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Simen Agdestein

Simen Agdestein Norwegian chess player, chess coach and football player

Norwegian chess player, chess coach and football player
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Intro Norwegian chess player, chess coach and football player
Is Athlete Football player Association football player Chess player
From Norway
Type Sports
Gender male
Birth 15 May 1967, Asker, Norway
Age: 52 years
Star sign TaurusTaurus
Siblings: Espen Agdestein
Spouse: Marianne Aasen
Height: 188 cm
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Simen Agdestein (born 15 May 1967) is a Norwegian chess grandmaster, chess coach, author, and former professional footballer as a striker with the Norway national football team.

Agdestein won seven Norwegian chess championships, including the 2005 title. He is also the former coach of Magnus Carlsen, and brother of Carlsen's manager, Espen Agdestein. He has authored and co-authored several books on chess, including a biography of Carlsen.

Chess career

Agdestein became Norwegian national champion at the age of 15, an International Master at 16 and a grandmaster at 18.

On a local level, his regular dominance of the Nordic and Norwegian Chess Championships during the 1980s amply demonstrated that there were few players who could resist his enterprising and inventive style. In international competition, he finished second at the 1986 World Junior Championship behind Walter Arencibia but ahead of Evgeny Bareev, Viswanathan Anand and Jeroen Piket. A little later, his Elo rating rose to over 2600.

In the late 1980s, Agdestein combined top-flight chess with a full-time football career, representing his country at both. In the early 1990s, a knee injury cut short his football activities. In 1999, Agdestein returned to winning ways, topping the Cappelle la Grande tournament that year and the Isle of Man tournament in 2003. Agdestein scored two tournament victories in 2013, when he won the Open Sant Martí in Barcelona with 8½ points out of 9 possible, with a rating performance of 2901, and the Oslo Chess International-Håvard Vederhus' Memorial with 7 points out of 9.

Agdestein has represented his country seven times at the Chess Olympiad, mostly playing first board and winning an individual (board 4) gold medal at his first appearance in 1982.

As a player of the white pieces, he shows a preference for the queen pawn openings, while with Black, favours the Ruy Lopez, Dutch Defence and Semi-Open Games.

Agdestein works at the sports academy Norges Toppidrettsgymnas, where he teaches chess and soccer. He has been a chess coach to many young talents, including current world champion Magnus Carlsen.

His handle on the Internet Chess Club (ICC) is "Gruk".

Football career

Club performance League Cup Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Norway League Norwegian Cup Total
1984 Lyn Oslo 2 0 - 2 0
1985 4 1 - 4 1
1986 4 1 - 4 1
1987 19 8 - 19 8
1988 17 13 1 0 18 13
1989 17 5 - 17 5
1990 17 8 3 0 20 8
1991 Premier League 2 0 - 2 0
1992 10 1 2 6 12 7
Total Norway 92 37 6 6 98 43
Career total 92 37 6 6 98 43

Personal life

He was born in Oslo as a son of civil engineer Reidar Frank Agdestein (1927–2002) and secretary Unni Jørgensen (1934–). He is a maternal grandson of runner and botanist Reidar Jørgensen. In 1995, he was awarded a master's degree from the Department of Political Science at the University of Oslo. In October 1996 he married Marianne Aasen, a later Member of Parliament. The couple had three children, but separated in 2008. Currently, Simen Agdestein works at Valler Upper Secondary School.

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