Magnus Carlsen: age 15, performance 2700

5/19/2006 – This week the Bosna 2006 tournament was held in Sarajevo, Bosnia, with six players averaging 2659 Elo points. It was won by three players who scored 5.5/10, amongst them a 15-year-old boy, whose performance was very close to the 2700 level. This could well be a record for anyone of his age. Report and games and a correction!

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The Bosna Sarajevo 2006 took place in Sarajevo, Bosnia, from May 7th to 16th, 2006. It was a double round robin with six players, averaging 2659, which made it a category 17 event. Three players finished together in first place, among them 15-year-old Magnus Carlsen with a sterling 2696 performance. Magnus lost none of his games, drawing all and winning one.

Addendum: We have been informed by Odd Gunnar Malin of Vadsø, Norway, that this is not "a record for anyone of his age". Magnus had an even better performance when he still was 14 years old. He even provided proof, oddly enough in form of a chessbase.com article. Other readers reminded us of the memorable "Sack of Rome" result by Sofia Polgar in 1989, when she was 14 and defeated a string of grandmasters. Sofia won the tournament with a score of 8.5/9 and a performance of 2928. We stand corrected.

Here are the results of both Bosna tournaments:

A Tournament

B Tournament


The tournament hall with the games under way


The winner on tiebreak: Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu


Magnus Carlsen, the 15-year-old with a near 2700 performance


Co-winner Vladimir Malakhov


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