Talents in Norway

by André Schulz
5/15/2015 – Thanks to Carlsen chess is big in Norway. And Carlsen's teacher, GM Simen Agdestein, still supports young talents. Together with Olga Dolzhykova he founded the Stormester & Stormester Chess School in Oslo and they really teach. In a blitz-simul at a recent training camp the Grandmaster lost against his student Lykke-Merlot Helliesen - she is just six years old.

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Magnus Carlsen turned Norway into a country of chess enthusisasts. The Norwegian spent hours following chess events on TV, parents are keen to teach their children the rules of the game and they send them to chess schools.

Simen Agdestein and Olga Dolzhykova founded such a chess school. They take care of young talents, offer courses and organise tournaments for kids and juniors. Because they both are grandmasters they called their school Stormester & Stormester (Grandmaster & Grandmaster). Recently they organised a three-day-training-camp for girls.

When playing a blitz simul against his young students GM Simen Agdestein might have realised that some of them are already quite dangerous. Take for example the six-year-old Lykke-Merlot Helliesen: last August she had learnt the rules of the game, but now she knows enough to beat the grandmaster in a blitz-simul.





Teacher and pupil(s)

Photos and video: Stormester & Stormester


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Pictures from the training camp...


André Schulz started working for ChessBase in 1991 and is an editor of ChessBase News.


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