsen vs J Svindahl 0-142 2000 Det åpne NMA36 English
16. Carlsen vs J A Nilssen 0-122 2001 Troll MastersB32 Sicilian
17. A Kabashaj vs Carlsen 0-142 2001 Open NOR-chA46 Queen's Pawn Game
18. Carlsen vs E Blomqvist 1-021 2001 Nordic-chTC78 Ruy Lopez
19. Carlsen vs T Hall 1-044 2001 HostturneringB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
20. G Hitzgerova vs Carlsen 1-043 2001 Classics IMAC86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
21. M Weighell vs Carlsen 1-021 2001 Nordic ChampionshipsB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
22. Carlsen vs G Wachinger ½-½15 2001 5th OIBMB42 Sicilian, Kan
23. Carlsen vs K R Johansen 1-030 2001 Troll MastersB06 Robatsch
24. B Badea vs Carlsen 1-039 2001 Open NOR-chA07 King's Indian Attack
25. Carlsen vs T Thorhallsson ½-½52 2001 Nordic ChampionshipsA57 Benko Gambit
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Feb-06-07  Dr.Lecter: <We'll meet again> Are you sure that wasn't just a scene somewhere from Star Wars?
Feb-06-07  Plato: <JointheArmy> Radjabov plays very ambitiously against the elite, and seems to take more risks. This shows in his opening repertoire, his aggressivity, and his recent results. Carlsen, as some others have noted, seems quite content to play for a draw against the same players that Radjabov is determined to beat.

Also if you read the interviews of Radjabov and compare them to those of Carlsen, Radjabov comes across as ... how should I put it ... less humble. I remember when he beat Kasparov with black and they asked him to comment, his answer was something like "Now I'm going to beat everybody else." (It didn't turn out quite like that, but you get the idea). Whereas I remember Carlsen, at some point, was not too happy with all the attention he was getting and wished that the public would follow Karjakin more than him.

Feb-06-07  Plato: <Rolfo> I think Karjakin is just a few months older than Carlsen, if I'm not mistaken.
Feb-06-07
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  Rolfo: <DrLecter> It is, and a line in a song I think.. (The next meeting Carlsen-Karjakin was in Corus and ended 1/2)
Feb-06-07  Delusional Patzer: <Plato> Radjabov is past his drawing habit but even up to last year you could see many games like this from him:

Kotronias vs Radjabov, 2005

less than 15 move short draws even against low 2600 and 2500 players.

Feb-07-07  Chess Classics: Good to see that Magnus made mincemeat of the lower-rated players, even if it was only a small blindfold tourney.

Regards,
CC

Feb-07-07  s4life: <Plato:Whereas I remember Carlsen, at some point, was not too happy with all the attention he was getting and wished that the public would follow Karjakin more than him.>

Those are personal traits and have little to do with killer instinct at the board, imho. People have the wrong impression that you have to be a d$%k like Kasparov in order to become a champion. Such requirement is neither sufficient nor necessary.

Feb-07-07  percyblakeney: It's not really fair to compare Carlsen with Radjabov, but when 15 the latter won three games in Corus and finished with an even score. When Carlsen's age now he finished 0.5 point after Anand and Kramnik but 1.5 ahead of Leko in Dortmund.

Not easy to compete with such results, but still Carlsen has this far scored slightly worse than expected in strong tournaments. He did have some very good games before, like when beating Adams, and I was sure he was going to win a game or two in the Tal Memorial or Corus. He will surely do better in the future, and maybe he will once again give Moro problems in Linares.

Feb-07-07  s4life: <percy> I wouldn't call it <slightly> worse, but he certainly will improve, maybe Linares is too soon though. It's in him to become either the next Fischer (chess-wise), the next Moro or just another top 20 GM (like Malakhov, for example - yet another prodigy who never really delivered when he reached maturity). He certainly has the talent and the youth to become whoever he wants.
Feb-07-07  TheGladiator: <s4life: Hmm.. didn't Radjabov get second in Linares and first in Corus? you don't get first or second by being happy with draws imho.>

In Corus A this year, Radja was rated ca. 2730. With higher rating (= greater strength) and more experience, his ambitions have grown, but you needn't look further than Biel 2006 to see that he seemed happy with draws in quite many of his games.

What I said, was: "Radjabov (and Karjakin for that sake) both have been accustomed to being happy with draws in a much greater extent than Magnus". One of the reasons it took Radjabov quite a long time to reach 2700, was that he has, in a sense, drawn his way up there, against stronger (and not so strong) players, instead of beating a lot of 2600-rated players (like it's fair to say Magnus has). This is partly so for Karjakin as well, even though his low activity is partly responsible as well.

<Also, I think it's fair to say that Carlsen's loses are more a product of his faults and inexperience rather than him being unhappy with a draw (since he has drawn ~ 90% of his games)>

Strictly logically speaking, the percentage of draws doesn't give any evidence at all of why the games were drawn - we need to look at the actual games to judge on that matter.

If we look at the recent two super-GM tournaments, I think his loss against Aronian (Tal) was due to inexperience, his losses against Ponomariov (twice) were due to faults and lack of experience and opening knowledge, his loss against Topalov was due to faults, lack of opening knowledge and a (sometimes too) strong will to have the initiative (Sxc5? instead of passive defence an exchange up) - the latter can be attributed to inexperience.

The losses against Navara and Svidler, I think were due to being unhappy with a draw (Navara), and having a bad start of the tournament _and_ being unhappy with a draw (Svidler). He also got lost or almost losing positions against Motylev and van Wely due to being unhappy with a draw. Of course, you can also coin the latter case as lack of experience, but that isn't really in disagreement with what I say.

Also, giving the high number of draws in these two tournaments as evidence of Magnus being happy with draws, is too easy. Currently, I don't think his opening repertoir is strong enough to get good chances to fight for a win against the very top - indeed, in Tal Memorial he actually had to fight for the draw as white several times, due to weak opening play.

That Magnus wants to win, but yet isn't experienced enough to decide when he should "give up" his efforts to do so, doesn't counter the fact that he's got a real urge to win!

Feb-07-07  TheGladiator: <Plato: Carlsen, as some others have noted, seems quite content to play for a draw against the same players that Radjabov is determined to beat.>

I don't get that impression from watching his or Radjabov's games. Radja's recent KID success is of a fairly new date, but he's been playing the KID for a long time, while Magnus hasn't really established a repertoir for neither black nor white. He's just been trying out lots of stuff, with a (strange) preference for odd side-lines so far (which probably works better against semi-strong players).

<I think Karjakin is just a few months older than Carlsen, if I'm not mistaken.>

10,5 months, actually. Quite close to a year. Moreover, Magnus has climbed from low 2500s to a peak of 2698 in about 1,5 years recently - you don't do that by drawing many games.

Feb-07-07  TheGladiator: <Plato: Meanwhile I've seen more of a killer instinct with Karjakin and especially Radjabov.>

I think you're mixing instincts/attitude with results here. In Corus, for instance, Karjakin won his games mostly by capitalizing on mistakes (Navara, Shirov, Svidler) and over-ambitious and careless play (Svidler). Magnus failed to capitalize on the mistakes of e.g. Navara and Motylev, but he really wanted to beat them (look at how many times he avoided taking the draw against Navara, e.g. by getting the exchange back).

Look at Biel 2006 for an example of Radjabov's killer instinct. I think it's closer to the truth that his KID give unbalanced positions which Radja knows very well, and that these games therefore result in a decisive outcome. But if you really want to base your argument on results (even if the sense in that can be questioned), then you should review the results of Magnus, Radjabov and Karjakin from the last two years. I might have a look myself...

Feb-07-07  s4life: <Gladiator> Well, I guess we are in agreement to a certain point. What you call <being happy with a draw>, Khalifman calls it SCHOOL, and I would add a bit of own and call it the ability/technique/mental stability to avoid losing a balanced position against a better or equal player. Certainly, both Karjakin and Radjabov posses that in greater measure than Carlsen as of now.

What you call <unhappy with a draw> is another expression for inexperience: get upset over a missed win and go on to lose the end game, owned in the opening, play for a win when the position only calls for a draw and so on.

I agree though, 90% doesn't mean he's happy with draws, it most likely means that cannot win.. yet.

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  alexmagnus: My question seems to have lost itself in the discussion...Does anyone know what happened with www.magnuscarlsen.no?
Feb-07-07  slomarko: no, nobody knows.
Feb-07-07  Plato: <TheGladiator> Well, I disagree. Even before Radjabov's great recent successes, he seemed to be playing more ambitiously against top level opponents (like Anand, Kasparov, etc) in quite a few of his games. The repertoire that he established as Black was considered aggressive but dubious by many players, but he's been scoring extremely well so far.

Carlsen is a super talent, of course, but I've noticed that he hasn't played very ambitiously in most of his games against the elite. But all of this will change, I'm sure, as he gets older and he gains more confidence.

<s4life> Yes, I agree; I don't think it's necessary to be a jerk in order to be a great player. I do remember a lot of people thinking that Anand's problem was being "a nice guy," and I never agreed with that. But what I've noticed is primarily a matter of style and will to win on the board. It's possible that the will to win seems stronger with Radjabov simply because he is the stronger player of the two meanwhile, but I think Carlsen is still developing his style whereas Radjabov's is better defined. Just my opinion, though. I'm a big fan of Carlsen, I just think he's going to be more dangerous to the elite in a couple of years.

Feb-07-07  TheGladiator: <s4life: I would add a bit of own and call it the ability/technique/mental stability to avoid losing a balanced position against a better or equal player.>

A bit too often, though, I think this "ability" not to lose balanced position, boils down to accepting or offering a draw somewhere between move 15 and 25, instead of playing out a game to its logical conclusion. It's easier to avoid mistakes when playing 5-10 moves on your own out of theory, than when playing 30-40 moves...

If you look at my previous comments about Karjakin and Magnus (after e.g. Corus), I for instance said that Karjakin is a better technician than Magnus at the moment, so we don't disagree on that part. This goes for Radjabov as well.

Some ppl though will always criticise Magnus - when he plays a good game against strong opposition, but realizes that he hasn't got enough to play for a win, he plays "boring draws", and when he's too ambitious, then he's inexperienced and hasn't got "the ability/technique/mental stability to avoid losing a balanced position" ;)

Of course, one could alternatively do like Khalifman (who's got SCHOOL) - go for the draw always :)

And yep, I agree that at least his openings need to be improved for him to be able to go on to play for a win most of the time. Unlike e.g. Topalov (who's famous for going for the win "always", and has become so mainly due to the enabling and significant opening preparations of his team), he hasn't got dedicated ppl to work out a number of novelties in his favorite lines. So I guess we'll have to expect a slow, but steady improvement in Magnus opening play.

Feb-07-07  Plato: <s4life, TheGladiator> What gives you guys the idea that "going for the draw" is what Khalifman means by "school"? I think he was just referring to the fact that Karjakin has a team of experienced Soviet trainers working with him in a systematic way, and that Carlsen's trainers, in his opinion, might be good but don't really measure up. On the other hand, Radjabov hasn't even had a trainer for many years now, and look where he's at.
Feb-07-07  TheGladiator: <plato> I just made a joke about Khalifman's strong desire to draw games himself - I think I'm well aware of what Khalifman refers to by "school". :) Btw, in my opinion, Magnus has practically been without a real trainer most of the time so far. Nielsen is only occasionally used as a second, and Agdestein has never been a real trainer to Magnus, and not at all for the last couple of years. <The repertoire that [Radjabov] established as Black was considered aggressive but dubious by many players, but he's been scoring extremely well so far.>

Counting from when? Here are some stats that I collected - I will do the same for their white games of 2003/2006 tonight:

Radjabov, with black, classical chess, 2003
Own rating: 2624 - 2650

Against 2650+:
+5-10=11 - 26 games, score 10,5/26

Strongest tournaments: Corus A, Linares, Bosnia, Enghien les Bains, Dortmund, Benidorm/Bali Stars

Wins:
+Ponomariov (2734)
+Kasparov (2847)
+Gelfand (2700)
+Anand (2774)
+Azmaiparashvili (2693)

Against 2000-2649:
+4-2=5 - 11 games, score 6,5/11

Total, 37 games, score 17/37

---

Magnus, with black, classical chess, 2006
Own rating: 2625 - 2698

Against 2650+:
+3-4=17 - 24 games, score 11,5/24

Strongest tournaments: Corus B, Bosnia, Olympiad, Biel, Tal Memorial

Wins:
+Naiditsch (2657)
+Naiditsch (2664)
+Morozevitsch (2731)

Against 2000-2649:
+17-2=11 - 30 games, score 22,5/30

Total, 54 games, score 34/54

---

So, when Radjabov was as old as Magnus was last year (actually Radja was a few months older), he was already getting invitations to stronger tournaments than Magnus at the same age (the difference isn't big, but still there). Moreover, he almost stopped playing other tournaments, even though his rating was "only" 2624 at the beginning of 2003 (amounting to a shared 65th place on top 100 - Magnus (2625) was in shared 89th place with equal rating 3 years later).

In 26 games against 2650+ -players, he won 2 more than Magnus (who played 24 such games), and he also beat "pretty strong" players. The total number of draws and losses were the same - 21 - but of these games Magnus lost only 4, while Radjabov lost 10. "Scoring extremely well"?

Against players below 2650, Radjabov scored just above 50% (+2) in 11 games, with more draws than wins. Magnus on the other hand, scored 17 wins and "only" 11 draws for a +15 score in 30 games (as black!). True, Magnus played more "weak" tournaments and players than Radjabov, but those +4-2=5 statistic against equal or lower rated players for Radja isn't scoring "extremely well" in my book. The stats also show that they've moved from 2625 to 2700 territory in quite different ways.

After the time of these stats, Magnus has played one tournament with a sub-par performance. But taking everything into account, I think it looks like he's well on schedule if Radjabov is the measure.

Feb-07-07  TheGladiator: (There was a couple of mistakes in a previous version of the post above, in case you're shouting at me for not knowing how to count ;)
Feb-07-07  TheGladiator: <Plato: It's possible that the will to win seems stronger with Radjabov simply because he is the stronger player of the two>

That's about what I meant, when I asked if you were mixing results with instincts/attitude. I agree that Radjabov is stronger _now_ than Magnus is _now_.

<but I think Carlsen is still developing his style whereas Radjabov's is better defined. Just my opinion, though.>

Agree on this too.

<I'm a big fan of Carlsen, I just think he's going to be more dangerous to the elite in a couple of years.>

Isn't that pretty self-evident? I see no reason why Magnus' development suddenly should halt. Maybe his rating stays below 2700 for another year (or longer), but I just can't imagine a 16 year old being at his peak as a chess player :)

Feb-07-07  Plato: <TheGladiator> What do you mean "only used as a second"? A second is a trainer, as I'm sure you are well aware. And Agdestein has worked extensively with Carlsen for a few years, as I'm sure you are well aware.

I was talking about Radjabov's recent results. And regardless, wins against some of the names you mentioned, with Black, is quite successfull in and of itself. It is undeniable that Radjabov has had more impressive results than Carlsen, overall. Radjabov is older, of course, that goes without saying. I'm sure Carlsen will continue to progress. But if you look at the games of Carlsen against top-flight opposition and compare them to those of Radjabov, you'll see that Radjabov tends to fight harder for the win and has achieved a higher ratio of wins against them. Just look at the recent games.

Feb-07-07  Plato: <Isn't that pretty self-evident?>

You seem to have missed the point. I was implying that Carlsen is not much of a threat to the elite right now, whereas Radjabov has already proven that he is.

Feb-07-07  TheGladiator: <Plato: What do you mean "only used as a second"? A second is a trainer, as I'm sure you are well aware.>

A "second" is an assistant for a specific event. At least that's the way it's been for Magnus and Nielsen. It's not like Nielsen is spending time for or with Magnus at other occasions.

<And Agdestein has worked extensively with Carlsen for a few years, as I'm sure you are well aware.>

Ehm... I just wrote this: <Agdestein has never been a real trainer to Magnus, and not at all for the last couple of years.>

Do you think this is something I've made up? Of course, I didn't go into details about I meant with a "real trainer" - I can if you want me to, but first I'd like you to answer a few questions, if you don't mind:

What is your source for "Agdestein has worked extensively with Carlsen for a few years"? Have you read Wonderboy, for instance? Or some foreign (not Norwegian) chess magazine/paper/whatever? How much time do you reckon Agdestein has spent with Magnus in 2005 and 2006 for instance?

I'm just curious as to what myths live their life out there...

Feb-07-07  TheGladiator: <Plato: I was implying that Carlsen is not much of a threat to the elite right now, whereas Radjabov has already proven that he is.>

I guess it depends on how you define "threat to the elite". No, I don't think Magnus can win any super-GM tournament now or in the next 12-18 months. I think he will beat some super-GMs, though, and not lose to very many.

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