Yes, obviously it is very early. I said, trying to explain to a massive press corps how big this really was. Because there is no doubt that the wider world has noticed this young boy from Lommedalen in Barum, a suburb just outside Oslo. The big media breakthrough came a few weeks earlier, when he defeated former world champion Anatoly Karpov in a blitz game in Reykjavik.
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He won the crown from Viswanathan Anand in November and successfully defended it in a return contest with the former title holder in November In November , he retained his crown when he defeated the Challenger, Sergey Karjakin , in the rapid game tiebreaker after the game classical match was tied. In January , he became the first person to be the world 1 in standard, rapid and blitz chess. Carlsen obtained his second grandmaster norm in the 3rd Aeroflot Festival in February and his third grandmaster norm at the sixth 6th Dubai Open , held between 18th and 28th April.
His father taught him chess at the age of eight after which he soon played his first tournament, a junior Miniputt Norwegian championship. He won the title of International Master in at the age of 12 years 7 months and 25 days. In , after having gained over rating points in little over a year, he became the second-youngest grandmaster in chess history at the time, behind only Sergey Karjakin , at the age of 13 years 4 months and 27 days. Parimarjan Negi later pipped his record by five days to become the second youngest grandmaster ever.
In the U12 World Championship a few weeks later, Carlsen was sole leader coming into the last round, but was held to a draw by David Howell , enabling Ian Nepomniachtchi to equal his score and to win on tiebreak. In the Norwegian Chess Championship, Carlsen again finished in a shared first place, this time with his mentor Simen Agdestein.
Carlsen finally won the Norwegian Championship in , after defeating Simen Agdestein in a tie-break match. His hopes to become a contender for the World Championship in the future took a big step forward by placing tenth at the FIDE World Cup , becoming the youngest player ever to qualify for the Candidates. In his first Candidates match in Elista in May, he drew in the six slow games of the Candidates Match: Aronian - Carlsen before losing in rapid-play tie-breaks.
He reached the final four in the World Chess Cup before being defeated in the semi-finals by the eventual winner, Gata Kamsky. Carlsen later withdrew from the Grand Prix cycle despite his excellent result in Baku, complaining about "dramatic changes to In November , however, Carlsen announced he was withdrawing from the Candidates tournament.
During the tournament, Carlsen set a new live rating record of The first four games were drawn before Carlsen won the fifth and sixth games. The seventh and eighth games were drawn, with Carlsen then winning the ninth game and drawing the tenth and last game to win by 6.
The first game of the Carlsen - Anand World Championship Match was a fighting draw with Carlsen playing Black and successfully defending a Grunfeld. In game 4, Anand played the Sicilian but Carlsen steered the opening into a quiet positional struggle that ended in a draw.
Game 6 may have been the turning point in the match. Anand missed a simple tactical stroke as Black that would have given him a very strong, if not winning position and the lead in the match. Game 7 was another Berlin Defense by Anand who encountered difficulties and surrendered a piece for two pawns.
However, his defense kept Carlsen at bay for moves before the game was finally drawn due to insufficient mating material on the board. Game 8 in the match was another QGD, with Carlsen playing Black introducing an innovation from his home preparation that guaranteed him a relatively easy draw. The game quickly came to an end through a draw by repetition, with Carlsen content to maintain his one-point lead.
In Game 10, Carlsen again defended a Grunfeld, albeit not as convincingly as in Game 1. However, he defended a long initiative by Anand to secure a drew to continue to maintain his one point lead. Game 11 was another Berlin Defense by Anand which turned into a complex and hard fought middle game following an innovation by Anand on the queenside, which was followed by an exchange sacrifice. Carlsen successfully defended to bring home the final point needed to secure his title for another two years.
Match result: Carlsen won by 6. Sergey Karjakin won the right to challenge him by finishing clear first in the World Championship Candidates In round 3, however, Carlsen was eliminated by Bu Xiangzhi by 0. After several more strong performances during the year, including 6. He saw out with a win at the London Chess Classic , a point ahead of Kramnik, a result which pushed him to the top of the world ratings in January Then in November , Carlsen won the Tal Memorial on tiebreak with 5.
He won the category 22 Tal Memorial outright with 5. He finished up by winning the London Chess Classic , the third time he has done so, with a score of 6. He also set a new live rating record of after his round 12 win over Nakamura, although this was superseded at the Candidates in March.
In May he played in the category 21 Norway Chess held in the Stavanger Region of Norway and came 2nd with 5. In June he again came outright 2nd, this time at the category 22 Tal Memorial , half a point behind the winner Boris Gelfand. His last hit out before the World Championship match against Anand in November was the category 22 double round robin Sinquefield Cup , which he won outright with 4. He came from behind to take equal first with Aronian in the Zurich Chess Challenge Blitz , which determined the colors in the main event Carlsen has 4 whites and 1 black.
By round 4 of the standard time event, he extended his live rating to His round 5 draw with Anand enabled him to finish the standard time event in first place, 2 scoring points ahead of Aronian.
He needed 3. His next event was the category 22 Gashimov Memorial , a new event in honor of the late Azeri GM Vugar Gashimov , which he won outright with a score of 6. In August , he played in the category 23 only the second such strength event Sinquefield Cup and came outright second with 5. This high was followed by a low at the category 22 Norway Chess in Stavanger in June , when he crashed and burned to his worst tournament result in almost a decade. After losing his first round game on time to Topalov in a won position, Carlsen never recovered and registered a 3.
A slow start in the category 22 Sinquefield Cup following an early loss to Topalov, was followed by three successive wins which enabled Carlsen to draw level with the leader by round 5, before the rest day. However, a crucial loss to Grischuk from an advantageous position and missed opportunities to win against Nakamura relegated him to equal second in the event, a point behind the outright winner Levon Aronian. This result also caused him to shed a few ratings points.
Still struggling with his form, Carlsen began his campaign at the category 23 London Chess Classic with his characteristic slow start, but was able to finish equal first in the ninth and final round with a win over Alexander Grischuk , scoring 5. A three way rapid game tiebreak resulted in Carlsen winning the tournament as well as the Grand Chess Tour of His tiebreak wins against Yu Yangyi also elevated him back to world 1 in blitz. This was his fifth win at Wijk aan Zee, tying with Anand for the record number of wins at this event, which has been running since In July, Carlsen emerged as the outright winner of the Bilbao Masters , well ahead of the runner up Nakamura.
He regained some form at the category 22 Sinquefield Cup , placing second with 5. He seems to have returned to form with an uncontested first place in the powerful Isle of Man Masters , finishing with 7. This also improved his rating to its highest since November After a promising start in the first round of the Norway Chess when he defeated his next title challenger and winner of the Candidates tournament, Fabiano Caruana , Carlsen lost a game to Wesley So and conceded the lead to Caruana, who ultimately won the tournament; Carlsen placed equal second with 4.
After his best start in a major tournament in recent years with two wins in the first two rounds, Carlsen gradually lost ground in the category 20 Biel with a string of draws, culminating in a loss in the penultimate round to Shakhriyar Mamedyarov which enabled the latter to win the event with a round to spare.
In March , Carlsen played for the second time in the Melody Amber blind and rapid chess tournament, which was held in Nice for the first time. Carlsen achieved four wins, four draws and two losses in the Amber Tournament Blindfold , and three wins, two losses, and six draws in the Amber Tournament Blindfold , resulting in a shared second place in the overall tournament. In the Chess Classic Mainz , Carlsen finished in second place after losing the final to defending champion Anand two losses, two draws.
After a slow start in the Arctic Securities Chess Stars rapid tournament, he continued his success by defeating Anand in the two-game playoff for gold.
A phenomenal 9. In October , he successfully backed up to defend his title at the World Rapid Championship , scoring His unsuccessful attempt to defend his crown at the World Blitz Championship was a similarly tight affair, with Carlsen losing on countback to the World Championship Challenger Sergei Karjakin, both scoring At Leuven, Carlsen was third with 5. Carlsen regained his blitz title at Riyadh in Saudi Arabia when he won the World Blitz Championship with a round to spare after the disappointment of losing the lead in the World Rapid Championship when he lost the last round.
The four game classical time limit match was tied Carlsen won the blitz portion of the match 3. Carlsen played in a curtain raiser to the Norwegian Championship, winning the Carlsen - Predojevic Rapid Match by 2. His best result was in the Olympiad, where he scored 6 points from 8 games and came 5th for board one. In , he scored 7. He again played board 1 for Norway at the European Team Championship , but returned a very poor result with 3. In and he played for Asker Norway on board 6 and board 1 after he had gained his FM title respectively, while his father Henrik was reserve on both occasions.
His total game result from these 4 seasons was Ratings and rankings: The highest official rating achieved by Carlsen to date was in May His highest live rating was Both are the highest ratings ever achieved for the slow version of the game. By the end of the August rating period, Carlsen will have been world number one for a total of 97 months. He was also both world number one junior and world number one player for the first 10 months of Furthermore, he holds the record for the highest rating acquired by any player aged 13, and 17 through to 24 inclusive.
Carlsen helped Anand prepare for the World Chess Championships in and and At the Sohn Conference held in New York in May , Carlsen demonstrated his skill by playing three players in a blindfold clock simul.
Carlsen and each of the three players were given nine minutes. Carlsen won A video of the event can be seen at the link in footnote 4. Everybody had 30 minutes on their clocks. Magnus won 11 to 0 Carlsen Play Live Simul Last updated: page 1 of ; games of 3, Game.
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