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Born: 1990-11-30
Profession: Celebrity
Nation: Norwegian
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If you want to get to the top, there's always the risk that it will isolate you from other people.

Tags: Isolate, Risk, Top

Some people think that if their opponent plays a beautiful game, it's okay to lose. I don't. You have to be merciless.

Tags: Beautiful, Game, Lose

Without the element of enjoyment, it is not worth trying to excel at anything.

Tags: Enjoyment, Trying, Worth

Chess only appeals to quite a small minority. It does not have the cachet of a mainstream popular sport.

Tags: Popular, Quite, Small

I don't look at computers as opponents. For me it is much more interesting to beat humans.

Tags: Beat, Computers, Humans

I get more upset at losing at other things than chess. I always get upset when I lose at Monopoly.

Tags: Lose, Losing, Upset

I honestly don't read that much. Obviously I read chess books - in terms of favorites, Kasparov's 'My Great Predecessors' is pretty good.

Tags: Good, Great, Pretty

I spend hours playing chess because I find it so much fun. The day it stops being fun is the day I give up.

Tags: Fun, Give, Playing

I'm not really into rap.

Tags: Rap

It's easy for me to get along with chess players. Even though we are all very different, we have chess in common.

Tags: Common, Easy, Though

It's just not my nature to go around idolizing people.

Tags: Nature

It's nice to be financially secure. Apart from that, I really don't care too much about money.

Tags: Care, Money, Nice

My father, a fine chess player himself, has been a massive influence throughout my life.

Tags: Father, Himself, Life

My former coach, Simen Agdestein, used to be the best player in Norway.

Tags: Best, Player, Used

Once you're a chess player, you spend a lot of time thinking about the game and you can't get it completely out of your head.

Tags: Game, Thinking, Time

People ask what my goal is. I don't have a goal.

Tags: Ask, Goal

Right now I'm really happy with how things are going with my chess career, so I'm not thinking of doing anything else.

Tags: Career, Happy, Thinking

Unfortunately I'm still not a fashion expert.

Tags: Expert, Fashion

I enjoy hiking and skiing, like most Norwegians. In winter, there will be snow for months on end. In the summer, there are the long evenings to enjoy.

Tags: End, Enjoy, Snow

I got the travel bug when I was quite young. My parents took me and my sisters out of school and we travelled all over Europe. It was an eye-opening experience and, although I love Norway, I also enjoy visiting new countries. I don't get homesick.

Tags: Experience, Love, Travel

I started by just sitting by the chessboard exploring things. I didn't even have books at first, and I just played by myself. I learnt a lot from that, and I feel that it is a big reason why I now have a good intuitive understanding of chess.

Tags: Big, Good, Why

I was lucky enough to attend schools where they were understanding about when I needed to go abroad to play chess. Of course, socially it is important to go to school and interact with people your own age.

Tags: Age, Enough, School

I've never been much of a computer guy at least in terms of playing with computers. Actually until I was about 11 I didn't use a computer for preparing for games at all. I was playing a bit online, was using the chess club mainly. Now, obviously, the computer is an important tool for me preparing for my games.

Tags: Computers, Playing, Until
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Maybe if I didn't have the talent in chess I'd find the talent in something else. The only thing I know is that I have talent in chess, and I'm satisfied with that.

Tags: Else, Maybe, Talent

One of the things that first attracted me to chess is that it brings you into contact with intelligent, civilized people - men of the stature of Garry Kasparov, the former world champion, who was my part-time coach.

Tags: Champion, Chess, Men
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