Simen Agdestein

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Simen Agdestein
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Full nameSimen Agdestein
Country Norway
Born (1967-05-15) 15 May 1967 (age 51)
Asker, Norway
Title Grandmaster (1985)
FIDE rating 2576 (February 2019)
Peak rating 2637 (July 2014)
Association football career
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
1984–1992 Lyn [1] 92 (37)
National team
1988–1989 Norway 8 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Simen Agdestein (born 15 May 1967) is a Norwegian chess grandmaster, chess coach, author, and former professional footballer as a striker with the Norway national football team.

Norway constitutional monarchy in Northern Europe

Norway, officially the Kingdom of Norway, is a Nordic country in Northwestern Europe whose territory comprises the western and northernmost portion of the Scandinavian Peninsula; the remote island of Jan Mayen and the archipelago of Svalbard are also part of the Kingdom of Norway. The Antarctic Peter I Island and the sub-Antarctic Bouvet Island are dependent territories and thus not considered part of the kingdom. Norway also lays claim to a section of Antarctica known as Queen Maud Land.

Chess Strategy board game

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Association football team field sport

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Agdestein won seven Norwegian chess championships, including the 2005 title. He is also the former coach of Magnus Carlsen, and brother of Carlsen's manager, Espen Agdestein. He has authored and co-authored several books on chess, including a biography of Carlsen.

Magnus Carlsen Norwegian chess player

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Espen Agdestein Norwegian chess player

Espen Agdestein is the manager of current Chess World Champion Magnus Carlsen. He is the brother of chess grandmaster and former coach of Magnus Carlsen, Simen Agdestein, and is himself a FIDE master, with a FIDE ranking of 2372.

Chess career

Agdestein became Norwegian national champion at the age of 15, an International Master at 16 and a grandmaster at 18.

On a local level, his regular dominance of the Nordic and Norwegian Chess Championships during the 1980s amply demonstrated that there were few players who could resist his enterprising and inventive style. In international competition, he finished second at the 1986 World Junior Championship behind Walter Arencibia but ahead of Evgeny Bareev, Viswanathan Anand and Jeroen Piket. A little later, his Elo rating rose to over 2600.

The first Nordic Chess Championship took place in Stockholm in 1897.

The Norwegian Chess Championship is an annual tournament held in Norway during the month of July, in order to determine the national chess champion. The tournament is held at different venues each year as part of the Landsturnering. Clubs may bid for this tournament, which is awarded by the Norwegian Chess Federation.

World Junior Chess Championship

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In the late 1980s, Agdestein combined top-flight chess with a full-time football career, representing his country at both. [2] In the early 1990s, a knee injury cut short his football activities. In 1999, Agdestein returned to winning ways, topping the Cappelle la Grande tournament that year and the Isle of Man tournament in 2003. [3] Agdestein scored two tournament victories in 2013, when he won the Open Sant Martí in Barcelona with 8½ points out of 9 possible, with a rating performance of 2901, [4] and the Oslo Chess International-Håvard Vederhus' Memorial with 7 points out of 9. [5]

Isle of Man British Crown dependency

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Barcelona City and municipality in Catalonia, Spain

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Agdestein has represented his country seven times at the Chess Olympiad, mostly playing first board and winning an individual (board 4) gold medal at his first appearance in 1982. [6]

Chess Olympiad biennial chess tournament

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The 25th Chess Olympiad, organized by FIDE and comprising an open and a women's tournament, as well as several other events designed to promote the game of chess, took place between October 29 and November 16, 1982, in Lucerne, Switzerland.

As a player of the white pieces, he shows a preference for the queen pawn openings, while with Black, favours the Ruy Lopez, Dutch Defence and Semi-Open Games.

Agdestein works at the sports academy Norges Toppidrettsgymnas, where he teaches chess and soccer. He has been a chess coach to many young talents, including current world champion Magnus Carlsen.

His handle on the Internet Chess Club (ICC) is "Gruk".

Football career

Club performanceLeagueCupTotal
NorwayLeague Norwegian Cup Total
1984 Lyn Oslo [7] 20-20
1991 Premier League 20-20
1992 10126127
Career total9237669843

Personal life

He was born in Oslo as a son of civil engineer Reidar Frank Agdestein (1927–2002) and secretary Unni Jørgensen (1934–). [8] He is a maternal grandson of runner and botanist Reidar Jørgensen. [9] In 1995, he was awarded a master's degree from the Department of Political Science at the University of Oslo. [10] In October 1996 he married Marianne Aasen, a later Member of Parliament. [8] The couple had three children, but separated in 2008. [11] Currently, Simen Agdestein works at Valler Upper Secondary School.[ citation needed ]


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