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Saturday, September 24, 2011

New Carlsen biography published: reports in Norwegian media

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Hi everyone,

Here is some exciting chess news from A brand new biography of Magnus Carlsen is out.

"Get me out of this," was how Magnus Carlsen told his father Henrik that he wanted to stop working with Garry Kasparov, after the Corus Chess Tournament in eary 2010. This is written in a new biography about Carlsen which was published last week in Norway and mentioned in all the major Norwegian newspapers.The book is called Smarte trekk. Magnus Carlsen ('Smart move. Magnus Carlsen') and was published on September 16, 2011 by Kagge Forlag. It is the third book about Carlsen, after Simen Agdestein's biography from seven years ago, and Arne Danielsen's biographical chess novel that focuses on Carlsen.

For Smarte trekk, daily newspaper journalist Hallgeir Opedal followed Carlsen for a year, from Oslo to Kristiansund, and on to Berlin, New York, London, Wijk Aan Zee and Monaco. It is a book about money, sponsors, tactics, politics, the ups and downs, and especially working with Garry Kasparov. The reader gets a broad insight into a strange world of chess, genius and madness. according to the back cover of the book. There it's also written that Carlsen liked the idea of a book, but didn't want to be shown as a genius.

'I do not want clichés.' 'Like 'the Mozart of chess?' asked the author, and Carlsen said: 'Yes, things like that.'

All the major Norwegian newspapers were present at the book launch on September 16th and below we'll give an overview of their reports. You can read a compilation of the news report at ChessVibes.

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  • At September 24, 2011 at 1:11 PM , Anonymous Saira Fernandes, Madrid said...

    Damn why is it in Norwegian. Couldn't they have it in English. Damn.

  • At September 25, 2011 at 10:16 AM , Anonymous Sebastian Wolff, NY said...

    Who cares what's between Carlsen and Kasparov as long as we keep getting great chess from them. I was quite thrilled to see Kasparov beat Vachier-Lagrave recently. Of course not because the young player lost but then amazing that Kasparov is still in a stratosphere by himself to be able to beat a young talented top GM of these days. Am already looking forward to see Carlsen play in Sao Paulo. All this talk about what happened between them is more like for publicity I think. In any case it's too personal. They made a nice teacher-pupil. Very contrasting personal styles but it was a relationship I am sure both gained out of - in relation to chess and in relations to personalities. All said and done, Carlsen is a natural heir to the legacy of chess that Kasparov gave us. That's all that matters - the chess legacy.

  • At September 25, 2011 at 12:43 PM , Anonymous Alexis Cochran, New Zealand said...

    Where's the English version? Is it out yet?


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