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Carlsen 
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Magnus Carlsen
Number of games in database: 1,659
Years covered: 2000 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2877 (2855 rapid, 2948 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2882
Overall record: +417 -175 =457 (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 C67 C84 C88
 Slav (56) 
    D15 D17 D12 D10 D11
 Nimzo Indian (48) 
    E32 E20 E21 E36 E54
 French Defense (38) 
    C11 C00 C02 C10 C18
 Semi-Slav (34) 
    D43 D45 D47 D44
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (164) 
    B33 B30 B22 B90 B77
 Ruy Lopez (113) 
    C67 C95 C65 C69 C78
 Queen's Indian (73) 
    E15 E12 E17 E13 E18
 Nimzo Indian (42) 
    E34 E32 E21 E20 E55
 Slav (38) 
    D12 D15 D17 D11 D10
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (36) 
    C95 C91 C88 C96 C90
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 Anand, 2012 1-0
   Carlsen vs Gelfand, 2013 1-0
   Carlsen vs A Groenn, 2005 1-0
   Carlsen vs Aronian, 2008 1-0

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004)
   Anand - Carlsen World Championship (2013)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Arctic Chess Challenge (2007)
   Pearl Spring Chess Tournament (2009)
   Tata Steel (2013)
   London Chess Classic (2012)
   Norwegian Championship (2005)
   Norwegian Championship (2006)
   Norwegian Championship (2004)
   Corus Wijk aan Zee Group B (2006)
   Midnight Sun Chess Challenge (2006)
   Amber Tournament (Blindfold) (2010)
   Tata Steel (2011)
   FIDE World Cup (2005)
   World Chess Cup (2007)
   XXII Reykjavik Open (2006)
   Olympiad (2008)

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   Carlsen's winning miniatures by alexmagnus
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MAGNUS CARLSEN
(born Nov-30-1990, 23 years old) Norway

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

Landmarks

FM (2002); IM (2003); GM (2004); vice-World U12 World Champion (2002); Norwegian Champion (2006); Candidate (2007 & 2013); World Champion (2013); World Rapid Champion (2014) and World Blitz Champion (2009 & 2014).

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

Background:

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

Championships:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Classical Tournaments:

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

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

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

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

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

Carlsen's first tournament as World Champion was the Zurich Chess Challenge (2014), the first ever category 23 tournament (average rating 2801). He came from behind to take equal first with Aronian in the Zurich Chess Challenge (Blitz) (2014), which determined the colors in the main event (Carlsen has 4 whites and 1 black). By round 4 of the standard time event, he extended his live rating to 2882.6, breaking the record he established in round 3. His round 5 draw with Anand enabled him to finish the standard time event in first place, 2 scoring points ahead of Aronian. He needed 3.5/5 in the Zurich Chess Challenge (Rapid) (2014) played on the final day to guarantee his win in the event, however his 2/5 result was sufficient to win the combined event by one point under the scoring system used. His next event was the category 22 Gashimov Memorial (2014), a new event in honor of the late Azeri GM Vugar Gashimov, which he won outright with a score of 6.5/10, defeating Fabiano Caruana, his rival for first prize, in the last round. Although he was the only undefeated player at the Norway Chess Tournament (2014), he won insufficient games to win the event, which was successfully defended by last year's winner, Sergei Karjakin.

Next event

His next tournament will be the Sinquefield Cup starting on 27 August 2014.

Rapid:

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

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

In June 2014, he realized his ambition to be the triple champion (of standard, rapid and blitz chess) when he won the FIDE World Rapid Championship (2014) with 11/15, half a point ahead of runner-up Caruana, and the FIDE World Blitz Championship (2014) with 17/21, one point clear of Nepomniachtchi and Nakamura.

Matches:

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

Team:

<Olympiad>: Carlsen represented Norway on board 1 in the 36th Olympiad (2004), the 37th Chess Olympiad (2006), the Olympiad (2008), the Chess Olympiad (2010) and in the Chess Olympiad (2014). His best result was in the 2006 Olympiad, where he scored 6 points from 8 games and came 5th for board 1.

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

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

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

Rating:

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

Carlsen's 1 August 2014 FIDE ratings are:

<Standard>: 2877, making him the top ranked player in the world. By the end of the August 2014 rating period, he will have been world number one for a total of 50 months. He holds the record for the longest period as the world's top ranked Junior (U20) - 36 months - from 1 January 2008 until 31 December 2010. He was also both world number one junior and world number one player for the first 10 months of 2010. Furthermore, he holds the record for the highest rating acquired by any player aged 13, and 15 through to 23 inclusive.

<Rapid>: 2855 (world #2); and

<Blitz>: 2948 (world #1).

Other:

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

General Sources:

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

Footnotes

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


 page 1 of 67; games 1-25 of 1,661  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. T Christenson vs Carlsen 0-146 2000 Det åpne NMB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
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. K Ovesen vs Carlsen 1-038 2000 Det åpne NMA46 Queen's Pawn Game
6. Toan Thanh Pham vs Carlsen 1-032 2000 Det åpne NMB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
7. Carlsen vs H Sannes 1-060 2000 Det åpne NMA27 English, Three Knights System
8. A Flaata vs Carlsen 1-024 2000 Stjernen Grand PrixA07 King's Indian Attack
9. Carlsen vs J Svindahl 0-142 2000 Det åpne NMA36 English
10. H Bartels vs Carlsen ½-½48 2000 Bayern-chI Bank Hofmann 4thC59 Two Knights
11. G Kaiser vs Carlsen 0-136 2000 Bayern-chI Bank Hofmann 4thB08 Pirc, Classical
12. M Svendsen vs Carlsen 1-039 2000 Det åpne NMC02 French, Advance
13. Carlsen vs I Cordts 0-130 2000 Bayern-chI Bank Hofmann 4thA31 English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation
14. Carlsen vs P Brantzeg 0-152 2000 ASKOs Pinseturnering, Gruppe BC18 French, Winawer
15. Carlsen vs L Olzem ½-½36 2000 Bayern-chI Bank Hofmann 4thD00 Queen's Pawn Game
16. M Viljanen vs Carlsen 0-141 2001 Nordic School-ch U11A45 Queen's Pawn Game
17. G Kacheishvili vs Carlsen 1-063 2001 5th OIBME32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
18. Carlsen vs G Fant 1-028 2001 Troll MastersC16 French, Winawer
19. Carlsen vs S A Johansen  1-033 2001 Open NOR-chB02 Alekhine's Defense
20. S Gabrielsen vs Carlsen 0-141 2001 Nordic ChampionshipsD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
21. G Gaasland vs Carlsen 0-125 2001 Astlandserien 01/02 div. 1, Follo - AskerE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
22. Carlsen vs H Lahlum  ½-½42 2001 Classics IMAC02 French, Advance
23. Carlsen vs P Scheffknecht  1-058 2001 ECCB42 Sicilian, Kan
24. P Skovgaard vs Carlsen 0-137 2001 Nordic-chTA56 Benoni Defense
25. R Flores vs Carlsen 0-137 2001 Open NOR-chB77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
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Aug-28-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  john barleycorn: <Appaz: ..., so they feel they are expected to sign a contract with too many X-factors....>

Sure there are no "perfect" contracts but we need to see it and the concerns from Carlsen's side should be on the table. Otherwise it looks like raising an issue for the raisings sake.

Anyway, not unusual for many title fights as we all have nerves.

Aug-28-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  devere: It seems that Carlsen will not play Anand in Sochi, and I wonder why. I don't think he is scared of Anand. Perhaps he is just fed up with Kirsan. It's time to replace FIDE with a new world chess organization, and perhaps this will be the first step.
Aug-28-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Absentee: <Appaz: This is what you voted for guys, a continous chaos of conflicts.>

We didn't vote, actually. But anyway, what makes you think that the situation would be any different under Kasparov? If nobody bid for the match before, why would they now? You keep blaming Ilyumzhinov for something over which FIDE has no control.

Aug-28-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  john barleycorn: <devere: It seems that Carlsen will not play Anand in Sochi, and I wonder why. I don't think he is scared of Anand. Perhaps he is just fed up with Kirsan. It's time to replace FIDE with a new world chess organization, and perhaps this will be the first step.>

We have it heard all before:

Fischer was not afraid of Karpov or anybody.

And a new world chess organization? Yes, and we know its president.

Aug-28-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Rolfo: Carlsen is probably fed up on Fide. He was forced to play in Chennai without a bidding contest and now Kirsan / Putin have the opportunity to force him to play in their backyard while Putin handily intervenes on his neighbour. And they surely will know how to make good propaganda from the event. Gens una sumus without Carlsen I guess
Aug-28-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Appaz: <<Absentee> <Appaz: This is what you voted for guys, a continous chaos of conflicts.>

We didn't vote, actually.>

You should assume that was directed to those who voted, not pawns on an Internet site.

<But anyway, what makes you think that the situation would be any different under Kasparov?>

Because he said he would postpone the match if elected to have time to raise money. With Kasparov's name in the west, I believe he would have succeeded.

<If nobody bid for the match before, why would they now?>

Because being associated with a FIDE run by Kasparov would not have been nearly as embarrassing as the former dictator and alien abductee Chaos-Kirsan.

<You keep blaming Ilyumzhinov for something over which FIDE has no control.>

FIDE has lost control because of Chaos-Kirsan.

You may well believe that things would not have been better under Kasparov, but all we really know is how they have been under Chaos-Kirsans reign and how they seem to continue to be.

Aug-28-14  tzar: <Rolfo: Carlsen is probably fed up on Fide. He was forced to play in Chennai without a bidding contest and now Kirsan / Putin have the opportunity to force him to play in their backyard while Putin handily intervenes on his neighbour. And they surely will know how to make good propaganda from the event. Gens una sumus without Carlsen I guess>

It is a SCANDAL, last time he was "forced" to play in Chennai without a bidding contest and now he is "forced" to play in Sochi with a bidding contest by the devil of Kalmikya!!.

It certainly looks like a Putin/Kirsan conspiracy against him. For sure Magnus has become Putin's main target...poor guy, and even they are not paying all the millions $ that he wanted...Anand must be an idiot not to complain...maybe he does not understand the subtleties of the affair.

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Aug-28-14  MarkFinan: <devere: It seems that Carlsen will not play Anand in Sochi>

So the match is off? This is all moving pretty quick! And people are still talking about these elections too, someone must have seen this coming because I sure didn't! Really looking forward to watching the games live too. Even if it's Karjakin against Anand!

Aug-28-14
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  Absentee: <Appaz: Because being associated with a FIDE run by Kasparov would not have been nearly as embarrassing as the former dictator and alien abductee Chaos-Kirsan.>

I'd be more embarassed to be associated with Kasparov, but this is not the issue with funding. Bids come when someone expects a monetary return generated by the event, not when the guy in charge is nice (well, according to some at least). If there had been anything to gain, someone would have jumped at the chance. But there isn't. Nobody expects this match to attract any attention outside of the chess world, and not much within either. Besides, it would be a rather odd moment for cutthroat businessmen to be growing a conscience.

<FIDE has lost control because of Chaos-Kirsan.>

FIDE never lost control because it never had it. The Chennai match was a huge success, it even made the news, so please don't tell me the lack of interest today has anything to do with Ilyumzhinov. Like anybody cares who the man is. If outside sources aren't interested, there's not much FIDE can do. In fact, if FIDE hadn't resorted to seeking a venue itself, we wouldn't have a match at all.

Aug-28-14  Refused: <<But anyway, what makes you think that the situation would be any different under Kasparov?>

Because he said he would postpone the match if elected to have time to raise money. With Kasparov's name in the west, I believe he would have succeeded.>

Kasparov says a lot of things, and I wouldn't trust any of those. And I trust Kasparov's ability to gather some private company to work with him again even less. You remember how those cooperations with IBM and Intel ended?

<<If nobody bid for the match before, why would they now?>

Because being associated with a FIDE run by Kasparov would not have been nearly as embarrassing as the former dictator and alien abductee Chaos-Kirsan.>

Well to be fair, Kirsan inherited a lot of chaos caused by Kasparov. It took him a good while, but most of the chaos is a thing of the past. He fixed system for WC and qualification. At least for the open title. The womens' title and cycle is still a mess that needs fixing.

<<You keep blaming Ilyumzhinov for something over which FIDE has no control.>

FIDE has lost control because of Chaos-Kirsan. >

I tend to disagree, FIDE has regained a good bit of control under Chaos Kirsan. Chess is simply lacking sex appeal to be well promoted. Companies had a hard time surviving the financial crisis, so them paying millions to sponsor an event which has a fairly limited audience is not that likely. e.g. Tata Steel (Wijk) had to endure several financial cuts, because Tata Steel did not want to or could not pay the same money they used to pay in the previous years. And Chaos Kaspy has failed to establish two rival organizations to Fide. And quite a few people who were involved with him in the past do not have that many kind words for him. Just ask Shirov what he thinks of Kasparov.

Aug-28-14
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  Absentee: <Refused: Kasparov says a lot of things, and I wouldn't trust any of those.>

When all he has to do is run his mouth I'm sure he can move mountains.

Aug-28-14
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  HeMateMe: Anand would never complain about anything at the top of world chess. He knows that the royal game balances precariously on the whims of wealthy benefactors.

Carlsen may have some real emotional problems if he refuses to play the match. The scheduling hasn't been a surprise, it hurts him in no way, and the venue is perfectly safe. Sochi is deserted, now that the Olympics are over.

Aug-28-14  bobthebob: <Carlsen may have some real emotional problems if he refuses to play the match.>

Remember that he did something similar to this in 2010 with the Candidates cycle. I would have thought 4 more years of maturing would have improved matters.

Aug-28-14
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  Bureaucrat: So many wise guys here. People who know better.
Aug-28-14  fgh: <HeMateMe: Anand would never complain about anything at the top of world chess. He knows that the royal game balances precariously on the whims of wealthy benefactors.

Carlsen may have some real emotional problems if he refuses to play the match. The scheduling hasn't been a surprise, it hurts him in no way, and the venue is perfectly safe. Sochi is deserted, now that the Olympics are over.>

<bobthebob: Remember that he did something similar to this in 2010 with the Candidates cycle. I would have thought 4 more years of maturing would have improved matters.>

Classic. A civil war is taking place in Ukraine, Western countries are imposing sanctions on Russia and vice versa, "democratic" newspapers are constantly grilling Putin while Russian media praise him, FIDE refuses to reveal key info about AGON and the identity of the sponsor of the upcoming WC, and yet Carlsen bashers have the nerve to speak of "real emotional problems" and "maturing" and claim that those are the reasons why Carlsen has been behaving in this or that way. ****ing twits.

Aug-28-14  nok: Funny how some discover that playing in Sotchi is wrong the day Carlsen starts bitching about it.
Aug-28-14
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  perfidious: <fgh> Replace 'Carlsen' with 'Nakamura' and the tune would be the same. When it comes to pounding on these players, any excuse will do.
Aug-28-14  bobthebob: <fgh>
Classic. You are missing the point and deflecting.

According to chessbase, Carlsen had NO objection to Sotchi. So whining about civil wars in Ukraine is completely irrelevant.

Carlsen withdrew from the candidates cycle in 2010 and complained about the privileges the WC gets in the cycle.

Now 4 years later as WC he is asking for things that in no other sport would the WC ask for. How hard would people laugh at a soccer team declaring: "Sorry, I don't want to play in the World Cup because one of the sponsors is BMW and I prefer Mercedes" ?

AGON got the rights over TWO YEARS AGO. And suddenly, 10 weeks before the event, Magnus wakes up and now wants to know more about them? What information does he think he is entitled to have? Their financials? Their 5 year plan? Their board minutes?

Maybe he can read the interview from 2 years ago with Ray Keene who said ""I took an instant liking to him because he is a doer and highly cultured, especially in English and French literature. His plans for world chess seem to me to be very well thought through."

Or is it possible this is just a multi-millionaire trying to get more money?

Aug-28-14
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  HeMateMe: fgh--maybe YOU'RE the ****ing twit. A Sochi is not a dangerous place. As others above have mentioned, this venue was in place quite some time ago. If MC had any great moral quarrel with the behavior of Putin, he could have said so a long time ago.

There are rules in place for FIBA, FIDE, NASCAR and any other sporting organization which must be followed. The best player or team in any of these organizations can't just change schedules and other components of the world championship to their own personal taste.

Carlsen proved he was willing to torpedo his own ship a few years ago when he bowed out of the world championship process that ended up with Gelfand as the challenger. If he is so troubled with inner demons as to do so again, then so be it. Chess history is full of people who don't think rationally. If he does walk away from FIDE, please don't paint him as some sort of moral crusader. He isn't.

Aug-28-14  bobthebob: The only surprise is that people are surprised.

Carlsen backed Kasparov.
Kasparov said that if he wins he would postpone the event, get more sponsors, get more money. Kasparov loses election.
All of a sudden Carlsen says he wants to postpone and asks about the sponsor and the prize fund. Surprise!
It has nothing to do with the location or the timing. Looks like Carlsen was hoping his backing Kasparov would result in a bigger prize fund for him. Sad trombone.

Aug-28-14  Chessinfinite: <FIDE end up with a paper title <once again under Kirsan>, most other people will know who the strongest player is and Carlsen can just go on and embarrass these amateurs every time he wins tournaments and maybe even beats their "champion".

This is what you voted for guys, a continous chaos of conflicts.>

This is not Kirsan's fault. The match has been on the cards for over an year, and Chess is being thrown into confusion by Carlsen and his team for once imo.

<FIDE has lost control because of Chaos-Kirsan.

>

Sorry, Am not buying it. I think i will even prefer to vote for Kirsan from now on. What does a guy do, in his place, if the current world Champion keeps breaking away from FIDE on flimsy grounds? . There were NO other sponsors, and so the Sochi match is what they have.

FWIW, Anand would be a legitimate Champion, and even better than Carlsen if Carlsen refuses to play. No problem there. Bring on Anand-Karjakin, if it comes to that. LOL @ Carlsenites who are trying to defend a pathetic attempt at Glory by Carlsen.

Aug-28-14  Chessinfinite: <Classic. A civil war is taking place in Ukraine, Western countries are imposing sanctions on Russia and vice versa, "democratic" newspapers are constantly grilling Putin while Russian media praise him, FIDE refuses to reveal key info about AGON and the identity of the sponsor of the upcoming WC, and yet Carlsen bashers have the nerve to speak of "real emotional problems" and "maturing" and claim that those are the reasons why Carlsen has been behaving in this or that way. ****ing twits.>

Typical response of a victim of moronic western propaganda. Cook up something and stick to it in the name of some 'reason'. I would think it more reason to worry for Carlsen not to play in that region - not because of what Putin has done, but because of what Carlsen's people did in the Ukraine some years back ? Or maybe i don't know what i talk about.

Aug-28-14  csmath: Carlsen will have to play the match, if he does not he will lose the title, it is as simple as that.

If there are concerns about organization then those concerned should have provided alternative. It is somewhat amazing that Norway cannot bear to organize one WC match with Carlsen. Who else would? India did it already, what do you expect ... say Greece to pay whole Carlsen's and Anand's entourage sitting for a month in a luxurious hotel with little interest to general public?

Perhaps Kasparov should try with Croatia, here is a great opportunity for him to take the central stage as he desires.

Chess does not generate any revenue so nobody wants to make that commitment. One would expect Norway to do that but they didn't. You are talking about millions of dollars that somebody needs to flush down the toilet with no return of any kind.

What exactly can you sell with chess match? Post-game interviews with slightly irritated participants treating press and public in condescending manner?

Aug-28-14  bobthebob: <What exactly can you sell with chess match? Post-game interviews with slightly irritated participants?>

Funny!

Today's post match interviews were interesting.
Topolov was actually the best and most human even though he lost - even after he kept being asked if he can recover.

Levon was also really good and amusing.

MVL was hard to watch since you could feel how bad he felt about his result.

Caruana and Naka were kind of boring.

Carlsen was insufferable. He indicated he was going for a win (vs. draw as black) and it must hurt him that an "inept" player got such an easy draw.

Aug-29-14  crazybird: it's pretty standard these days to blame Kirsan and FIDE for every controversy.

Maybe someone should try to find such a scale of prize money in a sport where returns are at best negligible. With neither of the competing players' federations in a position to pony up this time, as far as I know, Kirsan had to do the heavy lifting. Whatever his means, Kirsan somehow put together a prize fund. If you don't like it, offer an alternative.

Otherwise just play. Stop whining everytime you find things not ideal. The world is not ideal. Live with it.

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