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 […]

Carlsen confident as ‘Magnus’ premieres

Things are looking up for Norwegian chess champ Magnus Carlsen, both at the chess board and on the silver screen. PHOTO: Moskus film/ Nordisk Film Distribusjon AS

Norwegian chess champion Magnus Carlsen was brimming with confidence this week, just before a documentary about his life was premiering in Norway. It’s had good reviews and the other young man set to challenge Carlsen in the next upcoming World Championships has already taken the time to see it. “He came with his whole team,” […]

Coming soon: ‘Magnus,’ the movie

PHOTO: Altibox Norway Chess/Joachim Steinbru

Fresh from victory last week on home turf in the Norway Chess tournament, Magnus Carlsen can now start concentrating on defending his World Championship title this fall – and making his debut as a movie star. The film simply entitled Magnus will have its premiere in Norway on September 2. It already attracted broad interest […]

Chess champ bullish as tournament begins

Magnus Carlsen seemed more fired up and aggressive than nervous as the large Norway Chess tournament got underway in Stavanger on Tuesday. Many of the world’s best chess players are in the western Norwegian city for the tournament that runs through April 30. Carlsen made it clear he was keen to perform much better than he […]

Carlsen calls Karjakin’s withdrawal ‘cynical’

Magnus Carlsen

Norway’s Chess World Champion Magnus Carlsen thinks his challenger for the title made a “cynical” and “unfortunate” choice in opting to drop out of the upcoming Norway Chess tournament. Carlsen himself will be playing in the tournament as part of his preparations for defending his title. “It was absolutely a cynical choice,” Carlsen told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) on […]

Chess player postpones wedding to replace Karjakin

PHOTO: Norway Chess/Dirk Jan ten Guezendam

Li Chao, China’s second-highest-rated chess player and 15th on the live rating list, has accepted an invitation to play in the Norway Chess tournament that starts next week in Stavanger. Li will replace Sergey Karjakin, the Ukrainian-Russia player who announced he was dropping out on Wednsday. Organizers of the major Norwegian tournament in Stavanger were […]

Norway Chess blasts Karjakin’s pull-out

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Organizers of the major Norway Chess tournament in Stavanger later this month are furious with Magnus Carlsen’s challenger Sergey Karjakin and the Russian apparatus around him after it was announced that Karjakin won’t be participating after all. They’re accusing Karjakin of contract violation and called his withdrawal “disrespectful” to the game itself. Karjakin reportedly feels he needs the time he […]

Carlsen keen to take on Karjakin

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Norway’s world champion in chess, Magnus Carlsen, was quick to issue the message on Monday that he’s ready to take on Sergey Karjakin as his challenger for the title this fall. Carlsen gave a “thumbs up” to Karjakin’s selection, and indicated he was already flexing his muscles for a showdown. It will be a meeting of […]

Chess champ made debut as comedian


Magnus Carlsen, Norway’s undisputed chess champion, is taking a bit of a break this spring. While his chess rivals fight for the right to play against him in the next Chess World Championships, Carlsen was relaxing with completely other things in Oslo last week, like going on stage as a stand-up comedian. The setting was […]

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 […]