Magnus Carlsen Profile

An in-depth profile of Magnus Carlsen by the New Yorker in 2011 is now freely available on their website. It's definitely worth a read if you have half an hour to spare.

My favourite excerpt:  Carlsen said that, for him, great chess playing is less the “scientific search for the best approaches” than “psychological warfare with some little tricks.” He took me through a few of his best-loved games. The first match that he mentioned was against Vasilios Kotronias, a Greek grandmaster, in the fall of 2004, just a few months after his victory over Ernst. He had not won it—he only came to a draw—but this did not seem to bother him. He was pleased with the way that he had sacrificed a knight, and then a rook, in order to gain a position. “I just thought I’d never seen this combination before, this theme,” he says. “There’s no better feeling than discovering something new.”

Photo by Platon.


  • 2 anni fa


    The picture of Magnus makes me laugh. Nice to see he has a sense of humor

  • 2 anni fa


    Carlsen uses trainers to update him on openings.  Kasparov got him to #1 on the ELO list.  Wesley So's database knowledge picked up where Kasparov left off.  Nielsen is now updating him. 

    Magnus' style (long games) will have to change in order for him to enjoy continued success.  As age goes up long games become more arduous. 

  • 2 anni fa


    Great match! I love the depth in the game.

  • 2 anni fa


    Great match!

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