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Cooperation Carlsen and Kasparov ’should take a different direction’
8 March 2010, 10.34 CET | By José Diaz

On March 3 Chessbase published a press release in which it was announced that Magnus Carlsen and Garry Kasparov won’t continue their training sessions:
With those achievements a major target has been met in the cooperation between these two chess players, even earlier than anticipated. Therefore it has been decided that their cooperation should take a different direction this year. Magnus will be responsible for all career decisions, without constant guidance, as this is the natural next stage in his chess development. For the time being there are no plans for chess camps or regular coaching during events. Garry Kasparov and Magnus Carlsen have agreed to remain in contact, and Carlsen will still have the opportunity to confer regularly with Kasparov.

Det forundrer meg at det ikke er skrevet noe om dette i norsk presse. Pressemeldingen går langt i å antyde at samarbeidet Carlsen Kasparov legges på is, eller drastisk endre karakter fra et aktivt forpliktende samarbeid til et passivt og sporadisk/tilfeldig.


En annen bra karikaturer med Magnus og Garry:


Der Spiegel
11 2010
Interview by Maik Grossekathöfer

Artikkelen er oversattt til engelsk av Chessbase news

Magnus Carlsen on his chess career
15.03.2010 – The German weekly news magazine Der Spiegel is the largest and most influential in Europe. At irregular intervals it turns its spotlight on chess. Today’s edition has an unprecedented three-page interview with the world’s number one player, with questions regarding general intelligence, chess talent, work ethics and his chess trainer Garry Kasparov. Interesting new insights.

“I am chaotic and lazy”

SPIEGEL: Mr Carlsen, what is your IQ?

Carlsen: I have no idea. I wouldn’t want to know it anyway. It might turn out to be a nasty surprise.

SPIEGEL: Why? You are 19 years old and ranked the number one chess player in the world. You must be incredibly clever.

Carlsen: And that’s precisely what would be terrible. Of course it is important for a chess player to be able to concentrate well, but being too intelligent can also be a burden. It can get in your way. I am convinced that the reason the Englishman John Nunn never became world champion is that he is too clever for that.

SPIEGEL: How that?

Carlsen: At the age of 15, Nunn started studying mathematics in Oxford; he was the youngest student in the last 500 years, and at 23 he did a PhD in algebraic topology. He has so incredibly much in his head. Simply too much. His enormous powers of understanding and his constant thirst for knowledge distracted him from chess.

SPIEGEL: Things are different in your case?

Carlsen: Right. I am a totally normal guy. My father is considerably more intelligent than I am.

SPIEGEL: Aha. How many moves can you calculate ahead?

Carlsen: That depends on the game situation. Sometimes 15 to 20. But the trick is to correctly assess the position at the end of the calculation.

SPIEGEL: You became a grandmaster at the age of 13 years, four months and 27 days; and there has never been a younger number one than you before. What is that due to, if not to your intelligence?

Carlsen: I’m not saying that I am totally stupid. But my success mainly has to do with the fact that I had the opportunity to learn more, more quickly. It has become easier to get hold of information. The players from the Soviet Union used to be at a huge advantage; in Moscow they had access to vast archives, with countless games carefully recorded on index cards. Nowadays anyone can buy this data on DVD for 150 euros; one disk holds 4.5 million games. There are also more books than there used to be. And then of course I started working with a computer earlier than Vladimir Kramnik or Viswanathan Anand.

SPIEGEL: When exactly?

Carlsen: I was eleven or twelve. I used the computer to prepare for tournaments, and I played on the Internet. Nowadays, children start using a computer at an even earlier age; they are already learning the rules on screen. In that sense I am already old-fashioned. Technological progress leads to younger and younger top players, everywhere in the world.

SPIEGEL: Is being young an advantage in modern chess?

Carlsen: As a young player you have a lot of energy, a lot of strength, you are very motivated. But young players are often not good at defending a position; they cannot cope well when fate turns against them. The fact is simply that experience is a central issue. One of the most important things in chess is pattern recognition: the ability to recognise typical themes and images on the board, characteristics of a position and their consequences. To a certain degree you can learn that while training, but there is nothing like playing routine. I have always made sure to get that. I am only 19, but I have certainly already played a thousand games in the classic style.

SPIEGEL: When did you start playing chess?

Carlsen: I must have been five and a half or six years old. My father taught my oldest sister, Ellen, and me the rules. Unlike Ellen, I was not particularly interested; I was bad and soon stopped again. It was not until I was eight that I started occupying myself with chess again.

SPIEGEL: What exactly did you do?

Carlsen: I took a board and recapitulated games for myself which my father showed me at the time. Why was this or that move made? I discovered the secrets of the game for myself. It was fascinating. Then, after a few months, I also read books about openings.

SPIEGEL: Where did this enthusiasm for chess come from all of a sudden?

Carlsen: I don’t know. No more than I can tell you why I wanted to do 50-piece jigsaw puzzles when I was not even two years old. Why did I want to know all the common car makes at the age of two and a half? Why did I read books about geography at the age of five? I don’t know why I learnt all the countries of the world off by heart, including their capitals and populations. Chess was probably just another pastime.

SPIEGEL: There was no crucial experience?

Carlsen: I saw Ellen, my sister, playing. I think I wanted to beat her at it.


Carlsen: After the game she didn’t touch a board again for four years.

SPIEGEL: When did you start playing tournaments?

Carlsen: A little later. My father said, if I trained a bit more I could perhaps take part in the Norwegian championships of the under 11s. I thought to myself: Oh, that might be fun. My result was okay. I won the tournament the following year.

SPIEGEL: Your father is an ambitious club player. When did you first defeat him?

Carlsen: Just before my ninth birthday, in a game of lightning chess.

SPIEGEL: You later attended a sports school. Did the ice hockey players, handball players and cyclists there tease you?

Carlsen: Look over there, the chess freak? No, that didn‘t happen. Quite the contrary. Last summer they voted me pupil of the year.

SPIEGEL: In your chess class, were you trained as systematically as the former Russian child prodigies?

Carlsen: No. I’m not a disciplined thinker. Organisation is not my thing; I am chaotic and tend to be lazy. My trainer recognised that and as a rule allowed me to practise whatever I felt like at the time.

SPIEGEL: You are a sloppy genius?

Carlsen: I’m not a genius. Sloppy? Perhaps. It’s like this: When I am feeling good, I train a lot. When I feel bad, I don’t bother. I don’t enjoy working to a timetable. Systematic learning would kill me.

SPIEGEL: How were you able to stand maths lessons then?

Carlsen: When I was 13, my parents took me out of school for a year. They travelled around the world with me and my sisters, and on the way they taught us. That was fantastic, much more effective than sitting in school. I do understand that it is a problem for a teacher having to look after 30 pupils. But the slow speed was quite frustrating for me. I didn’t miss school at all.

SPIEGEL: Which countries did you visit?

Carlsen: We travelled by car to Austria, Montenegro, Greece, Italy and Hungary. The countries in the East are poorer than I thought, by the way. In Rome I visited St. Peter’s Basilica and saw a football match at the Olympic Stadium. Wonderful. When we were in Moscow, my mother and my sisters went to the Bolshoi Theatre, I didn’t.

SPIEGEL: Why not?

Carlsen: I ask you, ballet! That’s boring. I sat down in an Internet café and played chess on the Web. Later we were Dubai, that’s where I fulfilled the last norm that was necessary to become a grandmaster. And in Lybia I played the world championships.

SPIEGEL: For a long time you were the hunter in chess; now that you are the number one, you are the hunted. Do you notice that?

Carlsen: Certainly. The pressure has increased, everyone wants to beat me. I also notice a growing responsibility for having to structure the game, because my opponents refuse to do so. They are more cautious than they were just a year ago.

SPIEGEL: How do you deal with that?

Carlsen: Without any problems so far. I still sleep soundly and long. I feel sorry for players who are always lying awake at night, brooding over their games. Some colleagues literally become depressive during a long tournament. I enjoy playing squash or tennis to switch off; I watch television series on DVD.

SPIEGEL: We hear that you know the first three seasons of “Dr. House” by heart.

Carlsen: It can’t be three. I’ve only seen two of them.

SPIEGEL: During tournaments you sometimes stay in a bleak hotel for weeks. You are 19 years old – you don`t have the impression to miss your youth?

Carlsen: No.

SPIEGEL: Do you go out for a drink at night too sometimes?

Carlsen: Rarely. I prefer to chat with friends on the Internet or play poker online.

SPIEGEL: For money?

Carlsen: Of course. For what else?

SPIEGEL: Do you win?

Carlsen: If I take a game seriously, I do. If not, I sometimes lose. But that doesn’t matter. What is important is that I have a life beyond chess.


Carlsen: Chess should not become an obsession. Otherwise there’s a danger that you will slide off into a parallel world, that you lose your sense of reality, get lost in the infinite cosmos of the game. You become crazy. I make sure that I have enough time between tournaments to go home in order to do other things. I like hiking and skiing, and I play football in a club.

SPIEGEL: Do you have a favourite club?

Carlsen: Real Madrid, the royals.

SPIEGEL: Many football players use music to get in the mood before a game. Do you do that too before sitting down in front of the board?

Carlsen: Oh, yes. If I am feeling gloomy before a game, I listen to gloomy music.

SPIEGEL: Such as?

Carlsen: You probably won’t know it, a song by Lil Jon. A silly rap song, but it does me good, I loosen up. I listen to music on the Internet, but don`t download any songs. It’s all totally legal. Many people may find that boring, but I think it is important.

SPIEGEL: For a year now you have been working with Garry Kasparov, who is probably the best chess player of all time. What form does your cooperation take? Kasparov is the teacher, you the pupil?

Carlsen: No. In terms of our playing skills we are not that far apart. There are many things I am better at than he is. And vice versa. Kasparov can calculate more alternatives, whereas my intuition is better. I immediately know how to rate a situation and what plan is necessary. I am clearly superior to him in that respect.

SPIEGEL: How is he useful to you?

Carlsen: He still has loads of unused ideas for openings. And the fact that he has played against most of my opponents himself is invaluable. He senses what mood they are in, how they will open the game. I can’t do that.

SPIEGEL: How long do you want to work with him?

Carlsen: The cooperation has now entered its next natural stage. We reached our goal of becoming the number one considerably ahead of schedule.With that a major goal had been reached. We decided that in the future I should be responsible for all career decisions, without constant guidance from Garry, before and during events.

SPIEGEL: You split up?

Carlsen: No. We remain in contact and I have the opportunity to confer with Garry regularly. I will also attend training sessions with him. I want to stress: the last 12 months have been of immense value to me, and I continue to listen to Garry‘s advice.

SPIEGEL: Viswanthan Anand, the current world champion, is worried that you will dominate the scene for years to come. He thinks it is time you met a girl at last. How is that going?

Carlsen: I get a certain amount of fan mail from younger women.

SPIEGEL: Do you answer it?

Carlsen: It depends.

SPIEGEL: On what?

Carlsen: That is private and confidential.

SPIEGEL: Mr Carlsen, thank you for this interview.


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Columbus Dispatch
Norwegian star kicks it up a notch
Shelby Lyman
Saturday, April 10, 2010

At 19, Magnus Carlsen is demonstrating a consistency we usually see in players in their prime.

The most recent in his string of premier performances is a shared first-place finish with 41-year-old Vassily Ivanchuk in the annual Amber rapid/blindfold tournament in Nice, France.

The victory further validates the notion that the Norwegian prodigy is the strongest player in the world. Like his trainer, Garry Kasparov, and the legendary Bobby Fischer, Carlsen pursues winning with a relentless, bulldoglike tenacity.

In the recent 22-round tournament, he drew only three games, in stark contrast with the 15 draws managed by Ivanchuk. Although he accrued a seemingly massive handicap by losing six games, Carlsen balanced the liability with 13 victories. Ivanchuk suffered no losses but won only seven games.

With first place at stake, Carlsen demonstrated his resilience by winning a final rapid game with Alexander Grishuk after egregiously leaving his queen en prise in a preceding blindfold encounter earlier that day with Grishuk.

Adding luster to Carlsen and Ivanchuk’s performances was the quality of the event: Eight of the world’s top players – including former world champion Vladimir Kramnik, who finished third – were among the participants.


The New york Times
May 11, 2010
Anand Is World Chess Champion Again

Viswanathan Anand, the world champion, took advantage of a major error by Veselin Topalov to win the 12th and final game of their title match on Tuesday in Sofia, Bulgaria. The match had been tied at 5.5 points apiece.

In addition to the title, Anand receives 1.2 million euros (about $1.5 million at current exchange rates). Topalov’s share of the prize fund is 800,000 euros, or about $1 million.

Anand, an Indian grandmaster, became world champion by winning a tournament in Mexico City in 2007. He last defended the title in a match against Vladimir Kramnik, a Russian, in October 2008.

Topalov, a Bulgarian, is a former world champion. He lost a bitter title match to Kramnik in 2006.

The match between Anand and Topalov was hard fought, partly because Topalov invoked a rule for the contest that forbids the players from offering draws to each other. The rule, named after the city where the match was being played, insured that there would be no short draws. As the match wore on and fatigue took a toll, both players began to make mistakes with greater frequency.

In the last game, Topalov badly misjudged the threat posed by Anand’s pieces — in particular his bishop — and allowed the position around his king to be opened up. Anand’s attack was deadly and it looked as if the game would soon be over. But, before he could deliver checkmate, Anand erred, allowing Topalov’s king to slither away.

Topalov was still in trouble, however, and had to give up his queen to stave off mate. He had a chance to survive, but he needed to play carefully. Instead, he played quickly, making another error. That allowed Anand, who still had his queen, to create a powerful passed pawn that Topalov would not be able to stop. Topalov soon conceded the game, and the match, to Anand.

The victory by Anand cements his legacy. For most of his career, he was overshadowed by Garry Kasparov, the former champion, even losing a title match to him in 1995. But after Kasparov retired in 2005, Anand, Topalov and Kramnik vied to establish themselves as the dominant player. Even after Anand won the tournament in Mexico City, some chess purists argued that he was not a legitimate champion because he had not won the title in a match, as had his predecessors. Beating Kramnik and Topalov in matches should silence the critics.

How long Anand will remain champion is another question. He is 40, an age when chess players usually begin to decline. Last year, Kasparov said in an interview with Mail Today that he thought Anand could not hold onto the title much longer. “He is up against people half his age,” Kasparov said. “I will be surprised if he can go on any longer. He can fight against anyone but time.” Looming on the horizon is Magnus Carlsen of Norway, the No. 1 ranked player in the world, who is only 19. Most people, even Anand, have said that they expect Carlsen to become world champion one day.

Det er bare å gratulere Anand med å ha forsvart tittelen, men også interessant å se at spekulasjonene foran neste VM tittel kamp har startet. Ikke overraskende er det nr.1 på verdensrankingen, Magnus Carlsen som seiler opp som den heiteste kanditaten til å overta tittel etter Anand. Hvem ellers?


The Times of India
Kasparov, Kramnik came to Viswanathan Anand’s aid
Hari Hara Nandanan, TNN, May 20, 2010

Barely a week after the Viswanathan Anand-Veselin Topalov face-off for the world chess title, the champ has revealed that he had the best brains in the game to spar with. Paying tribute to living legends Garry Kasparov, Vladimir Kramnik and heir-apparent Magnus Carlsen, the current world no 1 by overall rating, Anand has now acknowledged the help he received from this “human cluster” through the run-up to the summit clash and during the 12 games.

Anand’s admission came in a question-and-answer session with the website, Chessbase, whose owner Frederik Friedel is Anand’s long-time friend. Kasparov, Anand revealed, even gave him a pep-up talk after games eight and nine when he looked vulnerable.

Evidently, the top guns played a role that was different from that of the regular seconds (those who act as the player’s representative, trainer or analyst)—Rustam Kasimdzhanov, Peter Heine Nielsen, Radoslaw Wojtaszek and Surya Ganguly—who stayed with Anand and helped him prepare for almost eight months. Carlsen was the first to join us (in Spain). He said he would be happy to help us for a couple of days…the idea was that Anand would get to play a lot with him. Very few people can simulate a real tournament situation like Magnus can, Anand’s wife and manager Aruna told ToI on Wednesday.

But the bigger catch was Kasparov, who had destroyed Anand in the New York PCA title match in 1995. ``Garry’s help came before and during the match," said Aruna. According to Anand, Kasparov looked at some positions “we had planned and some of the lines to justify it, and he started breathing heavily, you could hear him on the loudspeaker. There were many things he confirmed…for instance, (he) said go ahead with the Catalan (opening), things like that. It gives a bit of confidence.”

“The best part was that everything was voluntarily done. After game eight and nine, Garry gave him a lecture on endings. I was really touched by that,” said Aruna from their Madrid home.

Next to join the party was Kramnik. After Game 3, he volunteered to interact with Anand on Skype. “Incidentally, he had beaten Topalov in the WCC match and Anand was playing some of his (Kramnik’s) openings,” observed Aruna.

But why did the world greats rally behind Anand? That’s a question both Aruna and Anand would like to skip. “We are not into the politics of it,” said Aruna. It is a fact that Topalov had publicly taken on Kramnik during a face-off in 2006, alleging that his opponent had received tips in between games during his visits to the toilet.

It’s also a little-kept secret that Kasparov is helping Carlsen set up a possible summit clash; perhaps, his stint with Anand is part of a larger plan to gauge the reigning champ’s game. “I have read a Kasparov interview where he said he had almost 17,000 home-prepared lines which he could not use during his career,”noted Israeli GM Alon Greenfeld had recently said in Chennai.

So that leaves Anand with the possibility of playing Carlsen in 2012, a prospect that doesn’t seem to worry him as of now. “I think if he qualifies for the next final, he should come and train me for that as well,” he said, tongue firmly in cheek.

By the way, Topalov too had an admission to make after the match. He revealed that he had used the best available computer programme, Rybka 4, to hone his skills during the match, during preparation, of course. It would appear the pricey computer, worth a whopping 100,000 euros, needs more practice.


The New York Time
Carlsen Express Rolls on
June 21, 2010

The King’s Tournament in Romania is turning into an exhibition.

Magnus Carlsen, the Norwegian grandmaster who is the world’s No. 1 player, beat Teimour Radjabov of Azerbaijan on Monday, to run his winning streak in the event to four games. He leads the tournament with 5.5 points after seven rounds. Boris Gelfand of Israel, the only player not to lose to Carlsen so far, is in second place with 4.5 points, after beating Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu of Romania on Monday. Carlsen and Gelfand play Tuesday.

Though Carlsen has won the last three tournaments he has played (Amber, Corus and the London Classic), the last time he was on a roll like he is now was last fall at the Pearl Spring tournament in Nanjing.

Carlsen beat Radjabov Monday after a long rook-and-pawn ending, but the game had some fireworks early on. Radjabov, who likes complicated positions as much as Carlsen, was Black and played the Sicilian Dragon, an opening that Carlsen also uses. Carlsen played a quiet line, castling on the king side, instead of on the queen side, which usually leads to an all out offensive against both kings.

The game did not stay quiet, as Radjabov grabbed a pawn on the queen side that allowed Carlsen to penetrate Black’s position with one of his rooks. Radjabov then initiated wild complications by taking White’s h pawn. Carlsen emerged with an extra pawn, but chances were about equal as Radjabov had the bishop pair. He immediately traded it, however, giving Carlsen a slight edge. After another set of exchanges, the players were left with rooks and pawns. Carlsen made some small mistakes, but Radjabov failed to take advantage of them and drifted into a bad position. After an exchange of one set of rooks, Radjabov lost a second pawn and Carlsen then carefully nursed his advantage to victory.


Carlsen made some small mistakes, but Radjabov failed to take advantage of them and drifted into a bad position

Av de analysene jeg har lest så langt er det ingen som har antydet at Magnus gjorde noen feil i dette partiet

The New York Times
Carlsen Wins Kings Tournament by Wide Margin
June 25, 2010

The Kings Tournament in Romania ended Friday with a bang, not a whimper, as Magnus Carlsen of Norway, the top seed, won the event with one of the most impressive performances of his short career.

He finished with 7.5 points, two more than Teimour Radjabov of Azerbaijan and Boris Gelfand of Israel. Gelfand had trailed by one point before the last round, but he lost to Radjabov, while Carlsen beat Wang Yue of China. Wang ended up in last place with 3 points.

It was a strange last round as Black won all three games. Over all, there were more wins with Black in the tournament (8) than with White (7).

Though Carlsen, the world’s top ranked player, has won or tied for the first in the last few tournaments he has competed in (Amber, Corus and the London Classic), he had not dominated the field like he did at the Pearl Spring tournament in Nanjing, China, last fall.

His performance in Romania was close to that. He won five games, drew five and lost none. He beat Wang in both games, and every other player, except Gelfand, once. His chess rating, a measure of ability and performance on which world rankings are based, should be close to 2,830. Only Garry Kasparov, the former champion, has ever had a higher rating (2,851).

In the last round, Carlsen seemed to have little trouble outplaying Wang. Wang opened with the d pawn and Carlsen chose the Grunfeld Defense. Wang played a very unusual move (5 Bd2) that cost him an important development tempo. After that, Carlsen was in control. In the middlegame, he temporarily sacrificed a pawn to allow his rooks to penetrate into Wang’s position. Though Wang managed to force some trades, he wound up in a lost rook-and-pawn endgame that Carlsen had no trouble winning.

The oddest game of the day was between Livu-Dieter Nisipeanu of Romania and Ruslan Ponomariov of Ukraine. One day after using the Schliemann Defense against Carlsen, and surviving, Nisipeanu, who was White, resorted to the child-like Four Knights Game, the first opening usually taught to people learning how to play chess. While it is not a bad opening, per se, it is not ambitious. The players mirrored each other for the first six moves before Ponomariov deviated. Nisipeanu was able to break apart the pawns in front of Ponomariov’s king by taking the knight on f6 with his bishop, but Ponomariov used the open g file to initiate an attack against White’s king. Nisipeanu underestimated the danger and resigned after only 23 moves as he had to lose a piece and was faced with a hopeless endgame.

Gelfand had White against Radjabov, who opened with the King’s Indian Defense, one of his favorite openings. Gelfand, who does not like tactics as much Radjabov, tried to steer the game in a more strategic direction, but was unsuccessful. Gelfand traded his bishop for a knight, which turned out to be a poor decision because the center opened up and Radjabov’s bishop pair were deadly. Radjabov won two pawns and Gelfand resigned as Black had a mass of passed pawns and control of the center, while White had no counterplay. Radjabov won both games against Gelfand, which is quite an accomplishment as he one of the most difficult players in the world to beat.

A master at work
By Malcolm Pein
29 Jun 2010

Magnus Carlsen’s rating soared again as he completed a resounding victory at the 4th Kings Tournament in Romania.

The world number one remained undefeated, scoring 7.5/10, two points ahead of his nearest rivals. Carlsen reached 2826 and seems intent on breaking Garry Kasparov’s all time high rating of 2851 this year.

Carlsen took the top spot after his victory in London last year and it’s possible that this year’s London Chess Classic will be where he scales another summit. The nineteen year old Norwegian needs six more wins without defeat in his next two tournaments to break Kasparov’s record.

Boris Gelfand escaped defeat at Carlsen’s hands, but he ruined what had been a fine performance by losing for a second time to Radjabov in a tremendous last round that saw three wins for black, a very rare event.

Carlsen outplayed Wang Yue, thus doing the double over a player who rarely loses


The Huffington Post
Lubomir Kavalek
June 27

Magnus Carlsen: King Among Chess Kings

Imagine Usain Bolt, the fabulous Jamaican sprinter and world record-holder, running a 100 meter dash against some of the world’s best contenders and winning by 20 meters. This is how the Norwegian chess superstar Magnus Carlsen dealt with the opposition at the elite Kings tournament in Medias, Romania, last week. Undefeated, with five wins and five draws, Carlsen left his nearest rivals two full points behind, scoring 7,5 points in 10 games. It was an amazing display of chess dominance.

Carlsen, 19, is the world’s top-rated player and his new rating is projected at 2826, some 23 points above the second-placed Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria. Nobody, except Garry Kasparov, ever climbed that high. It could soon be lonely up there. Every time he plays, Magnus is expected to win, often by big margin.

Carlsen began the event in Medias slowly with three draws, but accelerated the pace with four consecutive wins, leaving the other players a mere spectators. They finished as follows: Teimour Radjabov of Azerbaijan and Boris Gelfand of Israel, both 5,5 points; Ruslan Ponomairov of Ukraine, 4,5 points; Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu of Romania, 4 points; Wang Yue of China, 3 points.

Appropriately, Carlsen honored the Kings tournament by playing the King’s gambit for the first time in his life.

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The Tunder King


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Her er et sitat fra artikkelen som er verdt å gjengi:

A lot of people say that chess ratings have become inflated—that is not the point of this article today. I am just going to point out that, using the current ratings, not counting short 6-rounders or rapid/blitz events, the three strongest tournaments ever held in history are:
6th Tal Memorial 2011, won by Magnus Carlsen on tiebreak from Levon Aronian
7th Tal Memorial 2012, won by Magnus Carlsen
5th Final Masters 2012, won by Magnus Carlsen via blitz playoff with Fabiano Caruana

Interessant sak på som omtaler et Sport-Weekend-intervju med Alexei Shirov.

Overskriften er

“Alexei Shirov Against Privileges For the World Champion”

Et annet utklipp fra teksten:

“Noteworthy is that Shirov marks out Magnus Carlsen’s last achievements to be more valuable than Garry Kasparov’s record rating:”

Koselig sak om Magnus fra The Daily Mail

Carlsen’s manager Espen Agdestein said he didn’t anticipate his client would be devoting any time to enjoying a few glasses of champagne to celebrate the landmark because he was ‘a bit boring in that regard’.

Chess prodigy, 22, beats Gary Kasparov’s 12-year record to become game’s highest-rated player of all time

og amerikanske NBC Sports

Magnus Carlsen of Norway is quite literally the new face of chess.

Searching for … Magnus Carlsen? This 22-year-old is now the world’s highest-rated chess player of all time

Magnus Carlsen at Record High 2861 Rating

Magnus Carlsen has set a world record at the young age of twenty-two. He is currently the highest rated FIDE player in the history of the game. At 2861, he has officially bested the previous record, set by Garry Kasparov of Russia.

The current world chess champion, Vishy Anand, is in sixth place on the FIDE top 100 list, a full five below Magnus Carlsen. Does that mean that Magnus is stronger than the world champion? Not necessarily, but it could be a very good indication.

Magnus himself claims that he isn’t very well versed in the opening, but most believe that at his rating, he knows a little something about them. His record shows that he never performs at less than the 2800 level, making Carlsen a very consistent player. When the strongest (arguably) chess player in the world is also as brutally consistent as Carlsen is, we have the birth of a history-making monster.

He recently swept the London Chess Classic, a victory which afforded him the astronomical FIDE rating. This is his third time winning that tournament. Among the other players were Hikaru Nakamura, Levon Aronian, Vladmir Kramnik (former world chess champion), and Vishy Anand, the current champion.

Carlsen is no slouch. Winning a tournament containing such an amazingly strong field of grandmasters isn’t easy. Winning it clear first is near impossible. Carlsen continues to show his fans that he’s in for the long battle. He never shies away from an attack and is becoming well known for finding wins in very drawish appearing positions.

Folkets Idrettspris 2012, med flere stemmer enn nr. 2, 3 og 4 til sammen:

Han sier litt om kandidatturneringen:

- Ja, jeg har allerede begynt å tenke på den. Jeg har planlagt en lengre treningssamling i februar og mars. Så hele våren vil gå med til forarbeid, stort sett.

Så han er litt mer ærgjerrig enn bare denne bohem-kommentaren:

- Hovedmålet for 2013 er å ha det gøy og spille bra.

Sett fra dette forumet, følger vel det første av det siste. For øvrig kommer han med noen spark til dem som ikke har forstått utholdenhetselementet i sånne turneringer.

Ellers, godt midtvintersblot til dere alle. Husk å løfte akevittglasset for bursdagsbarnet. Som det ble varslet i Jesaja kapittel 7, vers 14: Se, den unge jenta skal bli med barn og føde en sønn, og hun skal gi ham navnet Emanuel. 144 år i dag.

Jeg vet det ikke er skryt om Magnus, men fant denne teksten intressant:

The Chess Clock – A History

In the very early days of chess, there were no time limits and players and spectators alike complained about the length of chess matches. In the 1800s, time limits were established and the chess timers and clocks were invented.

In 1843, several onlookers described a chess match between Howard Staunton and Pierre St. Amant as a test of physical endurance rather than a chess match. It was reported that their 21st match game took 66 moves and 14½ hours. These kinds of purposeless prolongations and deliberate attempts to fatigue and wear out the opponent were commonplace at the time, and an average game lasted nine hours.

At the first international chess tournament held in London in 1851, there were critics who complained of the slowness of play. Tassilo von Heydebrand und der Lasa (1818-1889) was one of the first persons to propose that each player’s time should be limited by way of separate clocks or watches.

In 1852, an anonymous writer named A. Cantab wrote that sand glasses should be used to regulate the moves with a limited time limit. “Let each player have a three-hour sand glass at his elbow and a friend on either side to turn it. While the player is thinking, the sand must be allowed to run; while his opponent is thinking, his glass will be laid horizontally on the table and the running suspended”. The idea was backed by Howard Staunton and other prominent chess players. Sand glasses were used in chess matches and tournaments from 1861 to 1875. However, temperature and humidity affect the sand in the sand glasses and was not very accurate. Also, a player would accidentally turn over the wrong end of his timer or his opponent’s timer and cause problems.

The first chess match that used a sand glass was the Anderssen – von Kolisch match, held in London in 1861. The time control was 24 moves in 2 hours.

In the early days, overstepping the time limit was not equivalent to losing a game. One could be fined, however.

Another idea was to use two watches and note the time consumed on each move by each opponent. Watches were used in chess events from 1866 to 1873.

In 1867, at the Paris International Tournament, the organizers imposed a fine of 5 francs for players for every 15 minutes over the regulation time limit of 10 moves in an hour.

In 1870 in Baden-Baden, chess timers were first used. The time control was 20 moves per hour. The chess players had the option of using a sand glass or a chess clock.

By 1883, a mechanical timing device had been invented, called the “tumbling” chess clock. It was first used at a London tournament that year. It was invented by Thomas Bright Wilson (1843-1915) of Manchester, England, with the advice of Joseph Henry Blackburne. It consisted of two identical pendulum clocks set on opposite ends of a balance beam. When one player made his move, he moved the clock into a position that stopped its pendulum and started his opponent’s timer. The tumbling clock was manufactured by Fattorini & Sons of Bradford, England. The time control at the London tournament was 15 moves per hour. For the first time, a player exceeding his time limit forfeited the game.

In 1884, the first patent for a chess clock was issued to Amandus Schierwater of Liverpool. These clocks were being used by 1886 in most tournaments.

In 1886, Schierwater and Frisch of Liverpool patented a chess clock that showed the ordinary time, but registered on separate dials the period occupied by the players. It also indicated the number of moves in a game and whose turn it was to play. The expiration of time was indicated by the ringing of a bell.

In 1894, tumbler chess clocks were used during the Steinitz-Lasker match for the world championship in New York.

In 1889, a chess flag was added to the chess clock by H.D.B. Meijer, the Secretary of the Dutch Chess Federation. The ‘flag’ was suspended above the 3rd minute before 12 o’clock. This made it easier to see when your time ran out as the flag became elevated with the second hand until it fell at time control. It took about 20 years before the use of flags became common.

The Jaques “Chess Timing Clock” was introduced in the 1890s and sold for 21 shillings.

In 1900, the analog push-button chess clock was perfected by Veenhoff of Groningen.

In 1950, Borcherdt GmbH or BHB, was established in Germany and became the leading manufacturer of chess clocks in the world. The company lasted until 1989.

In 1964, the first electronic chess clock was manufactured by a Russian firm, the Kiev Relay and Automatic Works.

In 1973, the first digital chess clock was created by Bruce Cheney, a Cornell University Electrical Engineering student.

In 1975, the first patent was granted to Joe Meshi on a fully operational, microprocessor-based, digital chess clock.

In 1988, Bobby Fischer patented (#4,884,255) a new digital chess clock that gave each player a fixed period of time at the start of the game and then added a small amount of time after each move. The clock was used in the 1992 Fischer-Spassky return match in Yugoslavia. Prior to the match, a working model had never been constructed. A Fischer chess clock was made for the event in five days.

Almost all chess tournaments today use digital clocks due to the different time controls with delay or time increments added to a clock. The analog clock may be a thing of the past.

–Bill Wall


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Kom over en podcast av Herreavdelingen (tirsdager på NRK P1), hvor Tormod Løkling kåserer om sin nesegruse beundring av Magnus under London Chess Classic. Podcasten finnes her, publisert 5/12 2012. Dersom man ikke gidder å høre hele programmet (som forøvrig kan anbefales på det sterkeste), kan man spole fram til 39 minutter for å høre kåseriet.

Det er ei stund siden denne tråden ble oppdatert ser jeg. Og ikke så rart, det publiserer vel over 50 artikler om Magnus daglig nå…