Reports | February 04, 2007 20:35

[lang_nl]Carlsen klaar voor Monaco[/lang_nl][lang_en]Carlsen ready for Monaco[/lang_en]

[lang_nl]Magnus Carlsen lijkt klaar voor Monaco. In maart vindt daar weer het jaarlijkse rapid- en blindschaaktoernooi Melody Amber plaats, en dit weekend werd voor Magnus ter voorbereiding een Scandinavische vierkamp blindschaak gespeeld, op het eiland Funen in Denemarken. Zijn medespelers waren de GM's Peter Heine Nielsen en Emanuel Berg en de sterke IM Steffen Pedersen. Carlsen won het minitoernooi door in de finale zijn eigen secondant Heine Nielsen te verslaan.[/lang_nl][lang_en]Magnus Carlsen seems ready for Monaco. In March the yearly rapid and blindfold tournament Melody Amber will take place there, and this weekend a Scandinavian group of four played a blindfold tournament as a preparation for Magnus, on the island of Funen, Denmark. His co-participants were the GM's Peter Heine Nielsen and Emanuel Berg and the strong IM Steffen Pedersen. Carlsen won the mini tournament by beating his own second Heine Nielsen in the final.[/lang_en]

[lang_nl]Het toernooi om de Faaborg Midt Cup werd gespeeld in het prachtige kasteel Hvedholm, vlakbij het stadje F?ɬ•borg op het eiland Funen. Na Seeland is Funen het grootste eiland van Denemarken en wordt ook wel de Tuin van Denemarken genoemd. Onder anderen Hans Christan Andersen is op Funen geboren.

Kasteel Hvedholm werd in de vijftiende eeuw gebouwd. Het was tot 1919 het priv?ɬ©bezit van verschillende families maar vanwege enorme belastingen die dat jaar werden opgelegd door de Deense overheid zagen de eigenaren zich genoodzaakt het kasteel te verkopen. Nu doet het kasteel dienst als hotel.

Vrijdag en zaterdag werd eerste een dubbelroundige vierkamp gespeeld. Helaas waren de nodige gigablunders niet van de lucht, zoals altijd eigenlijk bij blindschaak. Maar toch waren er wel een paar interessante partijen te bewonderen.


Carlsen-Heine Nielsen (foto: Svend Novrup)


Berg-Pedersen (foto: Svend Novrup)

Vandaag werden de finales om de 1e en 3e plaats afgewerkt. Emanuel Berg versloeg Steffen Pedersen met 1,5-0,5 en de finale werd gewonnen door Carlsen, die tweemaal Peter Heine Nielsen versloeg. In de eerste partij had Heine Nielsen ergens een stuk weggegeven en ook in de tweede was hij de mindere qua rekenkracht:

>> download alle 16 partijen in PGN[/lang_nl][lang_en]The Faaborg Midt Cup tournament was played in the beautiful castle Hvedholm, closeby F?ɬ•borg on the island Funen. After Seeland, Funen is the biggest island of Denmark and it's also called the Garden of Denmark. Hans Christan Andersen is one of the more famous Danish born on Funen.

The Hvedholm Castle was built in the 15th centrury. Till 1919 it was private property of different families but because of huge taxes that were put up that year by the government, the owners had to sell it. Now it functions as a hotel.

Friday and Saturday a double round-robin was played. Unfortunately there were the obligatory huge blunders here and there, as always with blindfold chess, but there were also some interesting games to watch.


Carlsen-Heine Nielsen (photo: Svend Novrup)


Berg-Pedersen (photo: Svend Novrup)

Today the finals for the 1st and 3rd place were played. Emanuel Berg beat Steffen Pedersen 1,5-0,5 and the final was won by Carlsen, who defeated Peter Heine Nielsen twice. In the first game Heine Nielsen had blundered a piece somewhere and also in the second one he was the weaker of the two when it came to calculation:

>> download al 16 games in PGN[/lang_en]

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Nas's picture

35 moves blind!! Those guys could most probably play blind against me and still win!!!!

Vidar's picture

This boy is a supertalent, no doubt about that! He is a man for the future, he was a bit unlucky in the Corus tournament, but he is only 16 yet, and I'm sure he will be a top 10 player soon!

Neffi's picture

Top 10 he will be, but I think it's atleast a couple of years away.

Guillermo's picture

Awesome Carlsen! he?Ǭ¥s not just a genious, he?Ǭ¥s a gorgeous boy ^^ and he?Ǭ¥s coming to my city!!! in the linares morelia tournament!

Tom Chivers's picture

You should try playing blindfold Nas - it's actually not very hard to do, I find. I don't think my (admittedly severely sub-Carlsen) standard drops much with a blindfold on.

Marin's picture

Agreed. Blindfold chess is not that hard to do if you have the capacity to visualize the position. Of course the problem is that you must know the board by heart (especially important is which square is which color).

Ron's picture

Of course Carlsen will beat youb blindfolded, Nas. lets face it: he will beat us al in a blind simul a piece down!

Ugur's picture

They stare at laptops just to concentrate and enter their moves and wait to see opponent's moves in algebraic notation..Laptop may have only an empty board if there is any at all.

DavidB's picture

Staring at laptops... I guess they use it to enter & record the moves. But it does not look like they are playing blindly, they might as well we playing via ICC. Why not blindfold the players, or let them stare at an empty wall...

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