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Simen Agdestein
Number of games in database: 514
Years covered: 1982 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2620 (2574 rapid, 2602 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2637
Overall record: +171 -125 =167 (55.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      51 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (31) 
    E62 E67 E60 E80 E97
 Queen's Indian (22) 
    E15 E12 E16 E17
 Queen's Gambit Declined (19) 
    D37 D31 D38 D30 D06
 Nimzo Indian (18) 
    E32 E41 E48 E21 E24
 English (17) 
    A15 A13 A16 A12 A11
 Queen's Pawn Game (17) 
    A45 A40 A41 E00 D01
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (32) 
    C70 C92 C99 C76 C90
 French Defense (31) 
    C18 C05 C11 C09 C10
 Dutch Defense (29) 
    A90 A84 A85 A94 A92
 Sicilian (20) 
    B22 B40 B25 B31 B90
 Queen's Indian (19) 
    E15 E12 E13 E17 E14
 Alekhine's Defense (17) 
    B04 B03 B02 B05
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   S Agdestein vs Short, 1995 1-0
   S Agdestein vs Nunn, 1985 1/2-1/2
   Karpov vs S Agdestein, 1991 0-1
   Speelman vs S Agdestein, 1992 0-1
   S Agdestein vs Adams, 1994 1-0
   S Agdestein vs R Djurhuus, 2006 1-0
   Romanishin vs S Agdestein, 1985 1/2-1/2
   Hort vs S Agdestein, 1984 0-1
   S Agdestein vs Lahno, 2010 1-0
   Speelman vs S Agdestein, 1985 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Norwegian Championship (2005)
   Norwegian Championship (2006)
   Norwegian Championship (2004)
   Taxco Interzonal (1985)
   Arctic Chess Challenge (2007)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2014)
   36th Olympiad (2004)
   Gibraltar (2008)
   European Club Cup (2013)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2015)
   Chess Olympiad (2014)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Taxco Interzonal 1985 by suenteus po 147
   Taxco Interzonal 1985 by Tabanus
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1988 by suenteus po 147
   Karpov vs. Agdestein, match Gjøvik, Norway 1991 by NilsR

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(born May-15-1967, 47 years old) Norway

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Simen Agdestein was awarded the IM title in 1983 and the GM title in 1985. He was Norwegian champion in 1982 (after a play-off) and Nordic champion in 1985 (also after a play-off). He also represented Norway in soccer at an international level. He was Magnus Carlsen 's trainer & his brother is Espen Agdestein. He was one of the organizer's nominees to the World Cup (2013), but was eliminated from the Cup when he lost to Etienne Bacrot in the first round.

Wikipedia article: Simen Agdestein

 page 1 of 21; games 1-25 of 514  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. S Agdestein vs Granda Zuniga 0-136 1982 Ch World Cadet's unD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
2. H Rothen vs S Agdestein  ½-½21 1983 Eksjo 11thB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
3. S Agdestein vs Keene ½-½29 1983 Gausdal (Norway)A42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
4. Miles vs S Agdestein  1-036 1983 GjovikE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
5. J Magem Badals vs S Agdestein  0-124 1983 ch-EU jrB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
6. S Agdestein vs I Stohl  1-041 1983 GroningenD85 Grunfeld
7. S Agdestein vs Spassky 1-053 1983 GjovikD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. S Agdestein vs Ftacnik  ½-½34 1983 GjovikD85 Grunfeld
9. Adorjan vs S Agdestein  1-068 1983 It (cat.12)A30 English, Symmetrical
10. Browne vs S Agdestein  1-031 1983 It (cat.12)E11 Bogo-Indian Defense
11. V Allegro vs S Agdestein  0-150 1984 EU-ch U20E73 King's Indian
12. Miles vs S Agdestein 1-042 1984 OsloD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
13. S Agdestein vs Quinteros  1-022 1984 OlympiadE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
14. Karpov vs S Agdestein 1-038 1984 Oslo ;MCL 02C18 French, Winawer
15. Hort vs S Agdestein 0-134 1984 Thessaloniki olm ;BIGE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
16. Hort vs S Agdestein  0-147 1984 OsloC18 French, Winawer
17. S Agdestein vs DeFirmian  0-135 1984 It ( cat. 13 )E41 Nimzo-Indian
18. S Agdestein vs Adorjan  ½-½41 1984 Oslo (Norway)E12 Queen's Indian
19. S Agdestein vs Vaganian  0-137 1985 NaestvedA57 Benko Gambit
20. S Agdestein vs Pinter  ½-½51 1985 Taxco InterzonalD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
21. S Agdestein vs Petursson  1-041 1985 Mch 04E12 Queen's Indian
22. M Sisniega vs S Agdestein  0-140 1985 Taxco InterzonalC18 French, Winawer
23. Chandler vs S Agdestein  ½-½37 1985 Nimzo-mem, CopenhageC19 French, Winawer, Advance
24. Hjartarson vs S Agdestein  0-126 1985 Nordic-ch playoff-1plB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
25. S Agdestein vs DeFirmian  0-135 1985 Oslo (Norway)E41 Nimzo-Indian
 page 1 of 21; games 1-25 of 514  PGN Download
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  waustad: I hope he plays and that we hear Hammer doing commentary. I've never heard the latter talking, but his writing is funny and he is studying journalism now according to his blog.
May-04-14  schweigzwang: <I hope he plays and that we hear Hammer doing commentary.>

In which language? :)

As seen/heard at Norway Chess 2013, his english seems to be good enough to do commentary in english.

May-15-14  Chessinfinite: Good luck to 'Dimen' Simen ! at the Norway Chess.

Interesting to see how he fares against an opposition that is way above his class, he probably will be thrilled to play Magnus in an official game, who is like that guy Moses ? to him maybe :)

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  Appaz: Round 1: Aronian - Agdestein 1/2 - 1/2.

Aronian, in the end, must be very happy with that draw.

Bring on Magnus!

Jun-03-14  Rolfo: Keep on Simen! Get Giri off road to rough terrain, and he must gear down :)
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  Appaz: Agdestein stealing points from the super-elite...pffft, old news!

New strong draw with white against Giri yesterday.

Fun fact: Giri won 1.7 Elo from Magnus Carlsen in the first round by drawing him. These 1.7 Elo points was now transferred to Agdestein when he drew Giri.

Go Simen!

Jun-05-14  NeoIndian: Go Simen, indeed!
Jun-05-14  Rolfo: Old dogs can still bark! Well done so far
Jun-05-14  NeoIndian: Feeling a bit sad about his missed chances against Karjakin. A win with black against Sergei would've been absolutely awesome. Still rooting for him to do good, and maybe beat one of these guys.
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  Appaz: Karjakin - Adestein 1/2 - 1/2.

Great game to watch. Simen missed 48..Kf7 and later his last chance to win, 54..Ke6.

Karjakin should have played h4 before black took his chance to free himself with the same move. After this white is in trouble.

Except for these moves, Simen pretty much followed Houdini at 20+ ply, sometimes improving on the engines suggestions, which indicates he played a very strong game.

Go Simen!

Jun-08-14  Conrad93: Agdestein always gets a god position against these guys, but he always misses the decisive move.

If you can't do that, you might as well just agree to a draw from the beginning.

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  Appaz: Another draw, with black against Grishuk, world #3.

Another narrow escape of a Super-GM: had he found 39. Rxg2+ in the time trouble, it would have won for Agdestein.

Undefeated on 50%, Agdestein has already scored as expected with four rounds to go.

Jun-09-14  Rolfo: Great draw again. Amazing result in this tournament whatever happens next. Could he crown it wit a win? And he, Magnus and Kramnik haven't lost yet
Jun-09-14  Rolfo: *with
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  moronovich: Are you witty today,<Rolfo>? :)
Jun-09-14  Gegga: Simen and Magnus are the only players who have not lost in Norway Chess, so far (round 6). Who would have guessed that, before the tournament? :-)
Jun-09-14  Whitehat1963: Does anyone know how many Elo points Agdestein has picked up in this tournament?
Jun-09-14  Rolfo: Moronovich, when Simen is coughing I thought he would also demonstrate that old dogs can bark just to put some awe into his opponent, but maybe it isn't witty or even more some could see it as lack of respect, so I actually didn't wright this :)
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  moronovich: <Rolfo: Moronovich, when Simen is coughing I thought he would also demonstrate that old dogs can bark just to put some awe into his opponent, but maybe it isn't witty or even more some could see it as lack of respect, so I actually didn't wright this :)>

I just tried to play with the words with and wit that you mixed.And if my little teaser landed in a fjord with a big nothing I may offer you a cold beer:)

And yes it is close to awesome to see the oldtimer doing so surprisingly well.

Jun-10-14  Rolfo: A cold beer anytime, and if Simen is around a beer for him too :)
Jun-12-14  ketchuplover: Down goes Agdestein :( x infinity
Jun-13-14  ketchuplover: and again :( SIGH
Jun-13-14  Rolfo: All in all more than expected from Simen. Well done
Jun-13-14  john barleycorn: <Rolfo: All in all more than expected from Simen. Well done>

there is nothing less than last. :-)

But seriously, he did much better than a couple of guys here predicted. Hats off.

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  Fusilli: Maybe it's time to upload a photo of Agdestein? This one is nice, and Wikipedia photos are not copyright-protected, right?

(I think this is a nicer photo than the one on his English Wikipedia page.)

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