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Carlsen, From Moscow to Oman

  • PeterDoggers
  • on 15.04.14 04:23.

On Sunday World Champion Magnus Carlsen will start playing his first big event since he won the Zurich Chess Challenge in February. Right now he's preparing in Oman, a place where he also spent time just before his world title match last year. Last week the 23-year-old Norwegian was in Moscow where he gave simuls and talked in front of an audience.

On April 8th Carlsen visited the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, where he was interviewed on stage by Tina Kandelaki, a Georgian-born TV host. Below you can watch the full interview.

For chess fans the interview didn't contain many surprises, but some of Carlsen's answeres were quite interesting. For example, he once again stated that he studied Vladimir Kramnik's games when he was young:

“I don't think there was any particular grandmaster of the past or the present that I wanted to model my game after. I think if you try to be like someone then it's hard to be the best – at some point you have to create your own style, your own identity. But one of the players I studied the games of when I was young was Vladimir Kramnik, the strongest Russian player. His play when he was young impressed me quite a bit, when I was little. I think also both for him and for others it would be useful to study the games when he was young.”

Carlsen likes to do other sports (more on that below), and, interestingly, even for his chess career he fears getting injured physically: “One of my first coaches, Simen Agdestein, who is a Norwegian grandmaster and the best Norwegian player for a long time, he was a football player who played for the national team. When he got injured in his knee and had to end his football career he also said that his chess career also went wrong after that, because he didn't have the same energy when he could not play football every day.

I have heard the same about Hungarian grandmaster Peter Leko, who was a world championship finalist some years ago, he also injured his knee playing football. He loved to do sports every day, and once he could not do that he did not have the energy anymore to play chess well. So I think that maybe for me as well to injure something would not be so good.”

After the interview, Carlsen perfomed two simultaneous exhibitions. In the first, against university students and teachers mostly, he scored 10 wins and 3 draws. GM Sergey Shipov was commentator during this simul. Later, Carlsen also played a simul against kids and he won all his games in that one.

Don't miss Maria Emelyanova's big photo gallery at the MIPT website!

On the same day the following video was posted on Carlsen's YouTube channel. It's a game between him and his manager Espen Agdestein, who is a strong FM rated 2372 himself. The two played a fune game at a sponsor meeting for the Norway Chess tournament, where Agdestein got three minutes on the clock, against 30 seconds for Carlsen. See what happened:

But it isn't the latest video on that YouTube channel. Yesterday the one below was posted, in which we see Carlsen preparing for the Gashimov Memorial which starts Sunday. He's having a good time together with his family and his second Peter Heine Nielsen in what looks like quite a nice resort!

Carlsen's accompanying text on his Facebook page was “I’m always getting asked how I train for upcoming tournaments. Here’s a peek at what I’ve been up to in Oman while training - and relaxing - before the next tournament in Azerbaijan.”

The tough life of a chess player! Laughing

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  • vor 5 Monate

    holytramp

    Here are the drawn games from MIPT simul:

    [Event "Magnus Carlsen simul at MIPT"]

    [Site "MIPT"]

    [Date "2014.04.08"]

    [Round ""]

    [White "Carlsen, Magnus"]

    [Black "Geivondian, Arman"]

    [WhiteElo "2881"]

    [BlackElo "2220"]

    [ECO "A14"]

    [Result "1/2-1/2"]

     

    1.c4 e6 2.g3 d5 3.Bg2 Nf6 4.Nf3 Be7 5.O-O O-O 6.b3 b6 7.Bb2 Bb7 

    8.e3 Nbd7 9.Qe2 c5 10.Nc3 Rc8 11.Rfd1 Qc7 12.Rac1 Qb8 13.d3 Rfd8 

    14.Nh4 Nf8 15.f4 Ng6 16.Nf3 Qa8 17.h3 a6 18.Re1 b5 19.e4 dxe4 

    20.Nxe4 Nxe4 21.dxe4 Nf8 22.Ne5 Bf6 23.Rc2 Ng6 24.Ng4 Bxb2 25.Rxb2 

    h5 26.Nf2 h4 27.Qg4 hxg3 28.Qxg3 Qb8 29.Nd3 Rd4 30.Rf2 bxc4 31.bxc4 

    Qd6 32.Ne5 Rd1 33.Rxd1 Qxd1+ 34.Kh2 Nxe5 35.fxe5 Qc1 36.Bf3 Qh6 

    37.h4 Rd8 38.Qg5 Qxg5 39.hxg5 Rd4 40.g6 fxg6 41.Bg4 Rxe4 42.Bxe6+ 

    Kh7 43.Kg3 Rxe5 44.Rh2+ Rh5 45.Rb2 Be4 46.Rb6 Bf5 47.Bd5 Rh3+ 

    48.Kf4 Ra3 49.Rc6 Rxa2 50.Rxc5 a5 51.Rc7 Kh6 52.c5 Rc2 53.c6 

    Bh3 54.Ra7 Rc5 55.Bh1 g5+ 56.Ke3 g4 57.Ra8 Kg5 58.Ra7 g6 59.Kd4 

    Rc1 60.Rxa5+ Kf4 61.Bd5 g3 62.Ra2 g2 63.Rxg2 Bxg2 64.Bxg2 Rd1+ 

    65.Kc5 Ke5 66.Kc4 Kd6 67.Bf3 Rf1 68.Be4 g5 69.Kd3 g4 70.Ke2 Rf7 

    71.Ke3 Ke5 72.Bg2 Ra7 73.Kd3 g3 74.Ke2 Kf4 75.Bd5 Ra5 76.Bg2 

    Ra3 77.Bd5 Rc3 78.Bg2 Ke5 79.Kd2 Kd4 80.Ke2 Ra3 81.Bh3 Re3+ 82.Kf1 

    Rc3 83.Kg2 Ke4 84.c7 Rxc7 85.Kxg3 Ke3 86.Be6 Rg7+ 87.Kh4 Kf4 

    88.Kh5 1/2-1/2

     

    [Event "Magnus Carlsen simul at MIPT"]

    [Site "MIPT"]

    [Date "2014.04.08"]

    [Round ""]

    [White "Carlsen, Magnus"]

    [Black "Imeeva, Aisa"]

    [WhiteElo "2881"]

    [BlackElo "2077"]

    [ECO "D55"]

    [Result "1/2-1/2"]

     

     

    1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 d5 4.Bg5 Nbd7 5.Nc3 Be7 6.e3 0-0 7.Rc1 c6 8.Bd3

    b6 9.cxd5 exd5 10.0-0 Bb7 11.h3 c5 12.Ne5 Nxe5 13.dxe5 Ne4 14.Bxe7

    Qxe7 15.f4 Kh8 16.Bxe4 dxe4 17.Qc2 Ba6 18.Rf2 Bd3 19.Qa4 Qe8 20.Qxe8

    Raxe8 21.g4 f6 22.exf6 gxf6 23.h4 Rg8 24.Rg2 Rd8 25.g5 Kg7 26.Kh2 Kf7

    27.h5 fxg5 28.fxg5 Ke6 29.Rcg1 Rdf8 30.g6 Rf5 31.Rg5 hxg6 32.Rxg6+

    Rxg6 33.Rxg6+ Kf7 34.Rh6 Kg7 35.Rg6+ Kf7 36.Rh6 Kg7 37.Rg6+ Kf7 1/2

     

     

    [Event "Magnus Carlsen simul at MIPT"]

    [Site "MIPT"]

    [Date "2014.04.08"]

    [Round ""]

    [White "Carlsen, Magnus"]

    [Black "Trofimov, Sergey P."]

    [WhiteElo "2881"]

    [BlackElo "2399"]

    [ECO "B80"]

    [Result "1/2-1/2"]

     

    1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 e6 7.f3 

    Be7 8.Qd2 Nc6 9.g4 O-O 10.g5 Nd7 11.h4 Nxd4 12.Bxd4 b5 13.O-O-O 

    Qc7 14.h5 b4 15.Ne2 Ne5 16.Ng1 Bb7 17.Kb1 Rac8 18.Rh2 d5 19.f4 

    Nc6 20.h6 Nxd4 21.Qxd4 e5 22.Qf2 g6 23.Nf3 dxe4 24.Nxe5 Rfd8 

    25.Rc1 Bc5 26.Qg3 Bd5 27.Ng4 Bd4 28.Rd2 Bh8 29.Rcd1 Bxa2+ 30.Kxa2 

    b3+ 31.Qxb3 Rxd2 32.Rxd2 Qa5+ 33.Kb1 Qxd2 34.Bc4 Qxf4 35.Qb7 

    Qc7 36.Qxc7 Rxc7 37.Bxa6 Rc6 38.Be2 Kf8 39.Nf2 Rb6 40.b3 e3 41.Ne4 

    Ke7 42.Kc1 Re6 43.Bd3 f5 44.gxf6+ Bxf6 45.Kd1 g5 46.Ke2 g4 47.Ng3 

    Bg5 48.Bxh7 Bxh6 49.Bf5 Rf6 50.Bxg4 Rf2+ 51.Kd3 Rd2+ 52.Ke4 Rxc2 

    53.Nf5+ Kf6 54.Nxe3 Bxe3 55.Kxe3 Rc3+ 1/2-1/2

  • vor 6 Monate

    bigbikefan

    "I'm good at what I do... I suppose..." Hilarious!

  • vor 6 Monate

    bigbikefan

    C'mon... Bb7-c8?? Well, I didn't play chess at 5, so maybe that's a "legit" move for a 5-year old. Lol. Anyway, I feel, there is a good chance to beat a 5 y.o. "version" of the current world chess champion then... :)

  • vor 6 Monate

    bigbikefan

    Huh? Moscow must have paid way more than New York is willing to. Those Wall St. moguls, who do more harm developing their "financial capitalism", are so cheap, they haven't found it worth making an arrangement for the modern day chess genius to be interested to come. Pity. Shame on "moguls".

  • vor 6 Monate

    dato989

    dachevoje eta kandelaki datoshnaia:((

  • vor 6 Monate

    drumdaddy

    Rock on, Champ!

  • vor 6 Monate

    Nelsox

    Yes, Peter Heine Nielsen is a traitor..

  • vor 6 Monate

    MrMars

    nakamura doesnt stand a chance against carlsen.

  • vor 6 Monate

    EternalChess

    I dislike Nakamura and I love Carlsen but I agree with the comments, Nakamura and Carlsen are probably the funnest and most important chess players, and they will be huge rivals in the years to come.

  • vor 6 Monate

    chessrook1234

    triator Hyena Neilsen

    He's having a good time together with his family and his second Traitorrr  Peter Heine Nielsen in what looks like quite a nice resort!

  • vor 6 Monate

    halfgreek1963

    I like how kept referring to the Kramnik games 'when he was young' as if to imply Kramnik's games as an older man are not worthy of study. lol

  • vor 6 Monate

    yogiOK

    Looks like fun training, must be tough! :-)

  • vor 6 Monate

    DrCheckevertim

    I actually think Carlsen and Nakamura are the most awesome chess players currently playing. I would love to see that rivalry for the WCC.

  • vor 6 Monate

    albatrosses

    This is a Carlsen fan page. Nakamura already had his article. Time to praise the best chess player. Who owns Nakamura

  • vor 6 Monate

    jesterville

    He said that his brain works on chess positions all the time?...this could not be normal...even for other chess GMs. His dreams about chess is always about loosing?...hmmm, this may suggest that he is afraid to loose/fail....but normal enough for a sportsman on top of the hill. Another interesting thing for me is when Magnus said that he does not look at computers as opponents...but rather only training tools. Come on Magnus, the best of the best not trying to test your skills against the best "silicon chess player"? I don't buy that one...more likely you tested yourself...and realised that you are only human after all Laughing

    Great interview...I always learn something new about this guy after each interview.

  • vor 6 Monate

    DrCheckevertim

    There have been comments sometimes that Carlsen "doesn't have any personality," "isn't a people person," etc. I think those comments are completely wrong. Carlsen is a cool guy, and a great "role model" for chess.

  • vor 6 Monate

    check2008

    I believe Naka will finally get his first classical win against Carlsen at the Gashimov Memorial!

  • vor 6 Monate

    Alpenbock

    Nakamura may be afraid seeing Magnus bashing out moves within 30 seconds :-)

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