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Staying sharp

My life changed drastically the fall of last year. I got accepted to Oslo City College - their bachelor's degree in journalism. All of a sudden, going to tournaments had to become rare - so I got a problem: How would I get to play as much chess as I'd like, without it interfering with my school work?

I found an excellent solution: Rapid tournaments. They ususally only last a day, and most of them are held in Oslo, so I can easily spare a Saturday once in a while.

Norway, like many other countries, has a Grand Prix system - Summing up scores from all the tournaments throughout the year, and giving overall prizes. This year I emerged as the winner, by winning all 10 tournaments I participated in!

The prizegiving of the Grand Prix. Aryan Tari (13) was my toughest competitor, but he had to settle for second place. On the right, the Norwegian Federation president, Jøran Jansson. Photo: Bjørn Berg Johansen

My favorite part is showing the youngsters who's the boss. I rarely get any GM (or even IM) opposition, so my main rivals are usually 12-14 years old. But they are not to be underestimated! These guys are the future of Norwegian chess, and my beating them is part of a devious plan, which will pay off in 10-15 years when we play the Norwegian Championship proper. Having been defeated by me a countless amount of times previously, they'll be resigned from the moment we shake hands - or at least that's the idea.

In this game, I managed to get a good, clean win with the black pieces, against Lars Oskar Hauge (born 98).

 The tournaments lets me see some action in-between serious gigs, and it's also a good memory exercise, as I try to write down the moves when I get back home in the evening. That is the reason why I can offer you a variety of tactical problems from this year's Grand Prix season!

I didn't find the right move in this next one, can you? Luckily the move I played was sufficient to win the game anyway!

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  • 22 months ago


    seriously ggghggg, take a joke, he is obviously not serious, wow

  • 22 months ago


    ggghggg, oh my gosh...so there is this cool thing called a sense of humor....please use it occasionally

  • 22 months ago


    It is really sad to see a 2600+ GM mubleing about beating 14 year old kids and sayind that after 15 or 20 years you will have the psihologic advantage...

    My friend you should keep to jurnalism!

  • 23 months ago


    love the problems you post

  • 2 years ago


    I think you should post the games, where you lost against both me and aryan. So the world can see my queen sac against you.

  • 2 years ago


    Jeez, these kids are good! Though I am not sure your suggested move in the second puzzle is right (that is, the way you played it was probably best!) 

  • 2 years ago

    GM SultanOfKings

    After Kg7, I played Qe5+ Qxe5 dxe5, which I was very happy with. I got the d-file opened for the rook, which made the pressure on f7 very serious. If fxe6, then Rd7+ wins back a bishop on b7.

    And of course: No more wondering if he had some stuff with Re8 and Nxg3! 

  • 2 years ago


    Hilarious! Break their spirits when they are kids so that they will be pre-discouraged when you compete with them in their prime. Brilliant! Devious! Pure Hammer!

  • 2 years ago


    Interesting game vs BOY.Very good decision is to play BREYER-elastic defence (it's almost victory- with GM positional understanding).i see -best norvegian players are similar with greate Akiba,and are able to play in very solid and deep style.Good school! ( strange thing - close positions can be very dinamic sometimes...Wink)Good Luck!

  • 2 years ago

    GM SultanOfKings

    @Petrosianic Kg7 was indeed played in that game! I feel like I found an excellent reply, which really clarified the situation - but I doubt it's the only winning way.

    Answer coming tomorrow. 

  • 2 years ago


    @Uncrackable-Yes -i'm playing only bullet (arthritis program)Cry.Just look at my game vs COMPUTER IMPOSSIBLE-4-and You wil see -i'm better than Magnus Wink-time control 2+1 (my arthritis is not so strong). P.S. -Elvest's bullet rating is about 1600...but i think -he is not very bad player.

  • 2 years ago


    Ironic, oslo rapid... oh slow rapid.

  • 2 years ago

    NM Petrosianic

    i like the problems.

    problem #2, there was a problem with the same motif in tactics trainer. it's very nice to see it in practice.  only possible b/c the bishop on c3 covers f6.

    problem #4, interesting, Black's holding on a bit in the end after Kg7?  I thought maybe there is cheapo potential then if retreats the bishop after Rae8 and Nxg3 ideas in the air.

  • 2 years ago


    Nice :D

  • 2 years ago


    Very easy-weak opponentsWink The move ,You can't find vs Urkedal-is also simple (in bullet too)-i fount it per 3 seconds (of course,i  knowed ,that combination IS,but in such positions combination is "like baby's smile")Embarassed.

  • 2 years ago


    nice please do updates like these for your rapid events in Oslo that would be great and instructie to everyone here.

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