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Los Angeles Times
March 15, 2009

Om Linares:
The two biggest favorites, Anand and Carlsen, each lost twice and struggled in several other games. Carlsen muffed his attempt at a comeback by drawing a winning position against Radjabov in the penultimate round. Anand seemed frustrated, drawing his last eight games.

Det ser ut til at verdenspressen nå holder Magnus som favoritt i de aller største turneringene. Det legger press på Magnus, men det er også fullt forståelig. En hvilken som helst sjakkspiller som i en alder av 18 har oppnådd så sterke resultater må nok innstille seg på å leve med slike forventinger i resten av sin sjakk karriere


rediff news
Amber: Anand shocked by Carlsen
March 17, 2009 10:57 IST

World champion Viswanathan Anand [Images] suffered a shock defeat at the hands of Norwegian prodigy Magnus Carlsen [Images] and went down 0.5-1.5 in the third round of Amber blindfold and rapid chess tournament in Nice.

After he had beaten Anand in their blindfold game, Carlsen flashed his best smile and said, “Yes, this was a special game for me. I was very focused and it’s nice that I managed to beat him for the first time with black.”

The Sicilian Rosslimo by Anand was fairly new for Carlsen. Contrary to what happens in the sharp Sicilian battles, white was castled king side and gained space while Carlsen found a safe haven for his king on the other flank and began to like his position after Anand went for a an erroneous plan in the middle game.

By the 20th move itself Carlsen stood much better and slowly increased his advantage to post a big win in 34 moves.


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Deccan Herald


med fler
Friday 3 April 2009
Leonard Barden

Whitewashing the impudence of youth

Like top dogs in animal packs, chess champions can sense when a dangerous and ambitious young rival appears. A favourite technique is to give the newcomer such a mauling in early battles that he will be psychologically humbled and his advance delayed.

Thus Emanuel Lasker and Jose Capablanca played hard against Alexander Alekhine in 1914, Mikhail Tal crushed Bobby Fischer 4-0 in the 1959 candidates and Anatoly Karpov made a famously abortive attempt to whitewash Garry Kasparov 6-0 in the first of their world title matches.

Currently the pack bosses are Vishy Anand and Vlad Kramnik, world champion and former champion while the young pretender is 18-year-old Magnus Carlsen, who was savaged by both in their early encounters. But the Norwegian teenager’s fast improvement means that now he bites back and both Anand and Kramnik have been beaten by him. The fight, though more even, remains intense when Carlsen tries to usurp special territory of the two greats.


Leonard Barden mener at Magnus langt på vei har utlignet forpranget til Anand og Kramnik. Vanskelig å være uenig selv om Magnus åpnebart fortsatt har noen “huller” i sin sjakkkompetanse, sammenlignet med de to veteranene.
Larry Evans on Chess: The pearl of Linares

April 5,
2009 The 26th supertournament at Linares, Spain, last March pitted eight contenders with an average rating of 2755(!) in a double round robin. This format is a true test of skill because all play all twice — once with white, and once with black.

Vassily Ivanchuk, 40 (also the victor in 1991 and 1995) divided $200,000 with Alexander Grischuk, 25, a big payday. Norwegian wunderkind Magnus Carlsen, 18, trailed by a half point despite botching several chances to take home all the marbles; world champ Vishy Anand, 39, was fourth.

In such an evenly-matched field, 41 out of 56 games were drawn, yet mostly hard-fought and error-free. Carlsen inflicted Grischuk’s only loss, a real beauty. Moments after it ended ex-world champ Garry Kasparov, who watched it online from India, exclaimed: “Carlsen just won a brilliant game!” And Kasparov knows a thing or two about this opening which replicated the 24th and last game that enabled him to wrest the crown from Anatoly Karpov in 1985.

By move 30, Grischuk only had 12 minutes left on his clock with ten to go until the first time control, but his position already was hopeless. At the end, white’s two toxic pawns couldn’t be stopped from queening. If 37…Bf6 38 c7 is the quietus.


An interview with Boris Spassky

18 April 2009

Does chess need a new Bobby Fisher?
I think now it is Magnus Carlsen from Norway. He can play this role, because he attracts attention in the chess world by his young age and the quality of his play. He has quite an interesting and rich play, moreover he is a very brave boy; he goes forward whether he wins or looses. He also plays endgames well like Bobby Fisher in his time. But if you mean that there must be an extravagant figure, some kind of showman, I can say that we don’t see such a person for now. And possibly we won’t see him.

Ikke dårlig skussmål det der fra en av sjakkens storheter :) Fin link Egko!

Hei folkens!
Jeg la nettopp merke til diskusjonen her fortsetter. :)

Har nemlig vært inne på mange ganger—og hver gang har jeg sett Amber-turnering Runde 11 (Siste) og dato 26.mars som det siste.

Kanskje det burde vært gjort noe med hovedsiden?


M-Tel R1: a new phase for chess?
14 May 2009, By Peter Doggers

The next game, the clash between top seeds Carlsen and Topalov, was the second one that got a decisive result on the official website and thus made the fans eager to see the moves. It turned out to be a very strong game by Carlsen, who out-calculated Topalov in the middlegame.
Co-editor IM Merijn van Delft expressed an interesting feeling:

“M-Tel might be the beginning of a new era of chess in which all that’s left is concrete moves”.

He was referring to both the concrete variations that justified Carlsen’s remarkable knight manoeuvre and the deep theorecal lines of the Grünfeld from Wang Yue-Dominguez.


Mig Greengard’s The Daily Dirt Chess Blog
MTel 2009: Carlsen Starts Hot
By Mig on May 14, 2009

Broadcast woes aside, wow, what a start! Magnus Carlsen dominated the first round battle of top seeds against world #1 Veselin Topalov. In the mandatory Semi-Slav Carlsen kept the initiative through exchanges and eventually crashed through. You don’t see Topalov go down this smoothly very often. It was as if he was pushed out to sea on an ice floe. (In the fjords, we can assume.) After 31.Rc7 it’s already over; the brain is dead even though the heart is still pumping. Topalov enjoys a good comeback more than anyone, especially at the MTel, but losing to the other favorite right at the start can’t be good.


The Hindu: Sport
Wednesday, Jun 17, 2009

Fra intervju med Anand:

He tipped Armenia’s Levon Aronian and Norway’s Magnus Carlsen as two of the most consistent performers in the past year. “They have really stepped up their game a notch.”


The majesty of Magnus Carlsen
By Malcolm Pein
Oct 2009

Should Magnus Carlsen maintain the same level of play in the second half of the the Pearl Spring tournament at Nanjing he will register one of the greatest performances of all time.

Were he to ease off a little then the tournament will ‘merely’ go down in chess history as the tournament where the 18 year old Norwegian truly stamped his authority at the top level.

Carlsen has won some very strong tournaments but at Nanjing he is already 2 points clear and has a 2.5 point lead over world number one Veselin Topalov.

It’s becoming reminiscent of Bugojno 1982 where Garry Kasparov won by 1.5 points ahead of Lev Polugaevsky, with Boris Spassky and Tigran Petrosian trailing further in his wake. Just two years later Kasparov was playing for the world title against Anatoly Karpov.

Carlsen won for the fourth time in five games at Nanjing and he did not merely defeat Teimour Radjabov, he dismissed him in 25 moves.

None of the other players has managed to win a single game and as we saw on Wednesday, the only player to avoid defeat at his hands, Wang Yue, was very fortunate.


Magnus in China

By Lubomir Kavalek
Special to The Washington Post
Monday, October 5, 2009; 8:19 AM

Something magnificent and bizarre is going on at the Second Pearl Spring elite tournament, underway in the Chinese city of Nanjing. The 18-year-old Magnus Carlsen is demolishing the competition, which includes some of the world’s best players. The Norwegian superstar won four games and allowed only one draw in the first half of the tournament.
It may be the second-best start in a double-round event after Veselin Topalov scored six wins and one draw in the first half of the world championship in San Luis, Argentina, in 2005. The Bulgarian grandmaster won the world title by drawing all seven games in the second half. Carlsen started the second half by drawing against Hungary’s Peter Leko on Sunday.

Carlsen’s four wins in China were the only decisive results in the first half. The other games were all drawn. The young Norwegian clobbered one of the best defenders, Leko, until he could not defend anymore. He overpowered Topalov, one of the best power players. Russia’s Dmitry Jakovenko, one of the best endgame players, was destroyed by zugzwang in the endgame after Carlsen’s brilliant play in the middle game. Only China’s Wang Yue stole a draw from a worse position.

Carlsen has a wide range of skills and his style is being compared to other great players such as world champions Mikhail Tal, Jose Raul Capablanca, Bobby Fischer, Anatoly Karpov and Garry Kasparov. Tal won many games by wreaking havoc on the chessboard. Steering the games into complications, often with incredible sacrifices, Tal mesmerized his opponents and they made inexplicable blunders. Carlsen does not mind navigating his games through chaos as Teimour Radjabov of Azerbaijan found out when he overplayed his hand in the Rossolimo variation of the Sicilian, neglecting his development.


Los Angeles Times
Magnus Carlsen’s dominant start at Pearl Spring
The teen from Norway takes a two-point lead in Nanjing, China, tournament.

By Jack Peters
October 11, 2009

Norwegian prodigy Magnus Carlsen defeated each of his five rivals to clinch at least a tie for first place in the Pearl Spring double round robin in Nanjing, China. With two games remaining, Carlsen’s 6 1/2 -1 1/2 score put him two points ahead of the world’s top-ranked grandmaster, Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria.

This outstanding performance will boost the 18-year-old Carlsen to second place in the unofficial world rankings. He recently hired former champion Garry Kasparov as a trainer. Now he stands to win 80,000 Euros (about $117,000) in Nanjing. Will Kasparov raise his rates?

he he, pussig at de har datert artikkelen 11. oktober ettersom det vitterlig er 7.okt i dag. Var ikke klar at tidsdifferansen til LA var så stor selv om jeg visste de lå litt etter


The Buffalo News
By Shelby Lyman
October 03, 2009

Times are surely changing for the royal game.

If publisher Espen Agdestein of Norway has his way, 20-year-old Magnus Carlsen will achieve the status of a sports superstar.

Agdestein, a chess player himself, and former director of the prestigious media corporation Hjemmet Mortensen, is searching out sponsors for Carlsen, who is currently ranked fourth in the world.

My job now is to make Magnus a very attractive object for the market and pick the right sponsors who can build a brand.

With few exceptions, big money has been noticeably absent from the chess scene.

Bobby Fischer, of course, was offered contracts totaling millions after he defeated Boris Spassky in 1972. He famously spurned them and chose instead to lead a life of virtual poverty in the ensuing 20 years.

Ironically, it is Garry Kasparov, who became World Champion while representing the socialist Soviet Union, who probably has amassed the most money from chess: $30 million according to one estimate. Prize money, fees, endorsements and book royalties have formed the basis of his wealth.

Carlsen is the ideal candidate to give flesh to Agdesteins concept.

Already, a logical choice to become world chess champion in the future, his association with Kasparov, who has been his trainer for the last eight months, raises that probability to a virtual certainty.


The New York Times
October 9, 2009

Carlsen Wins Pearl Spring and Breaks Barrier
By Dylan Loeb McClain

Magnus Carlsen of Norway wrapped up his complete domination of the 2nd Pearl Spring tournament in Nanjing, China, by beating Dmitry Jakovenko of Russia in the last round on Friday. That gave Carlsen a score of 8 points out of a possible 10. Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria, the world’s No. 1 player, was left far behind in second place with 5.5 points.

Carlsen‘s performance pushed his world ranking to No. 2 and his rating, the system used to determine rankings, over 2800, at least according to an unofficial estimate. He is only the fifth player in history to surpass this mark. The others, all world champions, were Garry Kasparov of Russia, Vladimir Kramnik of Russia, Viswanathan Anand of India (the current champion) and Topalov, who is still above 2,800 and ranked No. 1 after Pearl Spring, though the margin has closed considerably.

Carlsen’s rating and ranking lend more credence to the widespread belief that he will one day be world champion. And he does not turn 19 until Nov. 30.

Norsk skakfænomen smadrer de bedste
18-årige Magnus Carlsen blæste hele verdens skakelite omkuld i en turnering i Kina

08. okt. 2009

Magnus Carlsen blev den yngste stormester nogensinde i en alder af 13 år. Onsdag vandt han sin største turneringssejr.
Med remis mod Teimour Radjabov i det næstsidste parti af Nanjing Pearl Spring 2009 i Kina er norske Magnus Carlsen sikker på at vinde turneringen.

Carlsen har med det halve point for remisen sikret sig 6,5 point i de første otte partier.

Ingen 18-årig har nogensinde vundet så stærk en turnering som den i Nanjing.

Udover Carlsen deltager bl.a. 1’eren på verdensranglisten, bulgarske Veselin Topalov.

Hvis Carlsen vinder sit sidste parti i turneringen mod Dmitry Jakovenko, vil han tillige kravle over 2800 i rating på verdensranglisten. Kun Topalov har i øjeblikket en rating på over 2800.

Verdensmester bliver Carlsen dog ikke lige foreløbig. Den næste VM-match, som afvikles i 2010, står mellem deb indiske verdensmester Wiswanathan Anand og Topalov.


Berlingske Tidene

Af Lars Schandorff
Lørdag den 3. oktober 2009

Det norske vidunder Magnus Carlsen vandt igen i femte runde af superturneringen i Kina, mens de to andre partier endte remis.

Dermed fører Carlsen suverænt med 4,5 af 5 efter første halvdel og er stadig den eneste, der har vundet.


Carlsen beats Jakovenko, breaks 2800 barrier
9 October 2009, By Peter Doggers

utdrag fra artikkelen:
Already sure of a sole victory, Magnus Carlsen added even more brilliancy to his Pearl Spring victory by defeating Dmitry Jakovenko in the last round. In doing so, at only 18 years old the Norwegian set a performance rating over 3000 and broke the 2800 barrier (assuming he won’t play more rated games for the 1 November FIDE rating list).

Round 10
We have trouble finding the words to rightfully describe what Magnus Carlsen has done in China. By winning the Pearl Spring Grand Slam tournament with a devastating 8 out 10 and an unbelievable 3002 performance rating, dropping just four half points with the black pieces in ten games against the world’s best, he took a total of 28.8 rating points home and broke the magical 2800 barrier.

It’s unclear whether Garry Kasparov, who started coaching Carlsen this year, had already reached this level of play at at 18 years, ten months and one and a half week. We’re talking early February 1982, a time when Kasparov had won the Soviet Championship twice shared. In the same year he won his first super-tournament himself, in Bugojno, finishing with 9.5/13 (!) ahead of Hübner, Polugaevsky, Ljubojevic, Spassky, Petrosian, Andersson, Larsen, Ivanovic, Timman, Kavalek, Najdorf, Gligoric and Ivkov.

In the light of the many draws that were played in Nanjing, it’s interesting to give a quote from The Test of Time, in which Kasparov writes:

“Both [the first two Bugojno] tournaments produced a hard struggle, and therefore uncomprimising play was also expected of the participants in the 1982 event. And it has to be expected that these expectations were not betrayed – in each round there were interesting games, and it was only at the finish, when competitive considerations began to take the upper hand, that some short draws occured.”

The Pearl Spring tournament was just one tournament, and a relatively short event, so it still remains to be see how Carlsen will develop from here, and how it will go against the top players who weren’t in Nanjing. The good news is that he will meet about all of the others in the upcoming Tal Memorial: Anand, Aronian, Kramnik, Ivanchuk, Gelfand, Morozevich, Ponomariov and Svidler. In less then a month the fairy tale continues…

Carlsen took those 28 rating points from all the players; none of the others managed to win points in Nanjing. In the end Radjabov, Jakovenko and Leko all ended on minus two and so nobody played that terrible, but only Topalov and Wang Yue could more or less keep their regular level. Some of Leko and Wang Yue’s games really looked uninspired and we think Radjabov needs to work on his White repertoire, but for the rest, well, this tournament will only be remembered for one player!


The Daily Dirt Chess News Blog
Magnificent Magnus Wins Pearl Spring
By Mig Greengard on October 8, 2009

It seems strange to wrap up a supertournament with a round still to play. But that’s what I’m doing because that’s what Magnus Carlsen has done in Nanjing. Actually it’s not terribly unusual. Last year in the inaugural Pearl Spring event Topalov won with a round to spare, finishing with +4, a point and a half ahead of Aronian. Ivanchuk’s incredible +6 at MTel 2008 gave him the same margin over Topalov (though had Ivanchuk lost in the final round and Topalov won, they would have tied for first). Carlsen, after nine rounds in Nanjing and only tomorrow’s white against Jakovenko to go, has a lead of two full points over Topalov and a performance rating hovering just under 3000. He’s on +5 with exactly one win over each participant. Topalov is the only other player on plus score, his +1 actually under his lofty rating expectation.

Other than the Wang Yue blip Carlsen’s preparation has been as awesome as the rest of his play. I had a long conversation with Garry Kasparov about seeing his work with Carlsen pay off so impressively in Nanjing. You’ll be able to get all the details in his upcoming New In Chess article that also covers his match with Karpov and its implications, combined with the lack of money for Anand-Topalov, for the chess world. I even got a glance at the notebook Kasparov keeps on his work with Carlsen. (Ironically, it’s a “World Cup 1990” notebook, given out at the GMA qualifier in Moscow the year Carlsen was born.) I even took a few pictures, though the censor got to them first. As Carlsen said on the official Nanjing website, he’s been in touch with Kasparov via the internet after each round to discuss preparation for each opponent. Kasparov was quite happy with their work, but also emphasized how tough Carlsen has been at the board, well beyond their preparation. In cinematic terms, he said Carlsen was “killing the bear!”, which this scene will help you understand. We’ll see if he’s going to go Full Garry Bear and try to beat Jakovenko in the largely meaningless final round.

More the of the event finishes—officially. Round 10: Leko-Wang Yue, Topalov-Radjabov, Carlsen-Jakovenko. Five hours earlier, or 10pm NY time. Just about now!

Wow, Carlsen just beat Jakovenko before the end of the first time control. 5/5 with white! Holy hell.
Now that’s getting your money’s worth from a tournament! Many hard-fought and exciting games in this one, though it’s hard to focus on anything other than Carlsen’s insane +6 undefeated. He finished 2.5 points ahead of the world #1! He seemed tired in the second half, however, and now has the even stronger Tal Memorial in Moscow and then the London Classic with Kramnik and Nakamura. Not too long after that it’s Corus time again…


October 09th, 2009
Carlsen Charge

Magnus Carlsen’s magnificent performance at the Pearl Spring super-tournament in Nanjing, China, ended on a historic high as the Norwegian teenager won a truly remarkable tournament victory.

With the tournament already in the bag going into the final round, Carlsen saved the best till last by beating Dmitry Jakovenko for a final +6 winning score of 8/10, a remarkable 2.5-points ahead of his nearest rival, world #1 Veselin Topalov.

Many players in a similar situation would have opted for a safe last round draw – but not Carlsen! The teenage ace proved ruthlessly Bobby Fischer-like in his execution by winning every game with White.

Carlsen’s determination in doing so was to tip his live rating over the Rubicon of the 2800 barrier (see Top 10 LiveRatings at left), and his tournament performance of 3008 did just that.

His next super-tournament outing will be the Tal Memorial next month in Moscow (which will be covered live here on ICC Chess.FM) that also includes World Champion Viswanathan Anand, Vassily Ivanchuk, Alexander Morozevich and Peter Svidler—and a good result there could see him becoming the new world #1 before the end of the year.

If he does, he will become—at 19 by then—by far the youngest ever to achieve that distinction and only the seventh since the current ranking system began in 1970. The others who have been #1 are Bobby Fischer, Anatoly Karpov, Garry Kasparov, Vladimir Kramnik, Anand and Topalov, all of whom were world champions.

Carlsen’s epoch-making result in Nanjing is covered with eight GOTD selections chosen by the Chess.FM team of GMs Joel Benjamin, Larry Christiansen, Nick de Firmian, IGregory Kaidanov and Ronen Har-Zvi.


The Guardian
Leonard Barden, Saturday 10 October 2009

Magnus Carlsen wins first elite grandmaster tournament

Magnus Carlsen, 18 and already everyone’s choice as the next world champion, won his first elite grandmaster tournament this week when he led all the way at Nanjing, China. The young Norwegian also advanced into the top two in the world rankings, ahead of the reigning world champion, Vishy Anand, and behind only Veselin Topalov, who finished runner-up at Nanjing and lost the game below.

Carlsen’s recent training from Garry Kasparov, the all-time No1, showed in his more solid opening repertoire. Out were his risky Dragon Sicilians, in was the Scotch 1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nc6 3 d4 that helped win one of Kasparov’s title matches with Anatoly Karpov. He began with 4.5/5, was soon two points clear, and finished yesterday with 8/10.

It is Karpov rather than Kasparov whose style Carlsen usually prefers, a strategic and subtle approach that is highlighted here by White’s opening play where his Q-side castling and K-side pawn advances are designed to limit Black’s options rather than attack the black king. 17 Bb5! is a pure Karpovian idea, exchanging Black’s active light-squared bishop, and it provokes the dubious 21…Na8, a pawn sacrifice for activity which misfires.

After 31 hxg6 hxg6 32 Rxg6+! Kxg6 33 Qg3+ and 34 Qxf2 is winning. Near the end Carlsen missed 37 Qh3! Nd2+ 38 Ka1 Rh8 39 Qxh8+! when Rh1-h7xd7 wins a rook – but it was still an impressive performance.


The New York Times

After Training With a Legend, a Teenager Grabs a Big Win
Published: October 10, 2009

For 20 years, Garry Kasparov was the top-ranked player in the world. There were times, particularly in the early to mid-1990s, when he was so dominant that he seemed to win effortlessly, even against his closest competitors. In the tournaments he entered, the true competition was often only for second place.

For the last few months, Kasparov, who retired in 2005, has been training Magnus Carlsen, an 18-year-old Norwegian. Many top players say he will almost certainly become world champion one day.

Carlsen is the most talented player to emerge in the West since Bobby Fischer. But he has been unable to push through to the top spot since earning a place among the top five 18 months ago.

His work with Kasparov seems to be paying off, however. Carlsen dominated the Nanjing Pearl Spring Chess Tournament in China, which ended on Friday. He beat each of the other players at least once, including Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria, the current No. 1, and Peter Leko of Hungary, No. 6. It was one of the most impressive performances in years. The rest of the world may have to get used to settling for second place again.

In China, Kasparov’s influence on Carlsen was apparent. The teenager used two of Kasparov’s opening systems, including one that Kasparov employed in an exhibition match against Anatoly Karpov last month in Spain.

In Round 2, Carlsen confounded Topalov, who was unable to generate much counterplay despite having a good position early on.

Topalov chose the King’s Indian Defense, which is a double-edged strategy. Black cedes White more space in the center, but often obtains attacking chances, usually on the kingside. Carlsen sought to forestall that with 6 h3.

Carlsen’s 11 a3 was rare. More common is 11 Be2, which does not create any holes in White’s position.

After 18 … Qd7, Topalov had good spots for his pieces and no big weaknesses. But there was no obvious plan for him, while White could advance his kingside pawns to launch an attack.

Topalov’s 21 … Na8 allowed Carlsen to win a pawn, but there were no constructive moves for Black. Still, 21 … Be7 would have been better.

Topalov could not have played 26 … Qh4 because 27 Rg4 followed by 28 Rh1 traps his queen.

Carlsen could have won faster by playing 37 Qh3. Then, White is up a rook after 37 … Rh8 38 Qh8 Kh8 39 Rh1 Kg7 40 Rh7 Kg6 41 Rd7.

Topalov gave up because 41 … Qf3 42 Rc7 Kg8 43 Qh6 Qd1 44 Rc1 Qc1 45 Qc1 gives White an overwhelming advantage.


Hindustan Times
Carlsen dethrones Anand as world No 2

Mumbai, October 11, 2009

Even his world-renowned trainer would not have imagined that the ‘Kasparov effect’ would make its mark so soon.

Within months of training under former world champion Garry Kasparov, 18-year-old Magnus Carlsen of Norway crossed the 2800-mark in Elo ratings on Saturday with a stunning performance at the 2nd Pearl Springs Chess Tournament at Nanjing, China.

He gained a whopping 29 points and will overtake Vishwanathan Anand as the second-ranked player in the world on the next rankings list to be released on November 1. Carlsen will be rated 2801 behind Topalov (2810) with Levon Aronian of Armenia (2791) and Anand (2788) placed third and fourth respectively.

Carlsen, who started the event on 2772, is only the fifth player to scale Peak 2800 since the Elo rating system was approved in 1970 by FIDE, chess’ apex governing body. Kasparov, Vladimir Kramnik of Russia, Anand and Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria are the others to achieve this feat. Kasparov attained the highest rating ever of 2851 in July 2000.

In Nanjing, Carlsen finished on eight points out of a possible 10 in the six-player, double round-robin tournament featuring World No. 1 Topalov (2813), No. 6 Peter Leko (2762) of Hungary, No. 7 Teimour Radjabov (2757) of Azerbaijan, No. 11 Dmitry Jakovenko of Russia and Wang Yue of China. Topalov finished sole second on 5.5 points. What has stunned the chess world is that Carlsen won six games out of 10 while only two other players — Topalov (2 wins) and Jakovenko (1) — could register wins.

While taking over as Carlsen’s trainer early this year, Kasparov had vowed to help him become World No 1 by end of 2010. The young Norwegian might achieve that in 2009.

He will get a chance to upstage Topalov when he takes on a strong field including Anand, Kramnik and Vassily Ivanchuk at the Tal Memorial in Moscow from November 5.

Going by his current form, Carlsen could even overtake his teacher as the youngest world No. 1 ever. Kasparov had become the world No. 1 in 1984 at the age of 22.


The Columbus Dispatch
Kasparov, protege perfectly paired
Saturday, October 10, 2009 3:24 AM

It has been eight months since Garry Kasparov—who retired as a player in 2005—began coaching Norwegian phenom Magnus Carlsen.

Their relationship is unique in the history of chess. Carlsen, ranked No. 4 in the world, was already a likely candidate to become No. 1.

At 18, he seems remarkably mature. Calm and steady, he approaches his losses and mistakes with unusual objectivity and even humor.

Kasparov, an extraordinary scholar of the game as well as arguably the strongest player ever, would seem to be an ideal trainer.

Their mutual respect isn’t surprising.

Kasparov, Carlsen says, “has an extreme capacity to work, extreme determination to win and extreme perfectionism.”

Kasparov, on the other hand, finds in the prodigy “many of the qualities of the great champions”—especially the temperament of “a winner.”

Will teacher and protege ultimately achieve a winning chemistry?

Kasparov might find an inspiring paradigm in his decades of interaction with his mother, Klara—in many respects, his foremost mentor and supporter.


Chess News
Facts and figures: Magnus Carlsen’s performance in Nanjing
By Jeff Sonas

12.10.2009 – With his 8.0/10 score at the recent Pearl Spring tournament 18-year-old Magnus Carlsen will certainly go into the record books. But how does his result fit among the all-time great performances? Using a new formula that takes the length of a tournament or match into consideration, chess statistician Jeff Sonas evaluates Magnus’ Nanjing performance and puts it into historical perspective.

Many people have already sent me email, asking where I think Magnus Carlsen’s recent performance at Nanjing fits, among the all-time great performances. My calculations indicate that it is the best tournament performance since Garry Kasparov at Linares 1999, and is one of the 20 best tournament performances in chess history. It is certainly the best performance of any kind by a teenager.

My Chessmetrics website includes historical ratings for players from 1843 through January 2005, and this allows us to look at tournament performances across history in an attempt to measure the “greatest” performances ever. There are a couple of significant challenges with this. One is that the raw performance rating, typically used to measure performance, does not reward players who achieve strong results over a longer event, vs. someone achieving the same percentage score across a short event. Thus I have developed a formula that is “more convinced” by more games. It indicates my best estimate of a player’s strength, if we had no evidence other than that one event to guide us.

Another challenge is how to compare ratings across time, a very complicated and controversial topic that includes the inflation debate. I don’t want to get into all that right now; hopefully it is sufficient to say that all Chessmetrics ratings and performance ratings are expressed in 2005 terms, and so if you want to compare performances from 2009 against what are currently shown on my website, and you want to use 2009 FIDE ratings, then you need to first subtract 29 points from everyone’s FIDE ratings. So instead of Carlsen having scored 80% against 2762-rated opposition, he is treated as having faced 2733-rated opposition, due to FIDE rating inflation since 2005.

Anyway, there are lots of little details to talk about, but probably you just want to see the lists! I have decided to exclude matches from the first two lists below, and to only consider tournaments. Here is a list of the best tournament performances of the past five years; you can see that Carlsen’s performance tops the charts [“opp.” is the average rating of the opponents in the event]:

Best Tournament Performances since January 2005

  1. Player Score/% opp. Perf. Event

1 Magnus Carlsen 8/10 (80%) 2733 2850 Nanjing, 2009

2 Vassily Ivanchuk 8/10 (80%) 2715 2835 Mtel Masters, Sofia, 2008

3 Veselin Topalov 10/14 (71%) 2726 2830 San Luis (WC), 2005

4 Veselin Topalov 8/12 (67%) 2741 2804 Linares, 2005

5 Garry Kasparov 8/12 (67%) 2733 2797 Linares, 2005

6 Viswanathan Anand 9/13 (69%) 2706 2794 Corus A, 2006

7 Veselin Topalov 9/13 (69%) 2705 2794 Corus A, 2006

8 Viswanathan Anand 9/14 (64%) 2728 2791 Mexico (World Championship), 2007

9 Vladimir Kramnik 6.5/9 (72%) 2717 2788 Tal Memorial, Moscow, 2007

10 Veselin Topalov 7/10 (70%) 2717 2786 Nanjing, 2008

In fact it certainly appears to be one of the 20 best tournament performances of all time, and probably the greatest performance since Garry Kasparov at Linares 1999. Here is my list, updated to the present, of the 25 best tournament performances of all time:

Best Tournament Performances of All Time

  1. Player/ Score%/ opp. /Perf. /Event
    1 Anatoly Karpov 11/13 (85%) 2729 2899 Linares, 1994

2 Garry Kasparov 12/14 (86%) 2692 2881 Tilburg, 1989

3 Emanuel Lasker 18/22 (82%) 2667 2878 London, 1899

4 Garry Kasparov 10.5/14 (75%) 2758 2877 Linares, 1999

5 Mikhail Tal 20/28 (71%) 2716 286 Bled/Zagreb/Belgrade (Cand.), 1959

6 Alexander Alekhine 13/14 (93%)2626 2865 San Remo, 1930

7 Garry Kasparov 10/13 (77%) 2737 2863 Linares, 1993

8 Alexander Alekhine 19.5/24 (81%) 2644 2859 Bled, 1931

9 Garry Kasparov 11.5/15 (77%) 2715 2856 Belfort (World Cup), 1988

10 Garry Kasparov 10/13 (77%) 2728 2855 Linares, 1992

11 Emanuel Lasker 11.5/16 (72%) 2738 2853 St.Petersburg, 1914

12 Garry Kasparov 9/12 (75%) 2744 2851 Amsterdam (Optiebeurs), 1988

13 Garry Kasparov 9.5/11 (86%) 2682 2850 Belgrade (Investbank), 1989

Bobby Fischer 18.5/23 (80%) 2643 2850 Palma de Mallorca (Interzonal), 1970 Mikhail Botvinnik 14/20 (70%) 2729 2850 The Hague/Moscow (WCh), 1948 Magnus Carlsen 8/10 (80%) 2733 2850 Nanjing, 2009

17 Siegbert Tarrasch 29/39 (74%) 2650 2846 Vienna, 1898

18 Garry Kasparov 8.5/11 (77%) 2733 2845 Linares, 1997

19 Johannes Zukertort 22.5/29 (78%) 2641 2844 London, 1883

20 Garry Kasparov 11/14 (79%) 2691 2840 Niksic, 1983

21 Vassily Ivanchuk 9.5/13 (73%) 2732 2837 Linares, 1991

Géza Maróczy 16.5/22 (75%) 2671 2837 Ostend, 1905 Paul Keres 18.5/28 (66%) 2719 2836 Bled/Zagreb/Belgrade (Cand.), 1959 Garry Kasparov 10/13 (77%) 2705 2836 Wijk aan Zee (Hoogovens), 1999

25 Vassily Ivanchuk 8/10 (80%) 2715 2835 Mtel Masters, Sofia, 2008

By the way, people often ask about Bobby Fischer’s 100% score at the U.S. Championships in 1963. His performance is penalized due to the strength of his opponents; my formula would put him in a tie for 32nd all-time along with Veselin Topalov at San Luis 2005.

Finally, it is notable that Magnus Carlsen is still only eighteen years old. There is no doubt in my mind that this is the greatest performance ever by a teenager. Here is a list of the 20 best performances of all time by teenagers (including all kinds of events):

Best Performances by Teenagers

  1. Player/ age/ Score% /opp. /Perf. /Event
    1 Magnus Carlsen 18 8/10 (80%) 2733. 2850 Nanjing, 2009

2 Vassily Ivanchuk 19 7.5/10 (75%) 2728 2820 Linares, 1989

3 Alexei Shirov 18 9.5/10 (95%) 2596 2812 Bundesliga 1991

4 Bobby Fischer 18 15.5/20 (78%) 2615 2796 Stockholm (Interzonal), 1962

5 Garry Kasparov 19 9.5/13 (73%) 2680 2793 Bugojno, 1982

6 Bobby Fischer 18 13/18 (72%) 2657 2793 Bled, 1961

7 Garry Kasparov 19 10/13 (77%)2652 2791 Moscow(Interzonal), 1982

8 Garry Kasparov 19 6/9 (67%)2752 2790 Beliavsky Match (Cand.), 1983

9 Ruslan Ponomariov 19 6/8 (75%) 2707 2782 Leon, 2003

10 Magnus Carlsen 17 8/11 (73%)2685 2782 Aerosvit, 2008

11 Garry Kasparov 19 7.5/10 (75%) 2680 2781 Luzern ol (Men), 1982

12 Garry Kasparov 18 11.5/16 (72%) 2653 2779 Frunze (URS Championship), 1981

13 Peter Leko 19 5/7 (71%) 2739 2779 Dortmunder Schachtage, 1999

14 Ruslan Ponomariov 18 13.5/21 (64%)2686 2779 Moscow (FIDE WCh), 2001

15 Judit Polgar 17 7/9 (78%) 2672 2778 Madrid, 1994

16 Alexander Grischuk 18 8.5/13 (65%) 2707 2774 Wijk aan Zee (Corus), 2002

17 Vladimir Kramnik 17 7.5/8 (94%) 2589 2773 Manila ol (Men), 1992

18 Veselin Topalov 19 8.5/12 (71%)2676 2772 Moscow ol (Men), 1994

19 Teimour Radjabov 19 8.5/13 (65%)2705 2772 Corus A, 2007

20 Gata Kamsky 16 8.5/14 (61%) 2729 2771 Tilburg, 1990


The Telegraph
12 Oct 2009

Magnus Carlsen joins the elite

Magnus Carlsen is in the 2800 club after winning a sixth game at Nanjing to finish on 8/10 and recording one of the finest tournament performances in recent memory.

Carlsen’s domination of the event, his margin of victory was 2.5 points, was reminiscent of the way Garry Kasparov used to destroy the field. Carlsen gained so many points at Najing, he is currently 2801.

Kasparov’s influence on the 18 year old Norwegian was apparent again in the tenth and final round, he recently visited Norway to train the youngster. Carlsen’s opponent Dmitry Jakovenko decided to defend the Queen’s Gambit with the same line that Anatoly Karpov employed against Kasparov in their recent exhibition at Valencia but he was soon on the defensive and after missing a couple of possible defences he was simply crushed.

It was business as usual at Nanjing on the final day, Carlsen won a superb game and the others were involved in largely turgid games that ended in draws.


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The Washington Post
By Lubomir Kavalek
Monday, October 12, 2009

Magnificent Magnus

Magnus Carlsen will likely remember the Second Pearl Spring double-round elite tournament in Nanjing, China, for the rest of his life. The 18-year-old Norwegian superstar notched the greatest triumph of his young career, winning the event last week and outclassing the opposition. He left his nearest rival, the world’s top-rated grandmaster, Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria, 2 1/2 points behind. The final standings were: Carlsen 8 points in 10 games, Topalov 5 1/2 points, Wang Yue of China 4 1/2 points; Teimour Radjabov of Azerbaijan, Peter Leko of Hungary and Dmitry Jakovenko of Russia, each 4 points. Last year, in a similar tournament in Sofia, Bulgaria, winner Vassily Ivanchuk had an identical score to Carlsen’s, but the field was weaker.

Carlsen’s success and the margin of his victory in Nanjing will be compared to other great triumphs, and he still has time to match the best. Alexander Alekhine’s 14-1 score in San Remo in 1930 or his 20 1/2 -5 1/2 tally in Bled in 1931 come quickly to mind. So do Mikhail Tal’s 20-8 win in the 1959 Candidates tournament in Yugoslavia, Anatoly Karpov’s 11-2 triumph in Linares in 1994 and Garry Kasparov’s 12-2 victory in Tilburg in 1989. Of course, Bobby Fischer’s run of 20 consecutive wins against world-class grandmasters in 1970-71 will never be repeated.

On the next FIDE rating list, Carlsen will break the 2800 rating barrier, the youngest player ever to do so. It could have been the motivation for going full-throttle in the last round against Jakovenko even though he had the tournament victory already wrapped up. The Exchange variation of the Queen’s gambit figured prominently in last month’s exhibition match between Carlsen’s coach, Kasparov, and Karpov in Valencia, Spain.