Meet The New Norwegian Prodigy

  • SonofPearl
  • on 4/2/13, 9:23 AM.


13 year old Norwegian Aryan Tari made a sensational result in the Open Norwegian Championship scoring a GM norm before ever having made any IM norms.

The 13 year old, FIDE rated at 2293 on the March 2013 list, is considered to be maybe the greatest chess talent in the country since Magnus Carlsen. His best result in Youth Championships is 5th in the World Under 12s. Last year he became the youngest ever Norwegian Junior U20 champion, having just turned 13 years of age.


In the Open Norwegian Championship, Aryan was ranked as 23rd, but finished at 7th place with 6 out of 9 points. Along the way the 13 year old, with parents originating from Iran, scored full points against Norwegian #2 GM Jon Ludvig Hammer (2629), National team member IM Frode Urkedal (2470) and Serbian GM Misa Pap (2511).




With the fantastic result, Aryan picked up a whopping 51 points climbing rapidly towards 2400 Elo. Turning 14 in June, Tari is well on his way becoming one of the youngest players to ever achieve the grandmaster title in chess. Magnus Carlsen himself achieved the title at the age of 13 years and 4 months.

Aryan Tari is leading the group of Norwegian chess talents who are selected to be on one of Norway’s three teams in the 2014 Chess Olympiad in Tromsø.


Photo: Bjørn Berg Johansen

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  • 4 years ago


    Even I wouldn't make that blunder in 1st game.

    Maybe a new Carlsen?

  • 4 years ago


    Tari got a huge break in round 2, Pap played Qc1+ ?? instead of Qf3+ which would lead to a draw. I guess the reason of Pap playing Qc1+ is that he thought he could pick up the rook on b2 but simply didn't see the queen. He must have been in time trouble?

    in round 3, Hammer just didn't player like a 2600 player, by move 22 he was already down the exchange. Tari got another big break.

    I thought he was lucky to have scored a GM norm. We'll see when he'll get his 2nd GM norm.

  • 4 years ago


    I do not know if comparing Carlsen to Shirov is a good thing. Anand crushed Shirov in 2000 (remember), something that is unlikely to happen with Magnus.

  • 4 years ago


  • 4 years ago


    well ,hes definatly better than me ,but the first game was just a massive blunder who knows what would of happened if his opponent would't of blundered

  • 4 years ago


    People, even grandmasters blunder from time to time for any number of reasons. PLEASE HOLD YOUR PANTS ON and stop drawing ridiculous conlusions like "cheating" or that you could demolish GM's just because at one point in time you found a better move.

  • 4 years ago


    Pap had simple draw with Qf3+

  • 4 years ago

    CM steinitz_attack

    First game, what a blunder LOL

  • 4 years ago


    If these are the top adversaries, maybe i should consider playing in the next tourney... :D not impressed by those blunders by 2400+ players, of course i wouldnt last long enough to get to that point in the game, but still...

  • 4 years ago


    Stop wasting your childhoods on this bullcrap, kids :/

    I think we have plenty of time to become GMs even without breaking records and wasting our whole childhood on one thing.

  • 4 years ago


    These are some of the most amazing games I've ever seen (in my limited expierience)....just phenomenal..

  • 4 years ago


    >I don't think anyone here is claiming that Aryan Tari is going to be as great as Magnus Carlsen. <

    Let's not go overboard using terms like "great" with Magnus...not yet. He's fixing up as the Joe Namath of chess, and like Joe, he has to deliver the Super Bowl this fall. If he doesn't, he'll fall back in line with players like Shirov (remember him) who were widely hailed at the time as the New Young God, only to slide back down the lists and now playing to avoid working at IKEA. 

  • 4 years ago


    Another Magnus has been resurrected

  • 4 years ago

    WGM Natalia_Pogonina

    Good luck to the kid! I think we need more news of this type & national heroes.

  • 4 years ago


    another immigrant from islamic countries ? , cool

  • 4 years ago


    I don't think anyone here is claiming that Aryan Tari is going to be as great as Magnus Carlsen.  It just happens that he is the new prodigy from Carlsen's country, so some comparisons are inevitable, which is unfortunate since Carlsen set the bar so high.  In the end, it's still a great accomplishment for the lad.

  • 4 years ago


    Nice games,Aryan! Of course-Misas blunder was quite funny :-) Guess this 13year old will be taken more seriously hereafter- no easy match-you GMs !

  • 4 years ago


    Didn't Carlsen tie Kasparov AT 13? 

  • 4 years ago


    Qf3 was the first move I saw in the position after 33 Kh1 in the Pap game. I would have had to analyze the variations to determine that it's a draw, but still. If I can find that move immediately, there is no reason a GM should blunder away his queen instead of making it. With this and the end of the candidates tournament, I am beginning to think high-level chess is more fixed than American Football.

  • 4 years ago



    "Why didn't God award me with a decent brain..."

    Because you were the last one in line Wink

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