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Thursday, May 8, 2014

Chess Trap: Norway uses Houdini to Force Magnus Carlsen to a Draw!

Hello everyone, chess is happening big time in Norway thanks to World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen's appeal. As always, The Week in Chess was right on top of the live action!

Mark Crowther's report: Magnus Carlsen took on the rest of Norway in a match on the VG website on Thursday 8th May 2014 . The presenter was Mads Andersen. A team of three wise men Simen Agdestein, Jon Ludvig Hammer and Leif Erlend Johannessen suggested moves and Hans Olav Lahlum enforced the rules and was on the sofa. Members of the Norwegian public voted on the moves on the VG website. The event took place in the Oslo City shopping center. 

A "Mystiske Nordmannen" dressed in red made the moves at the board. The audience had to guess who it is. He is "Not good at chess" and had to be prompted some times to play the right moves. It turned out to be skier Oddvar Bra who is extremely famous in Norway. Carlsen was well on top at one stage but each of the helpers could ask for help from Houdini three times during the game by ringing a bell and a counter-attack eventually forced Carlsen to take a draw.

Stormester and Stormester Facebook Page has lots of more photos. You can expect more updates later on World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen's Facebook Page as well. Check out the hash tag #vgsjakk for all the fun.

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  • At May 8, 2014 at 11:33 AM , Anonymous alexis cochran, nz said...

    They're trying to do a Russia in Norway?

  • At May 8, 2014 at 11:38 AM , Anonymous Aks, Chennai said...

    Nice show great for chess too bad such things are not held everywhere

  • At May 8, 2014 at 11:55 AM , Anonymous j l vienna said...

    When is the next vote chess for Carlsen versus World

  • At May 8, 2014 at 12:19 PM , Anonymous Anony Mouse said...

    Who's that guy opposite Carlsen in red? Can he see the board? Can he move the pieces or its a mannequin?

  • At May 8, 2014 at 12:24 PM , Anonymous Kiara, Birmingham said...

    I bet the red guy cannot see the board I thought it was Spiderman until I read the news - Funny dress for chess

  • At May 8, 2014 at 12:36 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    It IS Spiderman

  • At May 8, 2014 at 12:37 PM , Anonymous Anony Mouse said...

    He is "Not good at chess" and had to be prompted some times to play the right moves. --- obviously he had to be prompted because he could not see the board

  • At May 8, 2014 at 12:39 PM , Anonymous Andre Marcel said...

    The guy in red is Viswanathan Anand

  • At May 8, 2014 at 12:53 PM , Anonymous Srinivasan, Hyderabad said...

    He is skier Oddvar Bra - the audience had to guess. Does no one read the report before commenting?

  • At May 8, 2014 at 3:51 PM , Anonymous chris, ny said...

    I like the red body suit. Cool. Psyche your opponent at the next chess tournament guys. I will take one. There is only dress code for women none for men.


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