Schachkalender: Who am I? Solution

12/24/2016 – Every year the German "Schachkalender" challenges its readers to a quiz. Under the heading "Who am I?" the "Kalender" gives biographical hints and asks for the name of a well-known chessplayer. This year we offered an English version of the quiz and searched for a player who once had been the number one of his country, had a famous student and was a professional in another sport. A lot of readers took part in the quiz, three won an issue of the ChessBase Magazine. Solution...

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Who am I? Solution

Who am I?

The player we were looking for is the Norwegian GM Simen Agdestein, will celebrate his 50th birthday on May 15, 2017.

Simen Agdestein (Photo: André Schulz)

Simen Agdestein was Norway's number one before Magnus Carlsen surpassed him. Agdestein had discovered Magnus' talent and had trained him as a junior. The Russian trainer mentioned in the quiz who later trained Carlsen, is Garry Kasparov, and Carlsen's manager is Espen Agdestein, Simen's brother. Simen Agdestein was a professional soccer player before a knee injury forced him to quit. In 1989 he preferred to play a chess tournament in Tilburg instead of going to a trial session of the soccer club Besiktas Istanbul. Agdestein is soccer coach of the Norwegian's girls team.

A lot of people found the right answer to the quiz and three of them win a copy of the current issue of the ChessBase Magazine. The three winners will be notified by email.

Topics: Simen Agdestein
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