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Agdestein, Simen

Simen Agdestein, born May 15, 1967, was Norway’s first Grandmaster (1985) who shared first place (with Walter Arencibea) in the World Junior Champion in 1986.  He became an International Master in 1983 at the age of 16.  He became the youngest grandmaster in the world at age 18 when he won the title.  He has won the Norwegian championship four times, the first time as a 15-year-old in 1982.  He has also represented Norway on their professional soccer (football) team, but had to give it up due to injuries (torn ligament in his knee).  He is currently a teacher at the Norwegian Sports Gymnasium, teaching soccer and chess.  He is also a chess columnist for a Norwegian newspaper.  His highest rating has been 2716, ranked #12 in the world.  He was the trainer for Magnus Carlsen. 

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