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News Scotsman
12 October 2009

THE search for the new Bobby Fischer is over. He’s not American, not Russian, not Indian.

He’s an 18-year-old Norwegian who slouches in his chair, like your average bored teenager, at the world’s biggest tournaments, and Magnus Carlsen is set to join titans Fischer and Garry Kasparov as one of the all-time greats.

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NWT.se
Måndag 12 oktober 2009

Succéartad comeback

På senare tid har den endast artonårige norrmannen Magnus Carlsen blivit omskriven på grund av sitt samarbete med den före detta världsmästaren Garri Kasparov. Frågan som kunde ställas var om samarbetet gett någonting för den unge norrmannen, eller om det mest var för syns skull det existerade. Eftersom Carlsen inte har spelat på ett tag har svaret på den frågan varit svår att finna.

Svaret håller dock som bäst på och uppenbarar sig då Carlsen i skrivande stund deltar, för första gången på relativt lång tid, i en elitturnering. Den aktuella tävlingen spelas i staden Nanjing i Kina och deltagarna utgörs av sex spelare från den absoluta världseliten där alla möter alla två gånger. Initialt verkar det verkligen som att Carlsens träningstillfällen med Kasparov har betalat sig bra, eftersom han har gått fram som en ångvält och leder tävlingen överlägset efter det att sex av de tio ronderna har avverkats. Bland de som ligger bakom återfinns bland annat världens just nu högst rankade spelare, Veselin Topalov från Bulgarien. Frågan är dock om inte Carlsen övertar den positionen efter denna tävling, speciellt om den fortsätter på den inslagna vägen. Det ska bli spännande att se om han kan fortsätta spela så här bra turneringen igenom, för då gör han ett av de bästa resultaten som någonsin presterats.

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The New York Times
October 12, 2009
By Dylan Loeb McClain

Fresh From His Victory in China, Carlsen Looks Ahead

It’s almost a scary thought for his rivals, but Magnus Carlsen may still have a lot of room for improvement.

Carlsen, the 18-year-old Norwegian prodigy, won the Pearl Spring tournament in Nanjing, China, last week with one of the most dominant performances in history, according to Jeff Sonas, founder of Chessmetrics.

On an unofficial Web site for calculating ratings and world rankings (which has proven to be accurate again and again), Carlsen is ranked No. 2 with a rating of 2,801. That makes him only the fifth player to crack the 2,800 level. The others are Garry Kasparov of Russia, Vladimir Kramnik of Russia, Viswanathan Anand of India and Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria, who is No. 1 right now with a rating of 2,810. All four of those players are world champions (current or former) so Carlsen is in illustrious company. Carlsen has been among the top five players in the world for 18 months, but his latest performance hints that he may be ready to ascend to the top — and stay there.

Part of what is fueling Carlsen’s rise is that he has been working with Kasparov, who retired in 2005. In China, Carlsen used openings that have long been associated with Kasparov, in particular the Scotch. In a telephone interview Monday, Carlsen said, “I thought that if he thought these openings were good, why aren’t they good enough for me?”

Carlsen’s expanded repertoire goes beyond the Scotch, which should worry his rivals. Well known for his preparation, Kasparov had amassed over 16,000 unplayed opening ideas when he retired. (He showed a couple to a reporter during an interview about his retirement). Carlsen said, “He has many more ideas stored than I do. I always have access to that database.” Carlsen added, however, that using some of Kasparov’s systems did not mean he would start playing like him. “My playing style is still the same.”

Carlsen said that he and Kasparov started working together in December 2008, but that their training sessions became more intensive during a two-week period in August in Croatia. Pearl Spring was the first tournament that Carlsen played in since then and he said he noticed a subtle difference in his play. He was able to put pressure on his opponents from the outset and to keep it up throughout the games. “I had never felt that before,” he said.

He said that he also thought that his opponents were under greater psychological pressure facing him because they knew he was training with Kasparov. (The news broke in early September.) Carlsen explained, “I thought they were a bit afraid, that they thought they are also playing against Kasparov.”

About the future, Carlsen said he wanted to play for the world title, but found the current situation, in which there is no clear system for selecting a challenger, frustrating. Still, he said he is not thinking about it too much as he assumes he will part of the cycle. “If I continue with what I am doing,” Carlsen said, “I will qualify for the candidates matches by my rating.”

He said that he will continue to work with Kasparov, who he said will be helping him at the Tal Memorial tournament in Moscow from Nov. 5 to14.

As for his upper limits as a player, alluding to his performance in Pearl Spring (3,002) Carlsen said, “At 3,000, I don’t think that I can perform consistently at that level. And 2,900 is going to be very difficult, but I don’t think that is impossible.” But, Carlsen said, he was not concerned about his rating. “I am trying to improve my play.”

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Mye “krutt” i denne artikkelen, f.eks: “Jeg kan nok ikke prestere 3000 hele tiden og 2900 er vanskelig,men ikke umulig” He he, kanskje ikke for Magnus, men for absolutt alle andre.

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Frankfurter Allgemeine
13. Oktober 2009

Der nächste Weltmeister?
Von Stefan Löffler

Magnus Carlsen verblüfft die Schachwelt. Um zweieinhalb Punkte deklassierte er in Nanking das übrige, immerhin vom Weltranglistenersten Wesselin Topalow angeführte Feld. Dass Carlsen ein exzellenter Positionsspieler ist und Kämpferqualitäten besitzt, war schon früher bekannt. In China legte er seine Partien zudem schärfer an als bisher und fuhr exzellent damit. Seine über zehn Runden erspielte Leistung ist mit 3002 Elopunkten der höchste bisher gemessene Auftritt in einem hochrangigen Wettbewerb. Spielte Carlsen beständig auf diesem Niveau, würde er mit dieser rund zweihundert Punkte über den Besten liegenden Wertungszahl geführt.

Dabei ist der Blondschopf aus Lommedalen bei Oslo erst 18 Jahre und zehn Monate alt. Erst seit gut neun Jahren beschäftigt er sich mit Schach. Die meisten Spitzenleute haben zwischen dem fünften und siebten Lebensjahr begonnen. Nun schießen die Spekulationen ins Kraut, wie weit Carlsen es im Schach noch bringen kann. Vor der Abreise nach China wagte sich der unprätentiöse Norweger für seine Verhältnisse weit vor: „Seit ein paar Jahren denke ich, dass ich das Potential habe, Weltmeister zu werden“, sagte Carlsen in der schwedischen Talkshow „Skavlan“.

Kasparow erwartet Wunderdinge

Die in ihn gesetzten Erwartungen liegen höher. Vor allem seitens Garri Kasparows, der ihn bei dem Fernsehauftritt begleitete. Der frühere Weltmeister glaubt, dass Carlsen Schach auf ein höheres Niveau bringen kann. Vier Jahre nach seinem eigenen Rückzug vom Profischach hat der Russe begonnen, ihn zu trainieren. Ihre ersten Treffen im Frühjahr und Sommer wurden geheim gehalten. Der Erfolg stellte sich auch nicht unmittelbar ein. Carlsens frühere Resultate in diesem Jahr waren durchwachsen. Im September dann machten sie ihre Zusammenarbeit publik. Kasparow reiste zwar nicht mit nach Nanking, half aber aus der Ferne mit Analysen und persönlichen Einschätzungen der Gegner. „Er hat das meiste Wissen über Schach und über die Psychologie“, schwärmt Carlsen.

Als fünfter Spieler nach Kasparow, Kramnik, Topalow und Anand, aber weit jünger als alle seine Vorgänger, überschreitet Carlsen die Marke von 2800 Punkten in dem auf den ungarischen Mathematiker Arpad Elo zurückgehenden Wertungssystem. Mit 2801 Zählern trennen ihn noch neun Punkte von Topalow. Die höchste jemals geführte Elozahl 2851 erreichte Kasparow 1999. Dass Carlsen den von seinem Trainer gesetzten Rekord brechen wird, gilt unter dem Eindruck von Nanking als ausgemachte Sache. Die Frage ist nur: wann?

Schon mit 20 Weltmeister?

Allerdings kommt ihm eine inflationäre Tendenz entgegen. Die durchschnittlichen Elozahlen der Weltspitze legen Jahr für Jahr um bis zu fünf Punkte zu. In den achtziger Jahren waren Kasparow und Anatoli Karpow die einzigen Spieler, die mit mehr als 2700 Punkten geführt wurden. Heute sind es mehr als dreißig. Carlsens Leistung in China ist nominell zwar rekordverdächtig, aber nicht höher zu bewerten als das Niveau von Karpows erstem Platz 1994 in Linares oder Topalows WM-Sieg 2005. Als Höchstleistung über eine längere Periode sticht Kasparows Serie über 36 Partien in Wijk aan Zee, Linares und Sarajevo im Jahr 1999 heraus.

Kasparow wurde 1985 mit 22 Jahren jüngster Weltmeister. Carlsen könnte es schon mit zwanzig schaffen. Vorausgesetzt, der Weltschachbund hält seinen selbstgesetzten Zeitplan ein: Im April ist der nächste WM-Kampf zwischen Titelverteidiger Viswanathan Anand und Topalow angesetzt. Vor Ende 2010 soll der nächste Herausforderer ermittelt werden. Seinen Platz unter den Kandidaten hat Carlsen als Zweiter der Weltrangliste nun sicher.


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B.Z
News aus Berlin

Carlsen deklassiert die Schach-Elite
09. Oktober 2009

Mit 13 wurde Magnus Carlsen weltjüngster Großmeister.
Mit 18 hängte er die Weltelite in China ab.

Mit 2,5 Punkten Vorsprung hat der Norweger Magnus Carlsen (18) das Grand-Slam-Schachturnier im chinesischen Nanjing gewonnen. Der junge Großmeister erzielte acht Punkte aus zehn Partien und verwies am Freitag den Weltranglisten-Ersten Weselin Topalow (Bulgarien/5,5) sowie den Chinesen Wang Yue (4,5) auf die nächsten Plätze. Carlsen erzielte sechs Siege und ließ nur vier Remis zu. Erstaunlich bei diesem Sieg ist dabei weniger das Alter des Siegers, schließlich spielt Carlsen seit sechs Jahren in der Weltspitze mit, sondern der Vorsprung, mit dem er die übrige Weltspitze deklassierte.

Durch seinen überragenden Erfolg überholte der norwegische Schachstar den indischen Weltmeister Viswanathan Anand in der internationalen Rangliste und liegt bereits auf Rang zwei. Die Fachwelt sieht in Carlsen bereits den künftigen Schachweltmeister. Ex-Champion Garri Kasparow (Russland), der seit Jahresbeginn mit dem Norweger trainiert, erklärte: „Bei unserer Arbeit bemerkte ich an ihm viele Eigenschaften der großen Weltmeister.“

Carlsen wurde 2001 mit 13 der jüngste Schachgroßmeister der Welt. Schon damals brachte der Junge die Nr. 1 der Weltrangliste Garri Kasparow in Bedrängnis, doch ließ er seinen Vorteil sausen. “Ich habe gespielt wie ein Kind”, sagte er später.

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For de som er ennå dårligere i Tysk enn meg, så avluttes artikkelen med den klassiske uttalelsen fra 13 årige Magnus etter tapet mot Kasparov i Reykjavik 2004: – Jeg spilte som et barn -
Han hadde Kasparov i kne i første parti, men det endte med remis. Uttalelsen kom etter det andre partiet som Magnus tapte

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The Los Angeles Times
October 18, 2009
By Jack Peters

Magnus Carlsen is colossal in China

The teen grandmaster from Norway earns first prize in the Pearl Spring tournament in Nanjing.
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Norwegian grandmaster Magnus Carlsen earned the 80,000-Euro (about $117,000) first prize in the Pearl Spring tournament in Nanjing, China. Carlsen won six games against a first-class field and scored 8-2, achieving an off-the-charts performance rating of 3002.

The rest of the field managed only three wins. Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria, ranked first in the world, won two but finished a distant second at 5 1/2 -4 1/2 . Wang Yue of China drew nine games for a third-place score of 4 1/2 -5 1/2 . Dmitry Jakovenko (Russia), Peter Leko (Hungary) and Teimour Radjabov (Azerbaijan) tied for fourth at 4-6.

According to the unofficial statistics posted at chess.liverating.org, Carlsen raised his rating 24 points to 2801, while Topalov dropped three points to 2810. If so, Carlsen would become only the fifth player to cross the 2800 barrier, and, at 18, by far the youngest.

As White, Carlsen surprised Leko with the Scotch Game. As Black, he relied on the Gruenfeld Defense in three games. Both openings are favorites of Carlsen’s new trainer, former champion Garry Kasparov.

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The Guardian
Leonard Barden
Friday 16 October 2009

Magnus Carlsen raises world rating to over 2800 with Nanjing victoryBuzz up!

Magnus Carlsen had already won the Nanjing elite tournament with a round to spare at the start of this week’s game, but the 18-year-old Norwegian spurned halving out and won impressively.

The victory gave him a 3000 tournament performance and raised his world rating to over 2800, the youngest in chess history and only the fifth 2800 ever.

His predecessors, with their peak ratings, were Garry Kasparov 2851, Veselin Topalov 2813, Vlad Kramnik 2811 and Vishy Anand 2803. Bobby Fischer at 2785 and Anatoly Karpov 2780 could be reckoned worth 50 points higher allowing for rating inflation.

The betting now is that Carlsen will win the 2010 candidates and qualify to challenge and probably beat Anand or Topalov (who meet next year) for the world title in 2011. The other challenge is to surpass the peak rating of Kasparov, whose recent coaching of the teenager has yielded spectacular and immediate results.

Carlsen has just withdrawn from Norway’s team for next week’s European Championship in favour of further Kasparov sessions. He will then be the favourite for Moscow’s Tal Memorial in November and for the London Classic

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prestasjonen i Kina har ikke akkurat dempet forventingene til Magnus. L.Barden i The Guardian framstiller det som mest sannynlig at han vil bli verdensmester i første forsøk. Tror ikke det er fullt så enkelt

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The Boston Globe
By Harold Dondis and Patrick Wolff
October 19, 2009

Carlsen did it

The leading items of the news last week involved the small nation of Norway. One was the Nobel Peace Prize to President Obama for “Yes you can.’’ The other was plaudits to 18-year-old Magnus Carlsen for “Yes, you did!’’ For what Carlsen did was level his opponents in the second Nanjing Pearl Spring Chess Tournament in Nanjing, China and lift his FIDE rating beyond that of world champion Viswanathan Anand and behind top-rated Veselin Topalov.

This year the contestants all had ratings above 2700 and Topalov’s rating was a towering 2813. Topalov was last year’s clear winner. Besides Topalov and Carlsen, the other contestants were Dmitry Jakovenko of Russia, China’s Wang Yue, Teimour Radjabov, the former 2004 Knockout world champion from Azerbaijan, and Peter Leko of Hungary, who was substituted at a late date when Anand withdrew. Anand and Topalov will play for the world championship next year.

Carlsen, who has been coached recently by Garry Kasparov, amazed the world by registering four straight wins against Topalov, Jakovenko, Leko, and Radjabov, and drawing with Wang in the fifth round.

In the last half, he slowed up a bit by drawing with Topalov, Leko, and Radjabov, but defeated Jakovenko and Wang. His final score: 8-2! No one was even close to Carlsen in the last half. Topalov had drawn all his games in the first half, except for the loss to Carlsen. He registered two wins in the last half and ended with 5.5 points. An oddity of this tournament was that in the first half, the games were all drawn except for Carlsen’s four wins. In the entire tournament, the scores of Leko, Radjabov, and Wang were all earned with eight draws, no wins.

Carlsen is now rated second in the world, behind Topalov. Not necessarily an aggressive player, he seems to have a shrewd understanding of good chess positions, and an ability to polish off his opponents in advantageous positions. In their first game, Topalov allowed Carlsen to appropriate a rook pawn. This was possibly a Topalov error or instead a gamble to open up a rook file against Carlsen’s king. Whatever it was, it only led to a bad position.

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Magnus på Golden Goal

Magnus opptreden i Golden Goal er kanskje ikke et naturlig innslag i denne skrytetråden, men det er fasinerende hvor raskt den dukket opp tekstet på engelsk på you tube og på mange av de store sjakk bloggene.

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utdrag fra artikkelen

The whole of the moon
Skrevet af Sune Berg Hansen i Politiken.dk 19. okt

Vi kender sikkert allesammen nogen, der bare virker automatisk talentfulde – sådan, så man tænker: hvordan fanden udtænkte han det så hurtigt? Den type mennesker, der ligesom Tiger Woods og Magnus Carlsen får én til at føle sig som Salieri i filmen Amadeus – eller med et andet ord: Middelmådig.

Mangnus nevnes i samme åndedrag som Tiger Woods og Mozart. Ikke første gangen, men kanskje av en dansk skribent (og sjakkspiller)?

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Sun.Star Cebu
October 22, 2009
by Frank ‘Boy’ Pestaño

Carlsen the Great: a virtuoso performance

ONE of the greatest tournament performance of all time was recently accomplished by Magnus Carlsen of Norway when he won the second Spring Pearl competition in Nanjing, China.

Carlsen, whose first name is “great” in Latin, totally dominated the event, winning six times and drawing four for an amazing 8/10 score. He left his nearest rival, the world’s top-rated grandmaster, Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria, 2 1/2 points behind. This is like winning in the NBA by 60 points.

While such scores are fairly common in chess, this was extraordinary as the competition was a category 21 and was considered a super-elite tournament. Here is the final score: Carlsen (2772, 8 points), Topalov (2813, 5½), Wang Yue of China (2736, 4 1/2), Teimour Radjabov of Azerbaijan (2757, 4), Peter Leko of Hungary (2762, 4) and Dmitry Jakovenko of Russia (2742, 4).

GM Viswanathan Anand, the current world champion and No. 2 in the rating list, was originally slated to play. Instead he was substituted by the Hungarian grandmaster Leko.

Fide has recognized this tournament, which came after the highly successful first edition last year won by Topalov, as part of the world Grand Slam tournaments. This makes it a super-elite world chess event after Corus in Holland, Linares in Spain, Sofia in Bulgaria and Bilbao Grand Slam Chess Final.

Carlsen performed at a 2850 level (double-round robin) with an average Elo of 2763 and gained a massive 29 points on the Fide ratings list. This brings him to 2801, making him the fifth player in history—after Kasparov, Kramnik, Anand and Topalov—to break the 2800 barrier.

The currently highest-ranked player, Topalov, scored 5.5/10 and performed at a 2789 level. He lost 3.5 points and will appear at 2810 on the next list.

A relatively high 70 percent of the games in this event were drawn, with white winning 20 percent and black 10 percent.

Each of the other GMs dropped one game to Carlsen or Jakovenko.

In an article in chessbase.com, Jeff Sonas wrote that this was the best tournament performance since January 2005 and the greatest ever of all time by a teenager as Magnus is just 19.

The five best performances of all time were by Anatoly Karpov 2899 (Linares 1994); Garry Kasparov, 2881 (Tilburg 1989); Emanuele Lasker, 2878 (London 1899); Kasparov, 2877 (Linares 1999); and Mikhael Tal 2869 (Bled, Zagreb, Belgrade).

Surprisingly, Bobby Fischer’s best performance is just the same as Carlsen at 2850 in Palma de Mallorca (Interzonal) in 1970.

Bobby Fischer’s 100 percent score of 11-0 at the US Championships in 1963-64 is not recognized due to the low playing strength of his opponents. It is the only perfect score in the history of a major tournament.

Many observers attributed Carlsen’s amazing performance to the former world champion Kasparov, now retired, who is now his trainer and coach. A big amount of money must have been involved and Carlsen’s purse of 80,000 Euros in this event is just for starters.

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Mye tall og statistikk i artikkelen, men det stemmer ikke at Magnus presterte på 2850 nivå i denne turneringen. Det var pluss 3000+, men det her med ELO og TPR (Tournament Performance Rating) har jo også gått i ball for mange norske journalister.

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utrdrag fra artikkelen All The King’s Men i Business Outlook India
av Jaideep Unudurti, 31.okt 2009

Artikkelen omhandler sekundanter og støtteapparat rundt spillere, i første rekke Anand og forbredelsene til den kommende VM kampen mot Topalov

As if Viswanathan Anand didn’t have his hands full preparing for his World Championship defence against Bulgarian Grandmaster (GM) Veselin Topalov next year, an off-the-board move has probably given him more to think about. Last month, it was revealed that Garry Kasparov had agreed to work with Magnus Carlsen, the 18-year-old Norwegian wunderkind. For the fanaticalchess fraternity, it’s an intriguing collaboration. It’s as if in the 1990s, Don Bradman decided to coach Tendulkar. Even that’s putting it mildly, for the value of partnerships is more in chess than perhaps in any other sport.

Broadly speaking, there are two kinds of partnerships in chess. There’s the coach-ward relationship. And then, there is the support team—called ‘seconds’—that does most of the preparatory work for a top player. The Carlsen-Kasparov relationship falls somewhere in between the two.

At some point after the Topalov match, the Carlsen-Kasparov combine, and the other pieces they put together, will grab Anand’s attention. Kasparov is, arguably, the greatest player of all time. In his playing days, he dominated Anand. Carlsen, the ‘Mozart of chess’, became a GM at the age of 13, is world number four at 18 and is said to be a world champion in waiting. Carlsen also knows Anand’s game well, courtesy an earlier stint in his team. The A-team will have its hands full.

Åpenbart at mange allerede har en VM kamp mellom Anand og Magnus i tankene

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Hei Hardliner

Tipper han refererer til Jeff Sonas justerte rating (justert for rating inflasjon og turneringslengde).

mvh Hogne

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Litt fra Wiki:-)

Sir Donald George Bradman, AC (27 August 1908 – 25 February 2001), often referred to as The Don, was an Australian cricketer, widely acknowledged as the greatest batsman of all time.
Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar is an Indian cricketer widely regarded as one of the greatest batsmen in the history of cricket.

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Tipper han refererer til Jeff Sonas justerte rating (justert for rating inflasjon og turneringslengde).

Hooch, du har helt rett. Jeg registrerte også det, men forventer likevel at journalister klarer å skille mellom Jeff Sonas innlegg (der han justerer for inflasjon mm.) og TPR – Tournament performance rating.

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Hoock, forøvrig hyggelig å se deg her inne, blir ofte litt ensomt her på skrytetråden. mvh Gerry

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The Columbus Dispatch

Dominance in China lifts Carlsen to No. 2
Saturday, October 24
By SHELBY LYMAN

Eighteen-year-old prodigy Magnus Carlsen has again assumed the mantle of Magnus the Magnificent.

In a stunning performance at the Pearl Spring Tournament in Nanjing, China, the Norwegian went 8-2 against a field that included Veselin Topalov, the highest-rated player in the world, as well as Peter Leko and Timour Radjabov, ranked sixth and seventh.

According to chess statistician Jeff Sonas, Carlsen’s performance is the 20th-best in chess history. Even more significant, it’s the best ever among teenagers, whose ranks have included examples of precocity such as Bobby Fischer, Anatoly Karpov and Garry Kasparov.

A measure of his achievement is that while Carlsen scored six wins in 10 games, his five opponents collectively accumulated a scant three victories in the entire event.

As a result of the tournament, Carlsen has moved up from fourth to second on the World Chess Federation’s rating list.

Few will doubt that Nanjing reflects Garry Kasparov’s recently assumed role as Carlsen’s trainer. Kasparov’s savvy adds an intimidating dimension to his protege’s already- formidable competitiveness.

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Malaysia Star

Beating the giants
By QUAH SENG SUN
Friday October 16, 2009

Norwegian teen makes ripples in chess world.

SINCE the end of last month, I’ve been spending some time marvelling at the progress of a young man whom I consider to be one of the most exciting chess players to have emerged in recent years.

As an eight-year-old kid, he started learning chess and by his 11th birthday, had attained an international rating of 2,072. For a player that was brought up on chess in the West, that was nothing much but since that modest start, that young chap’s chess prowess had shot through the roof.

At the age of 13 years four months and 27 days, he became the third youngest grandmaster in chess history. He touched the 2,600 rating level in the January 2006 Fide rating list, then topped the 2,700 rating mark in the July 2007 rating list.

Formidable: Magnus Carlsen, 18, thrashed his opponents – chess grandmasters and world champions – at the second Pearl Spring chess tournament in Nanjing, China, last week.

Today, according to the Live Rating list, he has breached the rarified 2,800 rating level, one of only two chess players to do so. Only 18 years old, and he’s currently the No.2 player in the world.

I’m talking about Magnus Carlsen. The whole world is talking about Magnus Carlsen. A phenomenal chess player from Norway with a phenomenal memory and chess talent.

At the second Pearl Spring chess tournament that ended in Nanjing, China, last week, Carlsen brushed aside a formidable field that consist­ed of Veselin Topalov (Bulga­rian grandmaster and former Fide world champion, ranked first in the world), Peter Leko (Hunga­rian grandmaster, ranked sixth in the world), Teimour Radjabov (Azerbai­jan grandmaster, ranked seventh in the world), Dmitry Jakovenko (Russ­ian grandmaster, ranked 12th in the world) and Wang Yue (Chi­nese grandmaster, ranked 15th in the world).

In my opinion, Carlsen made mincemeat out of them. In the first half of the double round-robin tournament, he almost made a clean sweep of his rivals, beating all of them except dropping a draw in his game with Wang. Then, having achieved a commanding lead, he slowed down his pace in the second half and conceded three draws. Despite that, he finished the tournament with an impressive eight points from 10 games.

According to his live ratings, his rating shot up by an astounding 28.8 rating points against these top players. In the process, he beat Topalov, Wang, Radjabov and Leko by similar 1½-½ results, and won both of his games against Jakovenko.

By contrast, while he was demolishing his opposition, the other players were making heavy weather playing against one other (other than Carlsen). In the 20 games that were recorded amongst themselves, all except three games were drawn.

As a result, there was a wide chasm that separated Carlsen from Topalov. True, the former Fide world champion finished second in the tournament but he obtained only 5½ points. Wang was the lowest rated player among the six of them but he finished a very creditable third with 4½ points. Radjabov, Leko and Jakovenko finished with four points each.

Incidentally, it was revealed last month that Garry Kasparov is now officially Carlsen’s trainer. They have been having training sessions for about nine months now. As a coach, nobody comes any bigger than Kasparov himself. In Nanjing, according to Carlsen, the games were “homework by Garry Kasparov and me.”

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Daily Express UK
OTHER SPORT
CHESS WITH LUKE MCSHANE

Sunday October 18,2009

IT WAS one of those tournament performances that sent the pundits scurrying for the history books.

Magnus Carlsen’s victory at the Pearl Spring event, with 8/10 and a performance rating of 3003 drew comparisons with Topalov at San Luis in 2005, Kasparov at Linares in 1999 and Karpov at Linares in 1994.

Magnus’s performance in Nanjing will provisionally boost his rating above the 2800 mark, another pleasing milestone and a feat only ever achieved before by Kasparov, Kramnik, Anand and Topalov.

Veselin Topalov was second at Nanjing with 5.5 points, and the Chinese player Wang Yue scored 4.5/10. Teimour Radjabov, Peter Leko and Dmitry Jakovenko shared the bottom rungs with 4 points each.

Magnus Carlsen – Wang Yue

This game showed admirable determination and creativity from both players which continued deep into the endgame. The middlegame is rich and a little disorientating, while in the final phase the remaining pieces coalesce into a study-like finish.

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Neues Deuchland
24.10.2009
Carlos García Hernández, Schachlehrer

Carlsen & Kasparow

Nur wenige zweifeln daran, dass Magnus Carlsen (Norwegen, 18) Weltmeister wird. Die einzige Frage ist lediglich wann? Vor einem Monat haben wir erfahren, dass der Ex-Weltmeister Garry Kasparow (Russland, 46) der neue Trainer von Carlsen wurde. Nach Carlsens Auftritt beim 2. Pearls Spring Turnier in Nanjing (China) hat die Welt das erste Ergebnis dieser Zusammenarbeit erlebt. Carlsen hat acht von zehn möglichen Punkten erreicht und seine Performanz war sensationell, ja historisch zu nennen: 2850 ELO-Punkte! Heute stellen wir die letzte Partie des Turniers vor. Carlsen hatte bereits die gesamte Veranstaltung gewonnen und besiegte zum Schluss noch Dmitri Jakowenko (Russland, 26). Das Team Carlsen & Kasparow sieht unbesiegbar aus.

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Her surrer de også med Magnus TPR i Nanjing

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The New York Times
Another Norwegian Teenager Emerges as a Threat Sign in to Recommend
Published: November 2, 2009

A 19-year-old Norwegian turned in an impressive performance at the 17th European Team Championships in Serbia, which ended on Saturday. A Norwegian teenager had been expected to do well at the tournament, but the surprise was that he turned out to be Jon Ludvig Hammer and not Magnus Carlsen, who does not turn 19 until the end of November.

Carlsen, a prodigy who will be No. 2 in the world on the next list, was supposed to play for Norway, but he withdrew to spend more time preparing for the Tal Memorial tournament in Moscow, which begins on Nov. 5. Carlsen’s father, Henrik, explained that his son wanted to play in the team event, but after talking it over with his coach, Garry Kasparov, the former world champion, they decided it would be “too hectic.”

In the wake of Carlsen’s decision, Hammer, who is No. 240 among active players, became the leader of Norway’s team. He not only filled the void, he rose to the occasion.

After seven rounds, Hammer had four wins, three draws and no losses, and he had turned in the top performance at the tournament, which included nine of the world’s top 20 players.

Hammer became a grandmaster this year, and under different circumstances he might have a higher profile. But he plays in Carlsen’s shadow. Still, he is clearly getting better, and Norwegian teams with him and Carlsen on the roster will have a potent one-two punch.

At the European Team Championships, Hammer’s best victory was in Round 3 against Pavel Eljanov, a Ukrainian who is No. 24 in the world. The win helped Norway draw the match against the heavily favored Ukraine.

Hammer used the Exchange Variation of the Ruy Lopez, which Bobby Fischer played. It is no longer popular because there are several good responses for Black. Eljanov chose 5 … Qd6 to use the half-open d file and quickly mobilize his forces.

Black could not win a pawn with 10 … ed4 because White will play 11 c3 c5 12 Nc2.

Instead of 14 … Ne7, which was a mistake, Eljanov should have played 14 … fe5 because it gives White no advantage. He probably anticipated 15 ef6 gf6 16 g4 Bg6 would follow, with Black winning White’s e pawn. But Hammer interjected 15 g4, after which 15 … Bg6 16 Bf4 gives White an edge.

After 16 Qd3, Black could not play 16 … fe5 because 17 Ng5 Qf6 18 Nf7 Qf7 19 Qd7 Kb8 20 Bc5 Re8 21 Rd3 h6 22 Kg2 would cause Black to soon lose a piece.

Though Eljanov was able to restore the material balance, White’s pawns rolled forward faster than Black’s. Eljanov finally resigned because he would not be able to stop a White pawn from promoting.

ikke værst å bli omtalt i New York Times Jon Ludvig:-)

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STANDPOINT.

Magnus the Great
DOMINIC LAWSON
November 2009

Sometimes — perhaps once every 100 years or so — a talent emerges who defies the normal rules of intellectual development. Musicians would put Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in this special category. Mozart’s chess equivalent would probably be José Raúl Capablanca, born in 1888, who taught himself chess at the age of four and became the strongest player in his native Cuba by the time he was 12. Capablanca duly became world champion in 1921, at which point he was described as “the unbeatable chess machine”. But his own assumption that this was the case made him indolent, and to his — and the chess world’s — astonishment he lost the ultimate crown just six years later to the prodigiously hard-working Russian Alexander Alekhine.

Today, we are fortunate to be witnessing the flowering of a chess genius of Capablanca-like natural ability. His name is Magnus Carlsen. Later this month, the Norwegian wunderkind celebrates his nineteenth birthday and next month he will play for the first time in the UK, as the top seed in the London Chess Classic, which takes place from 8-15 December at the Olympia Conference Centre.

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Flaterende sammenligninger er det alltids plass til her på skrytetråden

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The New York Times
November 15, 2009
Dylan McClain

Kramnik Wins Tal Memorial, Carlsen Claims No. 1 Ranking

Kramnik’s last round opponent, missed several chances to win and settled for a tie for second with Magnus Carlsen of Norway, who beat Peter Leko of Hungary. With his victory, Carlsen overtook Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria to become the world’s top-ranked player. At 18, Carlsen is the youngest player to be No. 1.

Carlsen, who had Black, used a variation of the Sicilian Defense that Garry Kasparov, the former world champion, had often used. That was not surprising since Kasparov is now coaching Carlsen. Leko did not play very ambitiously and Carlsen equalized without trouble. The game should have ended in a draw, but Leko erred in the endgame, allowing Carlsen to win two pawns. He then showed flawless technique to finish Leko off.

It was the second consecutive win for Carlsen, who had drawn his first seven games. It turned out that Carlsen had been sick since the beginning of the tournament and he was still a little ill at the end, according to an e-mail message sent by his father, Henrik, just after the last game ended.

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The New York Times
DYLAN LOEB McCLAIN
November 14, 2009

Norwegian, 18, Is Youngest to Be Ranked No. 1 at Chess

The chess world has a new No. 1 player, Magnus Carlsen of Norway, and he is only 18 years old — the youngest player ever to hold the rank.

On Saturday, Mr. Carlsen beat Peter Leko, a Hungarian player now ranked No. 11, in the final round of a tournament in Moscow. Though Mr. Carlsen only tied for second in the tournament, his performance was good enough for him to edge out Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria for the top world ranking. Mr. Topalov, 34, did not compete in the tournament.

Mr. Carlsen, who turns 19 on Nov. 30, is only the seventh No. 1-ranked player since the ranking system began in 1970. Garry Kasparov, the Russian former world champion, became No. 1 in January 1984, when he was 20 years and 9 months old. He held the spot for 18 months, lost it, and then regained it and held it for 20 consecutive years before retiring in March 2005.

The other players to be No. 1 are all former world champions, including Bobby Fischer, Anatoly Karpov, Vladimir Kramnik and Viswanathan Anand.

Rankings are based on cumulative performances, measured by something called a rating. Mr. Carlsen’s rating is now 2,806, and Mr. Topalov’s is 2,805. Mr. Anand, 39, the current world champion, finished in a tie for fourth in Moscow and is now No. 3, with a rating of 2,790.

Last year, during a tournament in Bilbao, Spain, Mr. Carlsen briefly took over the top spot, but he lost the following the day and slipped back to No. 4. In an e-mail message just after the tournament ended in Moscow, Mr. Carlsen said of his current No. 1 status that he “hopes it lasts much longer than the short stay during Bilbao last year.”

Mr. Kasparov is now training Mr. Carlsen. They began working together in December 2008, though Mr. Carlsen said the training sessions became more intensive over the summer.

Though Mr. Carlsen is No. 1, he cannot become world champion yet. World champions have historically been determined in a match of many games between two players, and Mr. Anand and Mr. Topalov have already signed to play a title match next April in Bulgaria.

The World Chess Federation, the game’s governing body, has also not settled on a format for selecting a challenger after next year’s match, so Mr. Carlsen will have to wait until at least 2011 and possibly 2012 to even have a shot at the title. But he still has a few years to become the youngest world champion, as Mr. Kasparov did not do it until he was 22.

he he, med alle Mr. ene i denne artikkelen fikk den en svært så formel tone. Kanskje for å understreke at “vidunderbarnet” ikke lenger er nettopp det, men snarere en ung herre og verdens beste sjakkspiller. I hvert fall for de som mener at ratingen er målet på det, og det er vel langt de fleste?

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Sydney Morning Herald
November 16, 2009

CHECK MAGNUS

The chess world has a new No.1 player, Magnus Carlsen of Norway, and he is only 18 years old – the youngest No.1 ever. On Saturday, Carlsen beat No.11 Peter Leko of Hungary in the final round of a tournament in Moscow. Although Carlsen only tied for second in the tournament, it was enough for him to edge out Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria for the top world ranking. Topalov, 34, did not compete. Carlsen is only the seventh No.1-ranked player since the ranking system began in 1970. Garry Kasparov, the Russian former world champion, became No.1 in January 1984, when he was 20 years and nine months old. He held it for 18 months, lost it, and then regained it and held it for 20 consecutive years before retiring in 2005.

De tar det for gitt at Magnus også er nummer 1 på den offisielle rankingen, men det er langt fra sikkert. Det krever at Magnus ikke mister rating poeng i kommende turnering i London i Desember.

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Very well put indeed, Mr. Hardliner! kudos!

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Manila Bulletin
November 16, 2009

Chess crowns youngest No. 1

The chess world has a new No.1 player, Magnus Carlsen of Norway, and he is only 18 years old – the youngest player ever to hold the rank.

On Saturday, Carlsen beat Peter Leko, a Hungarian player now ranked No.11, in the final round of a tournament in Moscow. Though Carlsen only tied for second in the tournament, his performance was good enough for him to edge out Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria for the top world ranking. Topalov, 34, did not compete in the tournament.

Carlsen, who turns 19 on Nov. 30, is only the seventh No.1-ranked player since the ranking system began in 1970. Garry Kasparov, the Russian former world champion, became No.1 in January 1984, when he was 20 years and 9 months old. He held the spot for 18 months, lost it, and then regained it and held it for 20 consecutive years before retiring in March 2005.

The other players to be No.1 are all former world champions, including Bobby Fischer, Anatoly Karpov, Vladimir Kramnik, and Viswanathan Anand.

Rankings are based on cumulative performances, measured by something called a rating. Carlsen’s rating is now 2,806, and Topalov’s is 2,805. Anand, 39, the current world champion, finished in a tie for fourth in Moscow and is now No.3, with a rating of 2,790.

Last year, during a tournament in Bilbao, Spain, Carlsen briefly took over the top spot, but he lost the following the day and slipped back to No.4. In an e-mail message just after the tournament ended in Moscow, Carlsen said of his current No.1 status that he “hopes it lasts much longer than the short stay during Bilbao last year.”

Kasparov is now training Carlsen. They began working together in December 2008, though Carlsen said the training sessions became more intensive over the summer.

Though Carlsen is No.1, he cannot become world champion yet. World champions have historically been determined in a match of many games between two players, and Anand and Topalov have already signed to play a title match next April in Bulgaria.

The World Chess Federation, the game’s governing body, has also not settled on a format for selecting a challenger after next year’s match, so Carlsen will have to wait until at least 2011 and possibly 2012 to even have a shot at the title. But he still has a few years to become the youngest world champion, as Kasparov did not do it until he was 22.

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Det er åpenbart at FIDE har et problem. Store deler av verdenspressen klarer ikke å skille FIDES offisielle ranking og Hans Arild Rundes Top Live List. Eneste løsningen er at FIDE også går over til live rating, ihvert fall for topp 30 eller de som har 2700 eller mer (som på Rundes rating). Jeg tror de kommer etter om ikke alt for lenge

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The Washington Post
By Lubomir Kavalek
Monday, November 16, 2009

Kramnik triumphant in Moscow

Former world champion Vladimir Kramnik won the flu-stricken Tal Memorial on Saturday. Playing more deliberately and sharply, the Russian grandmaster reinvented himself. He did not mind dwelling in complications and kept his cool in difficult situations. He withstood the last-round charge of Ukraine’s Vassily Ivanchuk, last year’s winner of the same event. Magnus Carlsen sneaked in a tie for second place by winning the last two games. The Norwegian grandmaster gained enough rating points to move into the world’s top spot. The world champion Vishy Anand of India had a chance to tie for first with Kramnik, but lost in the last round with the white pieces to Armenia’s Levon Aronian.

Tal Memorial final standings: Kramnik, 6 points in nine games; Ivanchuk and Carlsen, 5½ points each; Anand and Aronian, 5 points each; Boris Gelfand of Israel, 4½ points; Ruslan Ponomariov of Ukraine, 4 points; Peter Svidler of Russia, 3½ points; Peter Leko of Hungary and Alexander Morozevich of Russia, 3 points each.

Carlsen’s razzle-dazzle

Five years ago, the 14-year-old Carlsen amazed the chess world with brilliant combinations and splendid attacks. He was compared to the former world champion Mikhail Tal. Carlsen, soon to be 19, never lost his tactical skills. In Moscow, he defeated Ponomariov in the style of the former world champion. It was a seesaw battle in the English Attack of the Sicilian defense, but too many queen moves doomed black. Carlsen was able to cut the Gordian knot in most Sicilians—the pawn on e6.

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The Daily Dirt Chess Blog
By Mig Greengard on November 17

Blitzed in Moscow!

Here’s your Tal World Blitz item, sorry about the delay. The good news is that Garry’s Kuala Lumpur speech was a big success, whew. His being 13 hours ahead did nothing good for my already-haphazard sleep schedule. Of course he was following the blitz every chance he got. He was amazed at Anand’s 12/14 performance on the first day and couldn’t decide whether to laugh or cry when Carlsen lost to Karpov after missing around a dozen wins. Karpov was in clear third (!!) after day one, but it will be hard for the veteran to hold up in this incredible 42-round marathon. Still, it does seem to show that his work for Valencia did something and that maybe Kasparov and Anand’s big scores against him weren’t just about his coming apart at the seams.

Carlsen finished second on day one and took over the lead today, thanks in part to beating Anand with white. That these two and Kramnik are at the top, along with Karjakin, is no surprise. That last year’s winner and perennial blitz powerhouse Ivanchuk is so far down the chart is a shock. Dominguez, erstwhile world blitz champion, is confirming his fluke status, unless you want to consider this the fluke. On the first day Carlsen boggled his coach by beating several top seeds while losing to cellar-dwellars Kosteniuk and Gashimov, as well as that loss to Karpov. (Kosteniuk also tagged Anand.) French champion Tkachiev is again at risk of having his legend as a blitz maestro revoked and he sits at the bottom of the table, which is also where he finished here last year. (Speaking of blitz maestros, to answer a few questions with uncertain information, it is my understanding from some of Hikaru Nakamura’s comments on the ICC that he did receive an invitation to the event but it came on very late notice, too late to drop everything and attend. A real shame.)

I’ve only had time to glance at a few games, mostly Carlsen’s with Garry, so will save highlights until the event concludes tomorrow. With so many games, please help out and mention the stunning sacs and brilliancies you’ve spotted in the comments. Many of the scores are wrong or incomplete, alas, with little hope of their ever being completed. In Karjakin-Grischuk White missed a cute saving trick with 26.Rh7+! and got mated. And apparently Kasparov was right about Carlsen studying his basic endgames because he beat Leko in R+B vs B. Not sure whether that’s harder to win or defend in blitz. Probably to defend. Kramnik’s 32.Rd7 vs Aronian is nice.

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Mig Greengards Daily Dirt Chess Blog er spesielt interessant ikke først og fremst fordi han skriver bra om sjakk, men framfor alt på grunn av hans vennskap til Kasparov. Mig er en av få kilder til Kasparovs tanker om sin nye “elev”, Magnus Carlsen.

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Chessbase News

World Blitz Championship day two: Carlsen takes over
17.11.2009 –
Yesterday World Champion Vishy Anand was leading Magnus Carlsen by two points, today the Norwegian caught and overtook his Indian friend, finishing with 21.0 points from 28 games, with just two draws on his account. Both lost a game to Alexandra Kosteniuk. Anand is now second, one point behind, followed by Sergey Karjakin, 1.5 points below Anand. Results, games and statistics.

The second day of the World Blitz Championship was all about Magnus Carlsen, who the spectators on the Playchess server decided was “on fire”. Of the 14 games Magnus drew none (he has draw two of 28 games so far). He won eleven games with white and lost three with black. That took him to the top of the table, a full point ahead of Vishy Anand, who had a “bad” day with five wins, three losses and six draws. But that was enough to stay a point and a half above the third placed Sergey Karjakin – and 3.5 points ahead the rest of the field.

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