The World Champion Magnus Carlsen played a promotional match against Norwegian chess fans today in Oslo. Carlsen, with the black pieces, was held to a draw by “Team Norway” in a Sicilian game.
The game was organized by the Norwegian newspaper VG. Three grandmasters were helping the Norwegian fans – Jon Ludvig Hammer, Simen Agdestein and Leif Erlend Johannesen. Carlsen had 1 min/move, 5 min/move were available to the Norwegian fans to vote for three suggestions given by the Grandmasters. Carlsen was playing with additional handicap, as the GMs were given the right to look three times during the game at Houdini analysis.
All help by the GMs and Houdini was not enough for Norway to defeat the World Champion. The only time when Carlsen was in trouble was when he used his mobile phone during the game. Luckily for him there were no forfeit rules for using a mobile in this friendly game.
Carlsen – Anand 2014 pdf and pgn magazine
This game, as well as any game that Carlsen or Anand have played and will play in the period March 1st 2014 until December 1st 2014, which is the end of the FIDE World Chess Championship 2014, will be with GM commentary in the Chess Insider Carlsen – Anand 2014.