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trond 99 ( +1 | -1 )
New 13 year old GM!! Magnus Carlsen (ELO 2552) from Norway, born 30. november 1990 (www.fide.com/ratings/card.phtml?event=1503014), achieved his third GM norm yesterday in Dubai Open (www.arabfide.com/dubaiopen2004/) with one round left. He needed 1/2 point in the last two rounds, and got a draw against GM Alexei Fedorov (ELO 2616) in round 8 (Opening: Kings Gambit!!). When the title is official, he will be the youngest GM in the world.

Magnus is tied for second place before the last round, starting 5:30 pm Dubai local time, half a point behind the leader GM Pavel Eljanov (ELO 2592). The games can be viewed live from the tournament homepages, and games from previous rounds are also avaliable.

Trond,
Also a norwegian, but nowhere near GM :)
soikins 5 ( +1 | -1 )
Yeah! Congrats to Carlsen! Now we will see him in Supertournaments soon...
cairo 33 ( +1 | -1 )
Congrats to Magnus Carlsen and to Norway as well. Maybe he (Magnus) will be invited to next years Linares!!!
I had the pleasure to meat and observe some analyses by Magnus Carlsen in Gothenburg 2003, in the IM-tournament Pelaro Open.

Best wishes
Cairo
commodore 21 ( +1 | -1 )
That makes me an Oracle as I mentioned the precocious lad in the Greatest thread, he has lived up to all my hype!! Congrats Magnus. But being me and deep blue would push him aside I don't think he is all that great a player. Why when I was 13, shoot let me tell you.......
calmrolfe 71 ( +1 | -1 )
2nd youngest GM Magnus Carlsen is the second youngest GM of all time, he is currently being trained by Simen Agdestein. It would appear that Magnus has a photographic memory, which is a great boon for any chess player as it must make memorising endless pages of variations relatively easy for him. Alexander Nikitin, who formerly trained Garry Kasparov, reckons that Magnus is the best chess player to have developed since Kasparov himself.

Certainly he will prove to be a formidable opponent for the likes of Sergei Karjakin and Kateryna Lahno, who are prodigies of a similar age to him.

Kind regards,

Cal


The 11 year old Karjakin was the trainer and coach to Ruslan Ponomariov when Ruslan won the FIDE World Championship
gibo 31 ( +1 | -1 )
carlsen's best tournament performance rating is over 2700 at the corus group c event. What is Karjakin's best performance rating? I very much doubt if his cracked 2700. Would be interesting if they had a carlsen-karjakin match, I think carlsen is developing more rapidly.
blindio 4 ( +1 | -1 )
there's a nice interview . . . . . .with Carlsen on the ChessBase site.
calmrolfe 50 ( +1 | -1 )
gibo I think you are right. Carlsen seems to have come from nowhere over the past six months. Before Corus I don't think I had heard of him, whilst there was plenty of info available about Karjakin, lahno, Radjubov etc. He seems to be winning his games effortlessly, there is a cute picture of him at the Dubai Tournament....everyone is huddled over their boards concentrating fiercely whilst little Magnus is leisurely strolling about looking at everyone else's games !!!

pycroft 16 ( +1 | -1 )
hmm... I wonder if he's related to Sven Carlsen, the guy I see wiping the competition in the
'Worlds Strongest Man' competition. There'd be a family to reckon with, brains and
braun.

:)

Pycroft
soikins 75 ( +1 | -1 )
On Carlsen Of course he is a very strong and talanted young player, but I agree with calmrolfe -- seems he has come out of nowhere in the last 6 months. Why there is such a fuzz about him? We shouldn't forget about Ian Nepomniachtchi -- another 13 year old talent. He finished ahead of Carlsen in the European Championships and also at the Wolrd Chempionship (U-14 I guess, not shure though). He has won the Russian U-18 championship recently with a result 9/10. Performance -- 2646. So let's look out for him too. Probably there ain't gonna be such a publicity, cause he is from Russia and it's common that strong young players come from there. If such a player comes from the West, well, that's different.
dafkins 2 ( +1 | -1 )
jesus its almost unbelievable
trond 48 ( +1 | -1 )
Carlsen Achieved his fourth GM norm in the Sigeman tournament (www.ksu.dk/sigeman/). Tournament performance rating was 2648 according to the leading norwegian site for chess news. He finished third place behind the two danish GM's Peter Heine Nielsen (2628) and Curt Hansen (2635), but in front of strong players such as GM Alexander Beliavsky (2667), GM Eduardas Rozentalis (2619) and GM Evgeny Agrest (2601).