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Magnus Carlsen
Number of games in database: 1,566
Years covered: 2000 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2881
Overall record: +400 -167 =438 (61.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      561 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (159) 
    B90 B40 B30 B43 B46
 Ruy Lopez (103) 
    C78 C65 C84 C67 C88
 Slav (52) 
    D15 D17 D12 D10 D11
 Nimzo Indian (47) 
    E32 E20 E21 E36 E54
 French Defense (37) 
    C11 C00 C02 C10 C03
 Semi-Slav (33) 
    D43 D45 D47 D44
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (160) 
    B33 B30 B22 B90 B76
 Ruy Lopez (108) 
    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
   Carlsen vs Karjakin, 2013 1-0
   Anand vs Carlsen, 2013 0-1
   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)
   Midnight Sun Chess Challenge (2006)
   Norwegian Championship (2006)
   Corus Wijk aan Zee Group B (2006)
   XXII Reykjavik Open (2006)
   World Chess Cup (2007)
   Arctic Chess Challenge (2007)
   Pearl Spring Chess Tournament (2009)
   Amber Tournament (Blindfold) (2010)
   Tata Steel (2013)

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   Carlsen Favorites by chocobonbon
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   Guess-the-Move Chess: 2000-2010 (Part 2) by Anatoly21
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MAGNUS CARLSEN
(born Nov-30-1990) Norway

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

Landmarks

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

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

Background:

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

Championships:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Classical Tournaments:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rapid:

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

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

Matches:

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

Team:

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

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

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

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

Rating:

Carlsen's 1 April 2014 FIDE ratings are:

<Standard>: 2881, making him the top ranked player in the world with a new record highest ever official rating, beating his own previous record by 9 points. By the end of the April 2014 rating period, he will have been world number one for a total of 46 months. He holds the record for the longest period as the world's top ranked Junior (U20) - 36 months - from 1 January 2008 until 31 December 2010. He was also both world number one junior and world number one player for the first 10 months of 2010. Furthermore, he holds the record for the highest rating acquired by any player aged 13, and 15 through to 23 inclusive.

<Rapid>: 2827; and

<Blitz>: 2837.

Other:

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

General Sources:

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

Footnotes

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


 page 1 of 63; games 1-25 of 1,566  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. M Svendsen vs Carlsen 1-039 2000 Det åpne NMC02 French, Advance
2. Carlsen vs P Brantzeg 0-152 2000 ASKOs Pinseturnering, Gruppe BC18 French, Winawer
3. A Flaata vs Carlsen 1-024 2000 Stjernen Grand PrixA07 King's Indian Attack
4. H Bartels vs Carlsen ½-½48 2000 Bayern-chI Bank Hofmann 4thC59 Two Knights
5. T Christenson vs Carlsen 0-146 2000 Det åpne NMB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
6. G Kaiser vs Carlsen 0-136 2000 Bayern-chI Bank Hofmann 4thB08 Pirc, Classical
7. Carlsen vs I Cordts 0-130 2000 Bayern-chI Bank Hofmann 4thA31 English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation
8. Carlsen vs T Nielsen 0-145 2000 Det åpne NMA10 English
9. Carlsen vs L Olzem ½-½36 2000 Bayern-chI Bank Hofmann 4thD00 Queen's Pawn Game
10. Carlsen vs T Solstad ½-½21 2000 Det åpne NME04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
11. K Ovesen vs Carlsen 1-038 2000 Det åpne NMA46 Queen's Pawn Game
12. Carlsen vs I Cordts 0-130 2000 Bayern-chI Bank Hofmann 4thA31 English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation
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 T Hall 1-044 2001 HostturneringB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
19. G Hitzgerova vs Carlsen 1-043 2001 Classics IMAC86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
20. M Weighell vs Carlsen 1-021 2001 Nordic ChampionshipsB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
21. Carlsen vs G Wachinger ½-½15 2001 5th OIBMB42 Sicilian, Kan
22. Carlsen vs K R Johansen 1-030 2001 Troll MastersB06 Robatsch
23. B Badea vs Carlsen 1-039 2001 Open NOR-chA07 King's Indian Attack
24. Carlsen vs E Blomqvist 1-021 2001 Nordic-chTC78 Ruy Lopez
25. Carlsen vs T Thorhallsson ½-½52 2001 Nordic ChampionshipsA57 Benko Gambit
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Apr-04-14  Lambda: Historically, chess players have tended to peak somewhere between 30 and 40. Recently, this seems to be coming down, presumably because they can gain experience far more quickly nowadays, and with more competition at the top, energy is more important.
Apr-05-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: <Lambda: Historically, chess players have tended to peak somewhere between 30 and 40.> Anand and Gelfand are both now 44; so is Ivanchuk. Gelfand's peak was probably last year. I am sure Anand and Ivanchuk are both past their absolute best but they seem to be playing very well.

There seems to be a point where calculation falls off a bit but the vast amount of experience and Fingerspitzengefühl counts for more.

Elo said a player's rating should (in general) follow a bell curve; I think it's shaped more like a huge brassière.

Apr-05-14  evlozare: <brassiere>- no, more like a bikini.
Apr-05-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  PaulBl: Is Magnus Carlsen going to play a significant tournament pretty soon? I guess he must play some strong opponents to keep sharp for the next match against Anand.

Kind regards,
Paul

Apr-05-14  NeoIndian: hello PaulBI,
from 2700chess.com, it seems
1.Gashimov Memorial 2014,
20 - 30 Apr 2014, Shamkir (Azerbaijan)
2.Norway Chess 2014,
2 - 13 June 2014, are next events for Magnus.
Apr-05-14  Lambda: There's no general rule for what a player's rating graph ends up looking like. Some players will play consistently at about the same level for 20 years. Others will have a short golden period, and be mostly ineffective outside of it. And still others will have it going up and down like a yo-yo.
Apr-06-14  EeEk: <PaulBl: Is Magnus Carlsen going to play a significant tournament pretty soon? I guess he must play some strong opponents to keep sharp for the next match against Anand.>

Actually, it's not Carlsen who has to keep sharp, it's Anand not having beaten Magnus in 21 games.

While Magnus plays in several events with classical time control such as Gashimov Memorial, Norway Chess, Olympiad and possibly one more, Anand currently only has rapid events on his calendar.

For Anand's sake, I hope he knows what he is doing.

Apr-08-14  polarmis: Carlsen was in Moscow today and did a 1-hour Q & A session with university students. Highlights include another jibe at Kramnik and an unusual explanation for a decline in Leko's play. Almost full transcript (minus the Russian!):

https://chess24.com/en/read/news/ma...

Apr-08-14  solskytz: <Petrosianic: <kia0708>: <Carlsen - Anand, Round 2. YAWN> What a shame you won't be around for the match. I'm going to miss these insightful comments.>

+111

Apr-08-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Rolfo: Thanks polarmis for bringing this to our attention and for translating. Good and relevant as always :)
Apr-08-14  another user: <Almost full transcript (minus the Russian!)>

The Russian part makes little sense. The host (actress Tina Kandelaki) was unbelivably terrible. I'm amazed by Carlsen handling such an awkward situation in public.

Apr-08-14  polarmis: <The host (actress Tina Kandelaki) was unbelivably terrible.>

I thought it was quite funny - you'd think she'd have realised after a couple of questions that "you're a good chess player so you must be a freak" wasn't really the right approach - especially in a room full of science students :) Magnus handled it very well, although he probably let down his guard a couple of times e.g. with the story about Leko. Probably not something to say in public, even if true...

Apr-08-14
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  Rolfo: Keep your knees in order, that's the message!

Well, i guess Magnus had to keep talking to pass the time to prevent even more awkward questions to come :)

Apr-08-14
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  Check It Out: Thanks for the translations, <polarmis>!
Apr-09-14
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  cro777: <EeEk: While Magnus plays in several events with classical time control such as Gashimov Memorial, Norway Chess, Olympiad and possibly one more, Anand currently only has rapid events on his calendar.>

Anand: "I’m planning to play a few tournaments but so far I’ve scheduled only rapid tournaments."

Apr-09-14  EeEk: There are not that many big classical events left before the WC match.

I can think of Sinquefield Cup scheduled for August 28th and European Club Cup starting September 12th as possible events for Anand. Tal Memorial has supposedly been postponed until later this year, may be too close to November.

Apr-09-14  IndianFan: "Actually, it's not Carlsen who has to keep sharp, it's Anand not having beaten Magnus in 21 games"

These streaks don't mean much - after all Anand just got out of his streak against Aronian.

Anand seems to have never beaten Naka in any format - but surely a match between them is not expected to be a walkover for Naka.

Apr-11-14
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  egilarne: I suppose - and hope - Anand is going to play the olympiad in Tromsø in august? Anybody knows?
Apr-11-14
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  plang: When was the last time Anand played in the Olympiad? Not recently as far as I can remember
Apr-11-14  fgh: <plang>: http://www.olimpbase.org/players/mw...
Apr-11-14
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  alexmagnus: Anand himself said he will probably skip the Olympiad.
Apr-11-14  EeEk: Anand definitely not playing in the Olympiad. Now it remains to be seen if he will be in any classical events before November. But perhaps Dortmund or Sinquefield Cup?
Apr-12-14
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  keypusher: Sharing my latest defeat from the Magnus app -- I don't remember seeing a combination quite like this before. I thought it was very pretty and it sure came as a surprise!


click for larger view

1.h3?? Of course Black can now win a pawn after 1...Nxf3+ 2.Bxf3 Bxh3, but he has ever so much better.

1....Bxf3 2.Bxf3 Bd2!! and wins.

Apr-13-14  RedShield: < it sure came as a surprise! >

With commentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EMm...

Apr-13-14
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  john barleycorn: What a surprise! Günther Netzer playing for a british club.
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