Norwegian Championship: Agdestein or Carlsen?

7/13/2006 – Grandmaster Simen Agdestein, also a former national soccer player, won the Norwegian chess championship last year – narrowly ahead of his student and sparring partner Magnus Carlsen. The latter, just 15 years old, has now overtaken Agdestein by 81 rating points. The two will probably settle the title question amongst themselves. Report.

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The Norwegian Championship is being held in Moss, just south of Oslo, from July 8th to 15th 2006. The reigning champion GM Simen Agdestein is facing a stiff challenge from his student and coaching partner GM Magnus Carlsen, with other GMs like Leif Johannessen, Kjetil Lie, Rune Djurhuus and Berge Østenstad in the 22-player 9-round Swiss tournament.

Standings after six rounds

Simen Agdestein 2594  +11 =05 +04 +06 +10 +03 5,5
Magnus Carlsen 2675  +20 =08 +14 =03 +11 +10 5,0
Geir S. Tallaksen 2356  =07 +21 +05 =02 +14 -01 4,0
Rune Djurhuus 2462  +17 +15 -01 -10 +12 +11 4,0
Frode Elsness 2428  +22 =01 -03 -16 +13 +15 3,5
Berge Østenstad 2480  +12 =14 +16 -01 =15 =07 3,5
Trond Gabrielsen 2258  =03 =09 =18 =13 +16 =06 3,5
Leif Erlend Johannessen 2555  =16 =02 -15 +19 =09 +14 3,5
Stig Gabrielsen 2288  =10 =07 -11 +20 =08 +19 3,5
10  Bjarke Sahl 2364  =09 =16 +12 +04 -01 -02 3,0
11  Torstein Bae 2284  -01 +17 +09 +15 -02 -04 3,0
12  Magne Sagafos 2301  -06 +20 -10 +17 -04 +21 3,0
13  Øystein Dannevig 2355  -14 +22 =19 =07 -05 +20 3,0
14  Kjetil A. Lie 2523  +13 =06 -02 +18 -03 -08 2,5
15  Øystein Hole 2346  +19 -04 +08 -11 =06 -05 2,5
16  Jon Ludvig Hammer 2306  =08 =10 -06 +05 -07 =18 2,5
17  Torbjørn Ringdal Hansen 2319  -04 -11 +21 -12 =18 +22 2,5
18  Espen Lie 2357  =21 =19 =07 -14 =17 =16 2,5
19  Ørnulf Stubberud 2202  -15 =18 =13 -08 +22 -09 2,0
20  Kjetil Stokke 2302  -02 -12 +22 -09 =21 -13 1,5
21  Dag Madsen 2290  =18 -03 -17 -22 =20 -12 1,0
22  Jøran Jansson 2300  -05 -13 -20 +21 -19 -17 1,0

Picture gallery


The host city of Moss lies just south of the capital Oslo. It is known for paper mills, metalwork factories, the textile producer Helly-Hansen and the maker of international hotel keycards, Trio Ving.


The tournament is being held in a giant sports hall in Moss. There are a number of parallel events, for Elite, Master, Classes 1-5, Junior, Senior, Cadet, "Lilleputt" and "Miniputt"


The first move in the Norwegian Championship, in the game Carlsen vs Stokke


And the game between Kjetil Stokke and Magnus Carlsen can begin


Last year's Norwegian champion Simen Agdestein (yellow) at the start of a wild
first-round game against Torstein Bae (red)


Boards, pieces and clocks – all you need for a nice chess tournament


Chess at all levels of play and all manners of apparel


Some participants are passionate not just about chess...


Players of all age groups have their own sections


Possibly one of the participants in the "Miniputt" section?!

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