13-year-old Magnus Carlsen proved once again that he is a player in the world class when he took third place in the Sigeman tournament this weekend.
The worlds youngest grand master has lately preformed on a level of chess super stars. After obtaining 5.5 of 9 possible points at Sigeman, Carlsen has now unofficially made it into the exclusive group of the top 200 players in the world.
Only ten players were invited to play in the Sigeman tournament which took place in both Malmö and Copenhagen. Four of the participants are among the top 100 players in the world. But that did, as usual, not intimidate Magnus Carlsen.
After a little slow start, he concluded wonderfully by winning three of four games. He ended on third place behind the Danes Curt Hansen and Peter Heine Nielsen.
During the tournament, the 13-year-old from Lommedalen in Bærum won over Danish Heine Nielsen (number 67 in the world) and Swedish Evgenij Agrest (number 109).
Sigeman tournament, which ended Sunday afternoon, is know to be tough and carries a lot of prestige. The tournament was therefore a type of baptism by fire for the worlds youngest grand master. He achieved the best Norwegian result in years.
The young man can now take some time to relax before he is off to the finale in Norwegian championship team playing in Trondheim May 19 to 23. Magnus is here playing on team with his master and grand master colleague Simen Agdestein.
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