Carlsen regrets being ‘an idiot’

Magnus Carlsen

His smiles earlier in the week turned to fury, but now a duly regretful Magnus Carlsen admits he acted like “an idiot.” He told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) that he understands how his angry reaction to losing one of his three chess world championship titles on Wednesday evening “looked stupid.” Carlsen, usually a master of cool in addition to […]

Carlsen still the champ of chess


Norwegian chess ace Magnus Carlsen successfully defended his title as the world champion of rapid chess in the latest tournament that began in Berlin over the weekend. He already reigns as the World Champion of classic chess and now will also seek to defend his title as the champ of blitz chess as well. That part […]

Frustrated Carlsen logged shocking loss

Norwegian chess champion Magnus Carlsen was clearly feeling like anything but a champion on Thursday, after losing yet another, and final, match at the Norway Chess tournament in Stavanger. He was so frustrated that he pushed away a reporter’s microphone from Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK). The incident occurred after he lost a match to fellow Norwegian […]

Carlsen tried for a comeback

Magnus Carlsen

UPDATED: After getting off to a terrible start at the Norway Chess tournament in Stavanger, Magnus Carlsen was breathing a bit easier on Tuesday. He even smiled after logging his first victory over the weekend, but the tournament has turned into a major disappointment for the Norwegian two-time world champion and is hurting his top ranking. Carlsen […]

Magnus Carlsen suffers a setback

Magnus Carlsen

UPDATED: Norway’s chess champion Magnus Carlsen arrived at the major Norwegian tournament Norway Chess in Stavanger brimming with confidence, with media headlines bellowing that he was in “great form” and “better than ever.” He ended up losing his first match, though, over an “embarrassing” ignorance of some rules, and on Wednesday, he lost again. The shocking defeats […]

Confident Carlsen promotes chess


Fresh from another victorious tournament, and flush with success from his efforts to promote chess, Norwegian champion Magnus Carlsen was making headlines in Oslo before flying off to New York over the weekend. Carlsen was full of confidence, to the point that he admonished his adversaries. “Sometimes I think ‘now you guys need to sharpen up!”” Carlsen […]

Norway challenged its chess champ

The president of the Norwegian Parliament, Olemic Thommessen, was among those challenging Magnus Carlsen back home in Norway Sunday night. PHOTO: NRK

Magnus Carlsen spent his 24th birthday on Sunday playing chess against what state broadcaster NRK billed as “the Norwegian people.” Fresh from defending his world championship title in Sochi last week, Carlsen played eight chess games simultaneously on live nationwide TV, at least indirectly promoting his chess app at the same time. One of the teams consisted of […]

Putin hailed Norway’s champ

Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated Chess World Champion Magnus Carlsen on Tuesday, as challenger Vishy Anand looked on at left. PHOTO: NTB Scanpix/Berit Roald

UPDATED: Russian President Vladimir Putin took time on Tuesday to not only congratulate the Chess World Champion, Magnus Carlsen of Norway, but also invite him to a tea party along with his challenger Vishy Anand of India. Carlsen’s meeting with the controversial Russian leader, however, couldn’t escape political overtones. Carlsen had resisted committing to play the championship tournament […]

‘King Carlsen’ secures his title

Magnus Carlsen of Norway was all smiles after successfully defending his title on Sunday as Chess World Champion. PHOTO: NTB Scanpix/Berit Roald

Norwegian Chess World Champion Magnus Carlsen has managed to remain exactly that. After 11 matches at the World Chess Championships in Sochi, Russia, Carlsen won Sunday’s game against challenger Vishy Anand, and acquired the full point needed to retain his title. “I’m happy and relieved,” Carlsen said with a smile when it was all finally […]

Carlsen still ahead after new remis in Sochi

Friday’s match in the Chess World Championships ended in yet another remis (tie), leaving defending champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway relieved. Carlsen admitted he felt like he was under pressure during the latest battle with challenger Vishy Anand in Sochi, Russia. “It was exciting, perhaps more exciting than I had hoped,” Carlsen told Norwegian Broadcasting […]