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Simen Agdestein
S Agdestein 
Simen at the Arctic Chess Challenge, Tromso, August 2008.
Photo courtesy of Egil Arne.
Number of games in database: 758
Years covered: 1981 to 2021
Last FIDE rating: 2552 (2522 rapid, 2591 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2637

Overall record: +243 -150 =218 (57.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 147 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (46) 
    E62 E80 E60 E77 E67
 Queen's Indian (32) 
    E12 E15 E16 E17
 English (28) 
    A15 A13 A11 A16 A12
 Nimzo Indian (26) 
    E32 E48 E41 E53 E54
 English, 1 c4 c5 (25) 
    A30 A34 A35 A37 A36
 Queen's Gambit Declined (24) 
    D37 D30 D31 D38 D35
With the Black pieces:
 Dutch Defense (52) 
    A90 A84 A85 A93 A92
 French Defense (47) 
    C18 C05 C11 C10 C09
 Ruy Lopez (37) 
    C70 C92 C99 C90 C60
 Sicilian (31) 
    B22 B52 B30 B90 B40
 Queen's Indian (28) 
    E15 E12 E16 E14 E17
 Alekhine's Defense (21) 
    B04 B03 B02 B05
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Speelman vs S Agdestein, 1992 0-1
   S Agdestein vs Nunn, 1985 1/2-1/2
   S Agdestein vs Short, 1995 1-0
   Gulko vs S Agdestein, 1990 0-1
   H Olafsson vs S Agdestein, 1987 0-1
   Carlsen vs S Agdestein, 2004 0-1
   Karpov vs S Agdestein, 1991 0-1
   S Agdestein vs K Holm, 2017 1-0
   S Agdestein vs Adams, 1994 1-0
   H Fronczek vs S Agdestein, 2000 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   10th Lloyds Bank Masters Open (1986)
   Espoo Zonal (1989)
   Reykjavik Open (1996)
   Norwegian Championship (2005)
   Hastings 1991/92 (1991)
   Norwegian Championship (2006)
   Haninge (1988)
   Norwegian Championship (2004)
   Hoogovens (1988)
   Lucerne Olympiad (1982)
   Thessaloniki Olympiad (1984)
   Xtracon Chess Open (2017)
   Gibraltar Masters (2014)
   Manila Interzonal (1990)
   Bundesliga 1998/99 (1999)

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

   🏆 European Hybrid Qual
   S Agdestein vs P Ponkratov (May-29-21) 1/2-1/2
   P Ponkratov vs S Agdestein (May-28-21) 1-0
   S Agdestein vs I Starostits (Oct-06-20) 1/2-1/2
   J van Foreest vs S Agdestein (Aug-22-20) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   V Gazik vs S Agdestein (Aug-21-20) 1-0, rapid

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(born May-15-1967, 56 years old) Norway

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Simen Agdestein was awarded the IM title in 1983 and the GM title in 1985. He has won seven Norwegian chess championships, including the Norwegian Championship (2005). He was one a nominees to the World Cup (2013), but was eliminated from the Cup when he lost to Etienne Bacrot in the first round.

He is also the former coach of Magnus Carlsen, and is the brother of Carlsen's present manager, Espen Agdestein. He has authored and co-authored several books on chess, including a biography of Carlsen.

Multitalented, he also represented Norway football at the international level.

Wikipedia article: Simen Agdestein

 page 1 of 32; games 1-25 of 799  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. P Cramling vs S Agdestein  ½-½231981BergsjoB82 Sicilian, Scheveningen
2. S Agdestein vs A Ornstein  ½-½361982Gausdal JubileeE12 Queen's Indian
3. S Agdestein vs Granda Zuniga 0-1361982Ch World Cadet'sD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
4. S Agdestein vs W R Lopez  1-0271982Lucerne OlympiadE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
5. A Sygulski vs S Agdestein  1-0401982Lucerne OlympiadD76 Neo-Grunfeld, Nxd5, 7.O-O Nb6
6. S Agdestein vs B de Bruycker  1-0371982Lucerne OlympiadA61 Benoni
7. M Campos Lopez vs S Agdestein  0-1601982Lucerne OlympiadB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
8. S Agdestein vs F J Sanz Alonso  1-0381982Lucerne OlympiadE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
9. S Agdestein vs R Cifuentes Parada  1-0641982Lucerne OlympiadE12 Queen's Indian
10. A Palacios vs S Agdestein  0-1271982Lucerne OlympiadA04 Reti Opening
11. G West vs S Agdestein 1-0361982Lucerne OlympiadB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
12. J Yrjola vs S Agdestein  0-1391982Lucerne OlympiadE41 Nimzo-Indian
13. S Agdestein vs J Ost-Hansen  ½-½181982Lucerne OlympiadA56 Benoni Defense
14. J Hase vs S Agdestein 0-1391982Lucerne OlympiadB50 Sicilian
15. N R Anilkumar vs S Agdestein  ½-½451982Lucerne OlympiadE73 King's Indian
16. S Agdestein vs K Regan  ½-½581983Eksjo 11thE12 Queen's Indian
17. H Rothen vs S Agdestein  ½-½211983Eksjo 11thB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
18. S Agdestein vs K S Ojanen  1-0411983Nordic-ttD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
19. S Agdestein vs T Ernst  ½-½901983Eksjo 11thA05 Reti Opening
20. S Agdestein vs L Ogaard  ½-½201983Gausdal JubileeE12 Queen's Indian
21. S Agdestein vs Keene ½-½291983Gausdal JubileeA42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
22. Miles vs S Agdestein  1-0361983GjovikE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
23. Adorjan vs S Agdestein  1-0681983GjovikA30 English, Symmetrical
24. S Agdestein vs Ftacnik  ½-½341983GjovikD85 Grunfeld
25. Browne vs S Agdestein  1-0311983GjovikE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
 page 1 of 32; games 1-25 of 799  PGN Download
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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 :)
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  ketchuplover: Down goes Agdestein :( x infinity
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  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.)

May-02-15  TheFocus: <Real chess players think about chess more or less 24 hours a day. It is a passion and a fate that one has to live with - and it lasts a lifetime> - Agdestein, Simen.
May-07-15  TheFocus: <Torbjorn (Hansen, Magnus Carlsen's first teacher) himself went from 2104 to 2204 in rating during the year he trained with Magnus. This reflects the experience I have had. One learns nearly as much from teaching others> - Simen Agdestein.
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  egilarne: <Fusilli>: Thank you, I'm happy to see that you think the photo I took of Simen Agdestein in the Norwegian championship in Bergen 2009 was nice! may of course use it :)
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  Fusilli: <egilarne> Cool, I'll post on Biographer Bistro, letting the biographers know.
May-12-15  alfamikewhiskey: The Telegraph reports on Simen Agdestein's loss to a six-year old girl (!) (in simul, though) - not omitting to link the "incident" to Short's remarks on chess and females:


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  Penguincw: Happy 48th birthday to GM Simen Agdestein! Unfortunately, he didn't get too great of a birthday gift, as he would end up finishing last at the EnterCard Scandinavian Masters (2015). It's a shame, considering I would've liked to see him play at Norway again. He did well there, scoring 7 straight draws before losing twice.
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  ketchuplover: belated happy birthday young man
Nov-19-16  Christoforus Polacco: The best football player among chess players. Respect !
Oct-17-17  Octavia: I wish someone would write a book on good draws. I only know 2: 1 by Leonid Verkhovsky and 1 by Wolfgang Heidenfeld
May-15-18  Count Wedgemore: Gratulerer med dagen, Simen!
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  Tabanus:, he is the new European 50+ open champion, in a not too strong field.
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  valiant: Swedish TV 1988 (Haninge, Sweden Chess Tournament)
Sep-28-21  Albertan: Simen Agdestein wins Grand Prix Tournament in Kragero:

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