Drawing the final four games was sufficient to win the tournament with 9 points out of 13, half a point ahead of Anish Giri, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Wesley So and Ding Liren. The 6th edition of Norway Chess begins tomorrow. As usual, the tournament itself was preceded by a blitz showdown, aimed at determining the number of whites and blacks. Ranked number 13 in the world. [30] Carlsen's prowess caught the attention of Microsoft, which became his sponsor. Billed as the strongest chess tournament ever held, the remaining 4 players in the event were Levon Aronian, Hikaru Nakamura, Veselin Topalov, and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (France). [103] His team, Norway, finished 51st out of 149 teams. Carlsen obtained a score of 10½/13, losing just one game (against the highest-rated player of the C group, Duško Pavasovič). There, Carlsen lost to Evgeny Bareev,[42] but then won against Joël Lautier and Vladimir Malakhov before losing again to Gata Kamsky. He became the undisputed World Champion in 2007 and defended his title against Vladimir Kramnik in 2008. 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He had a poor showing, scoring 8/18 (+3−4=2, points doubled) in rapid and 9/18 (+6−6=6) in blitz for a combined total of 17/36, putting him in sixth place. [33] Carlsen played in the FIDE World Chess Championship, thus becoming the youngest player ever to participate in one, but was knocked out in the first round by Levon Aronian. [194], From October 2017 to January 2018, Carlsen played in the second edition of Chess.com's Speed Chess Championship. In the World Blitz Championship, held in Moscow on 16–18 November, Carlsen attempted to defend his 2009 title. [104], Carlsen's next tournament was the Grand Slam Masters Final on 9–15 October, which he had qualified for automatically by winning three of the previous year's four Grand Slam chess events (2009 Nanjing Pearl Spring, 2010 Corus, 2010 Bazna Kings). Carlsen won two games, against Gelfand and Nakamura, and drew the rest. He finished with 7½/10 and a 2918 PR, winning the tournament by two points ahead of Radjabov and Gelfand. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbajian). [27] As a result of the victory, he earned his first GM norm, and achieved a PR of 2702. 2. Ranked number 12 in the world. Carlsen made headlines after his victory in the C group at the 2004 Corus chess tournament in Wijk aan Zee. [388] In 2017, Carlsen made a special guest appearance on The Simpsons, in an episode where Homer's chess history is revealed. Round 5 of the Norway Chess tournament saw tail-ender Jan-Krzysztof Duda defeating former sole leader Magnus Carlsen, thus ending a 125-game undefeated streak in classical chess that lasted over two years. [177], Carlsen participated in the fifth edition of Norway Chess from 6 to 16 June. From 26 December to 28 December, Carlsen participated in the 2019 World Rapid Chess Championship which he won with a score of 11½/15 (+8-0=7) including no losses to reclaim the title that he lost in 2016. [17] Carlsen also practised skiing until the age of ten. Magnus went into 2018 ranked No. In June 2013, Mamedyarov won the World Rapid Chess Championship. In November 2014, he won the Tal Memorial for the second time. 4. Carlsen regained his sole lead by scoring a comfortable victory against compatriot Aryan Tari in Round 8 of Altibox Norway Chess. 1 ranking in serious jeopardy. The blitz tournament was a preliminary event leading up to a rapid knockout tournament beginning the next day. He defeated Kramnik in round one and went on to win the tournament with 13/21 (three points were awarded for a win, and one for a draw; using classical scoring he finished with 5/7) and a PR of 2844, one point ahead of Kramnik. His peak classical rating of 2882 is the highest in history. [324], In 2011, he was awarded the Peer Gynt Prize, a Norwegian prize awarded annually to "a person or institution that has achieved distinction in society". Children play chess on play dates. He joined the lead with a win over Howell in round 5, and managed to stay in the lead following a harrowing draw against Kramnik in round 6, before defeating Short in the last round. Began to learn chess at the age of four and became International Grandmaster in 2009. [129][130], Carlsen won the London Chess Classic in December with five wins (over McShane, Aronian, Gawain Jones, Adams and Judit Polgár) and three draws (against Kramnik, Nakamura and Anand). He finished with +5−2=7, and won the tournament on tiebreak over Vladimir Kramnik. [64], Carlsen reached the semi-final round of the World Chess Cup in December, after defeating Michael Adams in the round of 16 and Ivan Cheparinov in the quarterfinals. Live from Altibox Norway Chess. In October 2015, Magnus successfully defended his title in the FIDE World Rapid Championships held in Berlin — the first World Rapid Champion in history to do so. [160] He reached the highest live rapid rating in history after the tournament, and was at that point ranked No. By rating performance, this was one of the greatest results in history, with a PR of 3002. [99], Carlsen played in the Bazna Kings Tournament in Romania on 14–25 June. "[219] The fifth leg, the 7th Sinquefield Cup, was a classical tournament. He won this tournament convincingly, scoring 11/18 (+3−1=5; two points for a win) in the rapid portion and 14½/18 (+12−1=5) in the blitz portion for an overall score of 25½/36, three points ahead of the runner-up, Wesley So. In the second half of the tournament, Carlsen scored 4/5, beating Mamedyarov and Nakamura again, and securing the tournament victory by beating Caruana in the final round, finishing with +5−2=3. Penultimate round games of Round 9 will resume on Thursday 15th October from 8:30 p.m. IST. [176], From 13 to 22 April, Carlsen competed in the 4th Grenke Chess Classic, finishing in joint second place, though third on tiebreaks, with Fabiano Caruana, with a score of 4/7 (+1−0=6). In the 2014 Olympiad he also won the individual gold medal on board 3, thanks to his performance rating of 2912, the best of the entire event. [378], As of 2012[update], Carlsen is the only active chess professional with a full-time manager; Espen Agdestein, a FIDE Master and brother of Carlsen's former trainer Simen Agdestein, began working as an agent for Carlsen in late 2008. [12] Carlsen participated in his first tournament—the youngest division of the 1999 Norwegian Chess Championship—at the age of 8 years and 7 months, and scored 6½/11.[13]. Aronian won the tournament with 6/9 (+3−0=6). [327] In the July 2007 FIDE rankings, at the age of 16 years and 213 days, Carlsen attained a 2710 Elo rating, which made him the youngest person to surpass 2700 Elo (the record has since been broken by Wei Yi and Alireza Firouzja). Carlsen's score was 3½/6 (+1−0=5).[215]. Carlsen won his White games against Nakamura, Nisipeanu, and Ivanchuk and drew the rest of the games. My confidence is long gone ... At this point I just don't care anymore and I'm just waiting for the classical to start. At nine years old he began to compete in local, junior chess tournaments. He also holds three team gold medals, one team silver and individual gold, two silver and one bronze from the World Team Chess Championship. [131][132] In the May 2014 rankings, Carlsen achieved an all-time high record of 2882,[337] with a peak of 2889 on the live ratings list achieved on 21 April 2014. He was a member of the gold medal-winning Chinese team at the 41st Chess Olympiad in 2014 and at the World Team Chess Championship in 2015. Carlsen obtained a score of 10½/13, losing just one game (against the highest-rated player of the C group, Duško Pavasovič). Carlsen recovered somewhat in the latter part of the tournament, achieving a win over Shirov, and finishing with 2½/6. Carlsen lost to Caruana in round 3 and defeated Aronian and Nakamura in rounds 5 and 7, respectively. [209], Carlsen participated in the sixth edition of Shamkir Chess, held from 31 March to 9 April. In 2018 Fabiano won the Altibox Norway Chess tournament after winning the Candidates Tournament and qualified for a World Championship Match vs. Magnus Carlsen later in the year. The 8th Altibox Norway Chess was a 6-player double round-robin taking place from 5-16 October 2020 at the Clarion Hotel Energy in Stavanger, Norway. [234], Carlsen won the Chess Oscars from 2009 to 2013. From 10 to 14 August, Carlsen participated in the fourth leg of the 2019 Grand Chess Tour, the St. Louis Rapid & Blitz. As in the Tal Memorial earlier in 2012, Carlsen managed to finish the tournament without any losses (+4−0=6). [145], From 2–13 June, Carlsen played in the second edition of Norway Chess, a ten-man round robin. In 2008 he won the Corsican Circuit rapid knockout.In 2009 he won the Mainz Ordix Open. [41], At the end of 2005, Carlsen participated at the Chess World Cup in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia. Carlsen ended the tournament with +3−1=5, losing to Caruana but beating Anand, Kramnik and Nakamura. In the meantime, Levon Aronian and Alireza Firouzja also collected 3 points each by winning their classical games — Aronian inflicted Caruana’s … Aronian won the FIDE World Cup in 2005 and 2017. He took clear first place with a score of 19/30 (+5−1=4; three points for a win) in a field comprising Fabiano Caruana, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Alexander Morozevich, Alexey Shirov and Yannick Pelletier, two points ahead of Morozevich. [60], In July and August, Carlsen won the Biel Grandmaster Tournament with a 6/10 record and a PR of 2753. [223] At the 2019 London Chess Classic in December, the finals of the 2019 Grand Chess Tour, Carlsen was defeated in the semifinals by Vachier-Lagrave on tie-breaks, 15½–14½. In May he won the combined FiNet/Ordix rapid event. [383][384] Carlsen's goal is to use Play Magnus and its group of chess companies as a platform to encourage more people to play chess. Butler, Brin-Jonathan (2018). [105][106] The average Elo of the participants at the time was 2789, making the Grand Slam Final the strongest chess tournament in history. Magnus tries to put the accent only on play, getting away from preparation, but for me preparation plays an enormous role. [165], From 15 to 31 January, Carlsen participated in the 78th Tata Steel Chess Tournament, held in Wijk Aan Zee. [114], Carlsen won the London Chess Classic on 8–15 December in a field comprising World Champion Anand, Vladimir Kramnik, Nakamura, and British players Adams, Nigel Short, David Howell, and Luke McShane. [84], Carlsen entered the London Chess Classic as the top seed in a field including Kramnik, Hikaru Nakamura, Michael Adams, Nigel Short, Ni Hua, Luke McShane and David Howell. He scored 7½/9 (+6−0=3), half a point ahead of Nakamura and Anand, for a performance rating of 2903. CHENNAI: Magnus Carlsen won the Altibox Norway Chess with a round to spare after defeating Alireza Firouzja in round 9 of the competition on Thursday night. In November 2010, however, Carlsen announced he was withdrawing from the Candidates Tournament. [38] Anand won 3–1. Magnus Carlsen wins Norway Chess, his 10th title of the year ... Carlsen leaped to 19.5 points after nine rounds in this six-player double round … This was his second victory in the tournament over the former world No. [230], Carlsen competed in the 8th Norway Chess from 5 to 16 October, which was the first elite over-the-board tournament held since social restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic were enforced. [190], From 1 to 11 December, Carlsen competed in the 2017 London Chess Classic, the final event of the 2017 Grand Chess Tour. He started off poorly, scoring ½ points out of 3 games, losing to Levon Aronian, drawing against Sune Berg Hansen, and losing again to Yannick Pelletier due to a blunder. [59], In May and June, he participated in the Candidates Tournament for the FIDE World Chess Championship 2007, facing Levon Aronian in a six-game match at standard time controls, which Carlsen drew (+2−2=2) by coming from behind twice. Viswanathan Anand (India). He was officially awarded the IM title on 20 August 2003. Developed by LAST FRIDAY. [144], On 8 May, Carlsen played an exhibition game at Oslo City against the people of Norway, assisted by a grandmaster panel consisting of Simen Agdestein, Jon Ludvig Hammer, and Leif Erlend Johannessen. [63] A game which attracted some attention was his sixth-round win over his father, Henrik Carlsen. [393] Carlsen also follows the Premier League and plays fantasy football. Carlsen then defeated Vachier-Lagrave in the playoff to win the tournament. In the 39th Chess Olympiad from 19 September to 4 October, he scored 4½/8, losing three games, to Baadur Jobava, Michael Adams, and Sanan Sjugirov; these were his first losses with the black pieces in more than a year. He repeated his victory in 2005, becoming the only two-time champion. [122][123], In the London Chess Classic, played 3–12 December, Carlsen's streak of tournament victories ended when he finished third, behind Kramnik and Nakamura. [39], In the Norwegian Chess Championship, Carlsen again finished in shared first place, this time with his mentor Simen Agdestein. As part of it, Carlsen took on an online audience (dubbed as "The World") with the white pieces and won. Carlsen has the highest nettlesomeness score by this metric, because his creative moves pressure the other player and open up a lot of room for mistakes. He was automatically seeded to the semifinal round, as the unofficial Fischer Random Chess champion. 7. The seventh round of Norway Chess begins at 15:00 UTC on Wednesday. [92] Carlsen appeared to struggle in the last round against Fabiano Caruana, but saved a draw, leaving him half a point ahead of Kramnik and Shirov. The four-game rapid playoff was drawn as well (+1−1=2), with Carlsen winning the last game to stay in the match. He won in 2018. "[354] Kasparov expressed similar sentiments: "[Carlsen] has the ability to correctly evaluate any position, which only Karpov could boast of before him. "[355] Although Fabiano did not win, he proved himself to be a very strong rival to Magnus Carlsen. He finished in second place with 5/9 (+3−2=4), one point behind winner Levon Aronian. ", This page was last edited on 20 January 2021, at 07:50. At age 15, he won the Norwegian Chess Championship, and at 17, he finished joint first in the top group of Corus. After 11 of 12 games, Carlsen led 6½–4½, thereby defending his World Champion title. [198][199], Carlsen placed second with a score of 5½/9 (+2−0=7) in the 5th Grenke Chess Classic, held from 31 March to 9 April. Burke). [70] In June, Carlsen won the annual Aerosvit chess tournament,[71] finishing undefeated with 8/11 in a category 19 field and achieving a PR of 2877, his best PR at that point in his career. The ten participants were Magnus Carlsen, Levon Aronian, Vladimir Kramnik, Veselin Topalov, Fabiano Caruana, Alexander Grischuk, Sergey Karjakin, Peter Svidler, Anish Giri and Simen Agdestein. Carlsen's victory in the C group q… Playing both blitz and bullet chess for a total of three hours, Carlsen defeated Nakamura 14½ to 10½ and became the first winner of the Chess.com Grandmaster Blitz Battle Championship. [127], The Grand Slam Chess Final was again held as a double round robin with six players, in São Paulo and Bilbao. He scored an undefeated 8/10, winning every game as white (against Topalov, Wang Yue, Leko, Teimour Radjabov, and Dmitry Jakovenko), and also winning as black against Jakovenko. By Geoff Berkeley | Norway’s world chess champion Magnus Carlsen has been named as the world’s highest-earning esports player of 2020 after successfully turning his hand at gaming during the coronavirus pandemic. He performed poorly and had a performance rating of 2755, his lowest since 2015 (2670, at the European Team Chess Championship). , for a Candidates tournament and qualified for the occasion, currently number... 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