Kasparov to Train Carlsen

  • SonofPearl
  • on 9/7/09, 10:19 AM.

When you're already the fourth highest rated chess player in the world, it must be hard to find coaches who can really stretch you...

Magnus Carlsen has solved that problem by the remarkable coup of landing the former world champion, and arguably the greatest player of all time, Garry Kasparov as his trainer.

The chess news website Chessbase has a translation of an exclusive report from the Norwegian newspaper VG which broke the news.

The report states that the pair have already been working together for six months and expect to continue at least for the rest of this year.

The news is confirmed by popular chess blogger (and close Kasparov friend) Mig Greengard at his Daily Dirt blog.

So if your name is Vishy Anand, Veselin Topalov, Vladimir Kramnik, or any other top GM with title aspirations, your world just got a little bit scarier!

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  • 7 years ago


    Now, we see the fruit of the training. Carlsen now is the FIDE #1 chess player.

  • 7 years ago


    i think not all peoples will be a good chess player,.,.,  i hope carlsen will be good as kasparov.,.,.kasparov please teach him a good attitude,,,,,good luck carlsen,,,, your the best

  • 7 years ago


    That's not gonna work

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  • 7 years ago


    i don't necessarily see this as an exciting news yet... mind you, the way kasparov think and play is slightly different from that of magnus and as usual it would take months perhaps even one or two years before the training magnus would receive from kasparov could pay off. A rapid improvement on the part of magnus shouldn't be expected at this stage yet... however we all expect that magnus would oneday claim the number one spot in the world, and that's what kasparov wants out of him...maybe and extension of the kasparov reign...with him in the background making headlines again. 

  • 7 years ago


    should have high expectations for this kid then ... we'll see what happens ... 

  • 7 years ago


    to be honest I think we should all have our eye on Nakamura. He's taken the world somewhat by storm and if anyone stands a good chance of the world championship, its him.

    I'd like to see such a creative chess player be world champion... Carlsen isn't half as creative and unique. The world championship has gone too long with calculating monsters on the throne. Lets see some flair!

  • 7 years ago


    History has a long list of the greatest practitioners whom were utter failures or dismal as a coach/teacher.

    Likewise history is replete with great coaches/teachers whom were never the best performers in the practice of their subject.

    The difference is the ability to inspire, communicate effectively, etc, etc.... these attributes are a very different animal.

  • 7 years ago


    Someone has asked why Carlsen recieves special treatment. He is not only an extremely talented young player, he also has an amazing fighting spirit. Leko was also a young chess prodigy many years ago, but his style was very different than what Kasparov would want to see in a player I guess.

    Look at Carlsen's wins, many times you'll see an almost completely equal looking late-middlegame or endgame position. Where a huge majority of current grandmasters would take/offer a draw, he keeps going on relentlessly and tries to squeeze out the win. There was even an incident reported in a rapid tournament where he has declined Anand's draw offer in a "clearly equal position" and Anand has got upset. I think this kind of attitude towards the game was a major factor in Kasparov's decision to train him.

    If I'm getting this right, they are in contact on and off, and have trained "only" 15 days in the past 6 months. It's obviously not like Kasparov has become Carlsen's "second." What I wonder is how much time will Kasparov invest in Carlsen, and how it will affect his political activities.

    And to WGM Natalia_Pogonina, it really makes me sad to hear such stories. I always believed chess deserves a special place, leaving such non-sense back-stage politics behind. What short-sightedness...

  • 7 years ago


    wat a lucky guy he is!!

  • 7 years ago


    Wonderful news.  Carlsen has, for me, been the most exciting player in the world for a few years now.  As you pointed out, SoP, life at the top has just become a little  bit scarier.

  • 7 years ago


    i heard there's supposed to be a 12gm match between Kasparov an Karpov is that true?

  • 7 years ago


    Carlsen deserves the special treatment because he is young, very good and still has many years of chess ahead of him. 

  • 7 years ago


    I have seen his chessbase training videos and he can express himself and is thus a good teacher. He is an exeptional inndividual. Carlsen will be world champ one day.

  • 7 years ago


    Andelser wrote

    "You may be the best player in the world and a bad trainer. Maradona was the best soccer player in the world and is really bad as a trainer."

    He aint a trainer.. hes a coach.

    And i like Carlsen now! Go kasparov! Make him a world champ.

  • 7 years ago


    Carlsen is destined for great things already. A coach with such extraordinary abilities will no doubt make those 'great things' happen faster. Good luck to both.

  • 7 years ago


    TomMac19 you're right in saying no one has had a higher rating than Kasparov however Lasker actually held the world champinship title for a lot longer (even though he was challeneged less).

  • 7 years ago

    WGM Natalia_Pogonina

    Garry is an awesome player and coach! Too bad I didn't have a chance to work with him - he was willing to train the Russian women team a few years ago. They said he has even personally crossed out one famous player to add me to the list...

    And then there came no approvement from the Russian chess federation - they must have been afraid of dealing with an "an enemy of Putin's regime".

  • 7 years ago


    Garry Kasporav is a great teacher he has alway had a great ability to express himself... not like anand or topolav witch i couldnt never see as realy good teachers but garry he now how to teach and his the best all time

  • 7 years ago


    @ hicetnunc - ah yes, the famous Kasparov laptop with all his opening secrets!  Since he won't be needing them himself any more, it's nice to see that they'll go to a good home! Wink

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