Chess: Norwegian Carlsen wins in China


After securing overall victory at the Nanjing Pearl Spring Chess Tournament in China on Oct. 8, Norway’s Magnus Carlsen (18) on Friday also won the remaining game against Russia’s Dmitrij Jakovenko.

This makes Carlsen the youngest player ever to pass the magic 2800 points in the rating. The youngest before him was former world champion Vladimir Kramnik. who was then 25, writes the Norway Post.

“It is unbelievable! I can’t find words, says Secretary General of the Norwegian Chess Association,” Dag Danielsen to NRK. He describes Carlsen’s achievement as historic.

Magnus Carlsen defeated former world champion Karpov in a Blitz Tournament in 2004 (when he was 13!) and then Drawing the next day against Kasparov- who was the best player in the world. This Year he has played in the top group A of the Corus chess tournament where he shared first place with Levon Aronian, becoming the youngest person ever to win a category 20 tournament and to have an ELO rating of 2830. Whilst at the Linares he again had a 2000+ rating and finished in sole second place, 1/2 point behind the winner (world champion) Anand. Note that after this tournament ELO rating calculations place him fifth in the world rankings, writes the Nanjing Pearl Spring Chess Tournament in its website.


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