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Kjetil A Lie
Number of games in database: 378
Years covered: 1996 to 2020
Last FIDE rating: 2520 (2467 rapid, 2425 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2563

Overall record: +146 -97 =100 (57.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 35 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (43) 
    B43 B48 B33 B32 B60
 English (36) 
    A10 A15 A11 A13 A14
 English, 1 c4 e5 (16) 
    A20 A28 A22 A21
 Queen's Pawn Game (11) 
    A45 D02 D00 A40 D04
 English, 1 c4 c5 (10) 
    A36 A34 A30
 Sicilian Kan (9) 
    B43 B42 B41
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (55) 
    B27 B22 B43 B39 B42
 Modern Benoni (27) 
    A65 A70 A62 A67 A77
 Queen's Pawn Game (21) 
    A45 A41 A46 D02 E10
 King's Indian (15) 
    E91 E61 E99 E60 E90
 Reti System (11) 
    A04 A05 A06
 English, 1 c4 c5 (9) 
    A30 A31 A33 A36 A37
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   K Lie vs Bu Xiangzhi, 2008 1-0
   L E Johannessen vs K Lie, 2004 0-1
   B Bok vs K Lie, 2010 0-1
   K Lie vs E Campos, 2006 1-0
   K Lie vs E Machlik, 2017 1-0
   M Agopov vs K Lie, 2008 0-1
   R Akesson vs K Lie, 2008 0-1
   Kotronias vs K Lie, 2008 0-1
   S Ledger vs K Lie, 2000 0-1
   S Plukkel vs K Lie, 2010 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Norwegian Championship (2016)
   Norwegian Championship (2005)
   Midnight Sun Chess Challenge (2006)
   Norwegian Championship (2006)
   Norwegian Championship (2017)
   Arctic Chess Challenge (2007)
   Liverpool Open (2007)
   Reykjavik Open (2008)
   Politiken Cup (2007)
   Turin Olympiad (2006)
   Reykjavik Open (2002)
   Nordic Championship (2001)
   Calvia Olympiad (2004)
   Dresden Olympiad (2008)
   European Championship (2014)

   🏆 FIDE Online Olympiad
   K Lie vs Shirov (Aug-22-20) 0-1, rapid
   Kazhgaleyev vs K Lie (Aug-22-20) 1-0, rapid
   A Korobov vs K Lie (Aug-21-20) 1-0, rapid
   K Lie vs D Barrish (Aug-21-20) 1-0, rapid
   K Lie vs M Gharibyan (Feb-23-20) 1/2-1/2

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(born Nov-18-1980, 41 years old) Norway

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Kjetil Aleksander Lie is a Norwegian chess grandmaster, the country's eighth GM. Representing the chess club in Porsgrunn, Lie is the first Norwegian GM not from the Oslo vicinity. He is the older brother of IM Espen Lie, and a grandson of Odd Lie.

Lie started playing scholastic chess at the age of eight. In 1994 he won the Norwegian championship for the cadet age group (14 to 15 year olds). He won the Open Norwegian Championship in 2000, and finished first in the top age group in the Norwegian Youth Championships every year from 2000 to 2003.

In 2002, Lie was awarded the title of International Master. The required three Grandmaster norms came in the Norwegian team chess championship of 2003 to 2004, Politiken Cup in Copenhagen in 2004, and Smartfish Chess Masters in Drammen in December 2004 and January 2005. Even after these norms, Lie had still not achieved the required Elo rating of 2500 until he won the first two rounds in a local tournament in Porsgrunn at the end of February 2005. These wins gave Lie a rating of 2500.5, and it did not matter that Lie immediately proceeded to lose the third game. Lie's playing style is aggressive and sacrificial, and he is known as a dangerous tactician. With White, Lie has varied between 1.c4 and 1.e4, with Black he prefers sharp defenses such as the Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto (B36) and the Benoni Defense (A56).

Wikipedia article: Kjetil Aleksander Lie

 page 1 of 16; games 1-25 of 378  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. K Kiik vs K Lie  1-0511996Troll MastersB50 Sicilian
2. Petursson vs K Lie  1-0471996Troll MastersA13 English
3. K Lie vs Westerinen 0-1471996Troll MastersB03 Alekhine's Defense
4. M M Ivanov vs K Lie 0-1451996Troll MastersA06 Reti Opening
5. R Bellin vs K Lie  1-0521996Troll MastersD01 Richter-Veresov Attack
6. K Lie vs L Ogaard  1-0351998NOR-chTB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
7. P H Nielsen vs K Lie  1-0321999Troll MastersE99 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov
8. K Lie vs de Firmian 0-1331999Troll MastersB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
9. K Lie vs R H Fyllingen 1-0291999Norwegian ChampionshipC50 Giuoco Piano
10. R Djurhuus vs K Lie  ½-½481999Norwegian ChampionshipA43 Old Benoni
11. K Lie vs K H Storland  1-0661999Norwegian ChampionshipB03 Alekhine's Defense
12. K Lie vs E J Gausel  0-1541999Norwegian ChampionshipB01 Scandinavian
13. L E Johannessen vs K Lie  ½-½401999Norwegian ChampionshipA43 Old Benoni
14. F Elsness vs K Lie  1-0591999Norwegian ChampionshipA43 Old Benoni
15. K Lie vs O Dannevig  0-1391999Norwegian ChampionshipB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
16. B Leer-Salvesen vs K Lie  ½-½281999Norwegian ChampionshipA30 English, Symmetrical
17. A G R Moen vs K Lie ½-½11999Norwegian ChampionshipA43 Old Benoni
18. K Lie vs A Flaata 1-0422000Ostlandserien 99/00B32 Sicilian
19. K Lie vs J Royset  1-0412000Troll MastersC44 King's Pawn Game
20. K Lie vs B Barth Sahl 1-0472000NOR-chT /01C45 Scotch Game
21. K Lie vs L Ogaard  ½-½552000NOR-chT 9900B48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
22. Kulaots vs K Lie  ½-½682000Troll MastersB78 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long
23. A Flaata vs K Lie  0-1382000Bergen Chess InternationalB01 Scandinavian
24. E J Gausel vs K Lie  ½-½382000BergenA15 English
25. K Lie vs Yakovich  0-1522000BergenB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
 page 1 of 16; games 1-25 of 378  PGN Download
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Aug-10-07  mr.fisk: We need some action on this page! Lie is playing the chess of his life in Tromso,
Aug-11-07  Appaz: <mr.fisk> He surley deserves more attention. A quick summary: 6.5/7 with two rounds to go, a TPR of 2782 and Magnus Carlsen up next.

You need luck to win a tournament, and Lie has had his fair share of it so far, like when Mikhalevski missed the winning 33.Qxf6!

Against Carlsen his chances lays in playing white with good knowledge of both the style and openings of his opponent. The "friends factor" can also easily compensate for a couple of hundred rating points.

Go, Kjetil, one more for Telemark!

Aug-11-07  cotdt: Lie was Carlsen's second and knows Carlsen's playing style well. Lie's playing style is amazing, sacrifices and hanging peices everywhere. Be sure not to miss today's game against Carlsen!
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  Peligroso Patzer: As posted hereinabove on Aug-10-05:
<TheAlchemist: Kjetil A Lie: "I am not related to Odd Lie." >

From a posting today on the Magnus Carlsen page (#600): <whiteshark: <Peligroso Patzer ...Kjetil Lie - any relation to the notorious Odd Lie, I wonder?> Yes Kjetil A Lie and Espen Lie are grandchildren of Odd Lie. User: Tabanus, whom is also paricipating at the Arctic Chess Challenge in Tromsö asked Kjetil Lie directly a few days ago...>

So which statement is the real odd lie?

Aug-11-07  Karpova: <Tabanus: I asked GM Lie today. He and IM Lie are brothers, and Odd Lie was their *grandfather*. I told him about the Odd Lie page on I don't think he'll be offended.> User: Tabanus

There's no need not to trust him. And <Tabanus> had the chance to ask him (he played against Lie in the first round)

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  whiteshark: Looking at <TheAlchemist>' sentence, he punned...ambiguously. :D
Aug-11-07  Appaz: Draw for Lie against Carlsen, and still a half point ahead of Moiseenko before the 9th round.

He has gained rating for every game so far.

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  Peligroso Patzer: Lie’s fantastic run at the Arctic Chess Challenge came up one-half point short of first place when he lost the following game earlier today:

GM Kjetil A. Lie (NOR) (2536) - GM Vugar Gashimov (AZE) (2655) Arctic Chess Callenge 2007(9), Scandic Hotel, Tromsø, 2007.08.12 Trompowsky Attack
1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 e6 3.e3 c5 4.c3 cxd4 5.exd4 Be7 6.Nd2 b6 7.Ngf3 Bb7 8.Bxf6 Bxf6 9.Bd3 d6 10.Qe2 Qc7 11.h4 h6 12.g4 Nd7 13.O-O-O O-O-O 14.Ba6 Bxa6 15.Qxa6+ Qb7 16.Qd3 Be7 17.Rhg1 Kb8 18.g5 hxg5 19.Nxg5 Bxg5 20.Rxg5 g6 21.Ne4 d5 22.Nd2 Nf6 23.Rh1 Rc8 24.Kb1 Qc7 25.Qf3 Nh5 26.Rg4 Qe7 27.Nf1 Rh7 28.Ng3 Rch8 29.Nxh5 Rxh5 30.Qg3+ Kb7 31.f4 b5 32.a3 a6 33.Kc2 Kc6 34.Rh2 Kd7 35.Rg5 Qd6 36.Re5 Qc7 37.b3 a5 38.Kd1 a4 39.Qd3 Qb8 40.bxa4 bxa4 41.Rxh5 Rxh5 42.Qc2 Ke7 43.Qxa4 Qxf4 44.Qb4+ Kf6 45.Qb2 Kg7 46.a4 Rf5 47.Qe2 e5 48.h5 exd4 49.Qd2 dxc3 50.Qxc3+ d4 51.Qb2 Qf3+ 52.Kd2 Qe3+ 53.Kc2 gxh5 54.Kb1 Rf1+ 55.Ka2 Qe6+ 0-1

Final position:

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  Peligroso Patzer: As the following variations demonstrate, Lie was facing either mate or loss of his Queen within a few moves in the final position: 56.♔a3 [56.♕b3 ♖a1+ 57.♔b2 ♖b1+ 58.♔xb1 ♕xb3+ ] 56...♕d6+ 57.♔b3 [57.♔a2 ♕d5+ 58.♔a3 ♕c5+ 59.♔a2 ♕c4+ 60.♔a3 ♖f3+ 61.♕c3 ♖xc3+ 62.♔b2 ♕b3+ 63.♔a1 ♖c1#] 57...♖f3+ 58.♔c4 ♖c3+ 59.♔b5 ♕b8+ 60.♔a5 ♖c5+ 61.♕b5 [61.♔a6 ♕a8+ 62.♔b6 ♕a5+ 63.♔b7 ♖c7+ 64.♔b8 ♕a7#] 61...♖xb5+

Aug-13-07  Appaz: Final result: 7/9, shared 2nd with Carlsen and Gashimov and TPR of 2675. A very nice tournament.
Dec-03-07  cotdt: It seems like Lie throws his games against Carlsen. He makes unsound sacrifices out of the blue, which loses instantly.
Dec-03-07  frogbert: from the bio above:

<Lie's playing style is aggressive and sacrificial>

cotdt, lie always plays like that, it just has started to look like "throwing games" after carlsen became "too strong" for kjetil. :o) gm lie used to have a very good record against carlsen, actually :o)

Dec-03-07  frogbert: i think it's more exact to say that lie makes sacrifices out of the blue - the outcome can be anything :o)

just consider this trashing of 150 points higher rated cheparinov in 2005: K Lie vs I Cheparinov, 2005

Mar-10-08  TheGladiatres: Kjetil is playing a nice game right now in Reykjavik, he will move into second place I think if he win this one.

Nov-16-08  shahjinan: Today he found historical win for China.... I seen game....His analysis is up to the mark...I believe he will be high rated pretty soon...

I am from India....Fan of Anand and Carlsen;)

Nov-16-08  hormuspeston: Still haven't read all the posts... Came here wondering if the name was a creative spelling of the phrase "Tell a Lie"!
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  Tabanus: I've said this before: GM Lie is very talented!

[Event "Chess Olympiad 2008"]
[Site "Dresden"]
[Date "2008.11.15"]
[Round "3.4"]
[White "Lie, Kjetil A"]
[Black "Bu, Xiangzhi"]
[WhiteElo "2526"]
[BlackElo "2714"]
[WhiteTeam "Norwegen"]
[BlackTeam "China"]

1. c4 c6 2. e4 d5 3. cxd5 cxd5 4. e5 Nc6 5. d4 Bf5 6. Bd3 Bxd3 7. Qxd3 e6 8. Nf3 Nge7 9. h4 Qb6 10. Nc3 Nf5 11. Be3 Rd8 12. g4 Nxe3 13. fxe3 Be7 14. O-O O-O 15. Rf2 Nb4 16. Qd2 Qa6 17. Rd1 f6 18. a3 Nc6 19. exf6 Rxf6 20. Ne2 Bd6 21. Rdf1 Na5 22. Ng5 Rxf2 23. Rxf2 Be7 24. e4 h6 25. Qf4 Rf8 26. Qc7 Rxf2 27. Kxf2 Bxg5 28. hxg5 Qb6 29. Qc8+ Kh7 30. g6+ Kxg6 31. exd5 Qd6 32. Qxe6+ Qxe6 33. dxe6 Kf6 34. d5 Nc4 35. Nd4 g6 36. b3 Nd6 37. Nf3 Nb5 38. Ke3 Nxa3 39. Nd4 Ke7 40. Kf4 Kd6 41. g5 h5 42. Nf5+ Kc7 43. Ke4 1-0

Nov-18-08  brankat: Happy Birthday Kjetil!
Jan-03-09  Sularus: hope he wins at least one game in the AKER CHESS CHALLENGE

Kjetil A Lie

Jan-05-09  WhiteRook48: happy new year GM Lie!!
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Jan-25-12  wordfunph: from chessbase..

<During the 2007 candidates matches in Elista, Lie served as Magnus Carlsen's second, helping with analysis and preparations. He was praised by Magnus's father for his efforts and humor. In Wijk aan Zee this year he mainly assists Magnus by playing squash with him in the evenings.>

Nov-18-12  brankat: So many Lies around here :-)
Nov-18-12  waustad: Happy B'day! You just flipped 6 bits!
Jan-30-15  zanzibar: <Tabanus>'s link above is now stale, or rather, has evolved into a generic page without information on Kjetil.

I would recommend copying text from profile pages to avoid future link-rot in cases like this. Maybe not the entire article but enough to get the sourcing of relevant facts preserved in the record.

For instance, the biography above mentions that Kjetil is Odd's grandson, yet the wiki article referenced doesn't have any info on that.

Where did this information come from?

After looking up a few Norwegian chess terms with google translate, I found this:

<Today plays in portrait GM Kjetil A.Lie. The 29-year-old reigning NM grew up on Brattås at Porsgrunn. Kjetil comes from a real chess family. Grandfather Odd K. Lie was Norwegian Champion in mail chess, including in 1985. The father Gunnar Lie a very competent hobby player who participates regularly in tournaments. Brother IM Espen Lie belongs the ultimate layer of Norwegian players and became Norwegian Champion in 2007 after having won stikkampen against club mate Geir Sune Østbye Tallaksen who became a reality when both ended alike after nine rounds under Hamar NM.>



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