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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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