Henrik Carlsen (the father of Magnus Carlsen) leads his son in the 'Arctic Chess Challenge'
by ½ point!
Film at 11... :laff: Super GM Magnus Carlsen
Seriously, there I was looking at the results page and I couldn't find Magnus! He wasn't at the very top where I expected him to be... So, I started to scroll down to the ½ point group and there he was. It was Brede Hagen (rated 2034 from Norway) lucky day!
Here's the PGN score...
[Event "Arctic Chess Challenge"]
[Site "Scandic Hotell Tromsø"]
[White "Hagen, Brede"]
[Black "Carlsen, Magnus"]
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. g3 e5 7. Nde2 Be7 8. Bg2 Nbd7 9. O-O b5 10. h3 Bb7 11. g4 b4 12. Nd5 Nxd5 13. exd5 O-O 14. Ng3 Re8 15. a3 a5 16. Be3 Qc7 17. Qd2 Nb6 18. b3 Bf8 19. Rfd1 bxa3 20. Rxa3 a4 21. Qb4 Qxc2 22. Rc1 Qb2 23. Rca1 Bxd5 24. Qxb6 Rab8 25. Qxb8 Rxb8 26. Bxd5 axb3 27. Ra7 Qc2 28. Rc1 Qg6 29. Bxf7+ Qxf7 30. Rxf7 Kxf7 31. Rb1 b2 32. Bd2 d5 33. Bc3 Rc8 34. Bxb2 Rb8 35. Rd1 Rxb2 36. Rxd5 Ke6 1/2-1/2
The position after 36... Ke6 Draw
In all fairness it should be pointed out that Brege and Magnus are boyhood friends. They also attend the same school NTG (The Norwegian College of Top Athletes) and both have been tutored by GM Simen Agdestein. Under the circumstances it's understandable as Brege played a good game where Magnus tried but it all fizzled out and an equal position resulted. Magnus gets my old chess friend GM Nick deFirmian next in round #2. Nick had the misfortune to lose in round #1 to Even Thingstad (rated 1893) from Norway. Thanks to <TheGladiator> <hardliner> and <Ezzy> all from CG.com who supplied the personal info and the raw score.
So, maybe we should start a Carlsen family scoreboard!
After Round #1:1) Henrik Carlsen (2089 NOR) 1 point
2) Magnus Carlsen (2710 NOR) ½ point
3) Ingrid Øen Carlsen (1059 NOR) 0 point
In the chess tournament all play all (Swiss system 9 rounds) in the same section although it's broken down into three categories (1.klasse, 2.klasse & 3.klasse) for prize distribution. Magnus, of course, is in 1.klasse, whereas Henrik, Brege, Even and Ingrid are all in 3.klasse.
This one is for littlefish...*********************************** 'GM Antoaneta Stefanova'
She did manage to win her first round game
(against Paul Johan Jensen - 1879 NOR)! ***********************************
So, stay tuned more to follow (although I'm hoping that Akselborg scoops me!)... :p
Reference - Another useful website covering this event - \'Tromso Sjakklubb\'
which also links to Norwegin Blogs where I got the pictures of Magnus and Eti.
PS: Online Chess Diagram credit: "Interactive Chessboard with Diagram Generator."