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    Blue Knight Magnus Carlsen's Skill level at 11

    [Event "Gausdal Classics GM"]
    [Site "Gausdal NOR"]
    [Date "2002.04.12"]
    [EventDate "?"]
    [Round "2"]
    [Result "1-0"]
    [White "Vasilios Kotronias"]
    [Black "Magnus Carlsen"]
    [ECO "B62"]
    [WhiteElo "?"]
    [BlackElo "?"]
    [PlyCount "71"]

    1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 Nc6 6.Bg5 e6 7.Qd2
    a6 8.O-O-O h6 9.Nxc6 bxc6 10.Bf4 d5 11.Qe3 Be7 12.Be2 Qa5
    13.exd5 Nxd5 14.Nxd5 cxd5 15.Be5 O-O 16.Kb1 Bd7 17.Qg3 f6
    18.Bf4 Kh7 19.c4 Bc6 20.Bd3+ f5 21.Rhe1 Bf6 22.c5 Qb4 23.Bc1
    Ba4 24.Rd2 Rac8 25.Rxe6 Bg5 26.f4 Qxf4 27.Qxf4 Bxf4 28.Rf2
    Bxc1 29.Rxf5 Rxf5 30.Bxf5+ Kg8 31.Rxa6 Rxc5 32.Rxa4 Bg5 33.b4
    Rc1+ 34.Kb2 Re1 35.Bg6 Re2+ 36.Kc3 1-0

    Here is a game from when Carlsen was just 11 years old!

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    I played my first tournament in years a few months ago and met with this same line from White in both Sicilians. I had never known of it before.

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    A truly incredible player, to only narrowly lose to a GM at that age! He is truly a god, not a human...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Karniforny View Post
    A truly incredible player, to only narrowly lose to a GM at that age! He is truly a god, not a human...
    Lets keep things in perspective. Its just a game, and everyone - including Magnus - can have an off day. To be honest, the next major force as far as young GM's go would be that German kid.

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