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Simen Agdestein

Simen Agdestein
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NameSimen Agdestein
Full nameSimen Agdestein
FIDE rating2570 (September 2010)
Peak rating2630 (January 1993)

Simen Agdestein

Personal information
Date of birth15 May 1967(age 49)
Place of birthAsker, Norway
Height1.88 m
Playing positionForward

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Simen Agdestein (born 15 May 1967) is a Norwegian chess grandmaster and ex-football star. He has won seven Norwegian chess championships, including the 2005 title.

The young Agdestein developed a prodigious chess talent, culminating in his becoming Norway's 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, his early achievements were noteworthy; 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 a level in excess of 2600, but he never quite managed to break into the world elite circuit.

In the late 1980s, Agdestein managed to juggle 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 and the difficult times that followed also reflected in his chess, with his rating going into steady decline. In 1999 however, Agdestein resurrected his game and returned to winning ways, topping the popular Cappelle La Grande tournament that year and a very strong Isle of Man tournament in 2003.

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