“We are looking at a one-year deal beginning after the World Championships,” said Agdestein whose younger brother and Grandmaster Simen was Carlsen’s first coach. Kasparov never travelled with Carlsen and GM Agdestein once, in 2004, said his manager.
Nielsen helped Carlsen at the candidates’ meet in London earlier this year, which he won to be eligible to challenge Anand, a five-time world champion and undisputed king of chess since 2007. But the Dane stepped aside for this contest, saying having known both players well it wouldn’t be fair of him to help anyone.
“We understand and respect Nielsen’s keeping out of this,” said Carlsen’s manager.Column: Anand could have got winning advantage
GM Agdestein and Norwegian GM-in-waiting Torbjorn Hansen put Carlsen through the ropes from when he was nine to becoming a grandmaster at 13. Carlsen then joined the Norges Toppidretsgymnas (The Norwegian College for Top Athletes) for regular classes under Agdestein but left at 19 when he was No 3 in the world.
That’s when the arrangement with Kasparov happened. Carlsen even has Kasparov’s database of 20 years or so, something he describes as pure gold, according to GM Agdestein. But since 2010, Carlsen has worked alone.
Game 3 ends in a draw, Anand loses advantage after cornering Carlsen's queen
My sympathies are with Carlsen, future belongs to younger generation: Kasparov