764,000 followed Carlsen’s championship victory

Fully a fifth of Norway’s population stayed up well past midnight on Wednesday to watch their Norwegian chess hero win his third World Chess Championship in a row. Ratings numbers released for Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK’s) live coverage alone showed that a total of 764,000 viewers watched the championship action from start to finish. “That’s a […]

Champion Carlsen thanks his father

A tired but relieved Magnus Carlsen, being interviewed live on Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) just minutes after winning his third World Chess Championship in New York on Wednesday, which also was his 26th birthday. PHOTO: NRK screen grab/newsinenglish.no

There were lots of people and organizations that Norwegian chess superstar Magnus Carlsen needed and wanted to thank after becoming World Chess Champion for the third time in a row on Wednesday night. His most touching tribute, though, went to his father Henrik, a mild-mannered engineer who recognized his son’s talent at an early age and has stayed by […]

Chess championship goes into overtime

Chess stars Magnus Carlsen of Norway and Sergey Karjakin of Russia defied all the expert commentators’ expectations once again on Monday, by not engaging in another marathon game. Instead of the long night predicted, they quickly reached remis (a draw) in the 12th game, and that means they’ll have to undertake a series of tie-breakers […]

Chess fever rolls over Norway

The 11th game at the World Chess Championship on Saturday attracted around 150,000 viewers in Norway, even in the middle of the night and even though it ended in another draw. Chess is more popular than ever before. PHOTO: FIDE World Chess Championship 2016

More than 150,000 Norwegians sat up in the middle of the night over the weekend to watch the 11th game of the World Chess Championship on state broadcaster NRK. As Norway’s own Magnus Carlsen battled to retain his World Champion title, the popularity of his game has reached fever-pitch. NRK released ratings figures on Monday […]

Carlsen finally smiling again

Norwegian chess champ Magnus Carlsen was grinning from ear to ear after finally winning his first game at the World Chess Championship in New York. PHOTO: Max Avdeev for World Chess by Agon Limited

Some of his followers said they’d never seen Norwegian chess champ Magnus Carlsen so happy. “I am really exhausted but I’m frightfully relieved and frightfully glad,” Carlsen told Norwegian reporters, using the Norwegian word “fryktelig” after finally winning his first game at the World Chess Championship in New York. Carlsen had all but frightened his fans, his […]

Carlsen can win on chess drama

Norway's chess star Magnus Carlsen was actually spotted smiling by tournament organizers as he headed into Game 9 on Wednesday with his long-time second, Peter Heine Nielsen of Denmark. PHOTO: Max Avdeev for World Chess by Agon Limited

As Norwegian chess commentators worried this week about “what’s wrong” with chess star Magnus Carlsen, others contend he’s doing just fine. He may be playing with fire, as he seems to under-perform at the World Chess Championship in New York, but a Dutch chess expert finds no cause for concern. “I think you can rely […]

Carlsen branded as a ‘bad loser’

PHOTO: World Chess Championships 2016

Norway’s reigning chess champion, threatened with losing his crown after a shocking loss in New York Monday night, was being roundly blasted as a “bad loser” on Tuesday morning. After storming out of the obligatory press conference that follows all matches at the World Chess Championships, Carlsen now faces a hefty fine and, worse, a loss of […]

Carlsen endures the media glare

Magnus Carlsen is not always comfortable having to answer many questions, and was disappointed after another game ended in a draw at the World Chess Championships in New York. PHOTO: Ilya Ivanov/World Chess for Agon Limited

He’s used to it by now, but Magnus Carlsen still doesn’t seem to thrive in the media spotlight. As Norway’s celebrated chess champ took a break on Wednesday from defending his title in New York, he could also enjoy a reprieve from the constant picture-taking, press grillings and performing in the proverbial fishbowl. After four games played since the World […]

Chess champ full of self-confidence

Chess champ Magnus Carlsen of Norway was full of confidence as he started a 19-day  marathon aimed at defending his World Championship title. PHOTO: FIDE World Chess Championship Match 2016

Norway’s World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen was brimming with confidence as he headed into his third FIDE World Chess Championship Match to defend his title on Friday. This time the marathon tournament is taking place in New York, and will run for the rest of the month. Asked at a press conference on Thursday who […]

Norway delivers best Chess Olympics ever

Norway’s fifth place overall gave the country’s men’s national chess team its best performance in an international Chess Olympics ever. The Norwegian team’s standing also delivered an unexpected boost to chess star Magnus Carlsen as he heads into his own World Championship play later this fall. Norway ended up fifth after a 2-2 tie against India in […]