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Other accounts on the internet which are me

  • "sjakkalle" on Yahoo! Games
  • "Sjakkalle" on ICC

Hi, I am Sjakkalle, see the section at the bottom of this page for the explanation of the username. I am from Bergen but I have lived in Haugesund since 2011. I am 34. My educational background is as an applied mathematician. In August 2010. I earned a PhD for my work with the lattice Boltzmann methods (LBM) applied to problems concerning surface tension and wettability. Although LBM is my "real life" area of expertise, I have only made a few edits on that topic, and I have focussed my article writing on other topics I am interested in. I did initiate the Lattice gas automaton article, which was the predecessor to LBM. An additional course taken 2015-16 has qualified me to become a certified teacher.

While my main career is as a scientist, I am for the school year 2016-17 on leave from that job and instead working as a high school math teacher.

In June 2005 I was made an administrator, but I resigned them in November 2006 due to lack of time. I had admin access restored in April 2008, but I don't intend to be all that active with them. But if you need help with something which needs the admin tools, feel free to ask!

On deletion issues and policy, I consider myself a moderate, and a member of "AWWDMBJAWGCAWAIFDSPBATDMTD". I favor having guidelines on what kind of topics should be included, but oppose applying those guidelines inflexibly. I am a firm believer that the decisions should be made by the community, and view the role of the closing administrator as a steward more than as a judge. It happens that a local consensus (aka "vote count") is at direct odds with policy, and those AFDs must be closed accordingly, I feel those situations are rarer than what one may think. When it does happen the close needs to be explained very carefully.

Other accounts on related projects[edit]

Editing my contributions[edit]

Actually, I love it when someone starts editing articles that I have created. It is enjoyable to see that someone is so interested in what I write that they want to make contributions to it. Go ahead, edit away! (But do not vandalize.)


  • Chess I have a fair amount of books on the subject. I find the theory of the game fascinating, and practical play exciting.
  • Transportation My main focus here is on rail and air transport. I am not so much into cars and roads.
  • Politics I have made sporadic improvements to the coverage of politics in Norway. I have no political affiliation, but I have voted in all elections in which I was eligible (2001 to present (2011)). I am generally centrist on most issues, and in all but one election I have supported the Liberal Party (V), except in 2009 when I voted for Christian Democratic Party (KrF), that year I had become unhappy with the Liberal Party's incessant pledges on who they didn't want to work with.
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I award you for massive contributions to chess related articles NovaSkola (talk) 01:07, 17 July 2011 (UTC)

Tireless Contributor Barnstar.gif The Tireless Contributor Barnstar
For superb service above and beyond the call of duty, Sjakkalle deserves a million barnstars! He is a leading light of the community, unsurpassed in wisdom and judgment: He may just be Wikipedia's only indispensable man. Xoloz 21:11, 30 November 2006 (UTC)
With your fanstastic work of voting and closing AFDs, TFDs, the efficiency of fighting vandals and reverting pages within minutes, I award you the Working Man's Barnstar. --Terence Ong 13:17, 1 June 2006 (UTC)

The original barnstar, because sequels and spinoffs are usually terrible, goes to Sjakkale for always being friendly, and a pleasure to get along with. Redwolf24 (talk) 09:53, 11 November 2005 (UTC)
Awarded to Sjakkalle for combat in valor against Willy.
Finally, a punishment worthy of your sins! Revert this vandalism, close that AfD debate, revert that vandalism, close this AfD debate- sound familiar? For your grievous sins, especially in closing AfD debate after AfD debate, and reverting various vandals, I sentence you to bear a Working Man's Barnstar. Repent, ye sinner!--Scimitar parley 16:56, 3 October 2005 (UTC)
I award you this barnstar for your tireless work on vandalism. - iGod 14:41, 3 January 2006 (UTC)

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Est omnino difficile iudicare inclusionis meritum cuiusdam rei in encyclopædia cum ratio sciendi quid populi referat incerta sit, sed nihilominus aliquid encyclopædiam dedecet

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This motto reflects the desire of these Wikipedians to be reluctant, but not entirely unwilling, to remove articles from Wikipedia.


I am a somewhat active chess player with a Norwegian Elo rating (unofficially) at 1680, middle-of-the-range for tournament players. My FIDE rating is 1876. I have stopped counting the losses against titled players since it is getting depressingly high. I have scored one draw against an FM, and one win against a WFM.

In the summer of 2012, I thought I was a strong player and had the audacity to enter an international tournament in Riga. My international career started like this:

White: IM Boris Maryasin

Black: Sjakkalle

Event: Riga TU Open 2012

Opening: Alekhine's Defense

1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.Nc3 Nxc3 4.bxc3 d6 5.f4 dxe5 6.fxe5 e6 7.Nf3 Be7 8.d4 c5 9.Bd3 0-0 10.0-0 b6?? 11.Be4, Black resigns

Back in 2010, I made this edit about how faulty thought processes lead to blunders, so I really ought to know better. Apparently I didn't.

A chain to defeat Magnus Carlsen[edit]

Although I am an amateur player, I have the vanity to prove that there exists a chain of games in which I have defeated the World Champion Magnus Carlsen.

Step 1[edit]

All games are given in algebraic notation and are viewable online Chessbase database (the last link, Carlsen-Anand is here). It starts back in 2003 when I met a promising player by the name of Øyvind Riisem in the Bergen Summer Grand Prix.

White: Sjakkalle

Black: Øyvind Riisem

Event: Round 4 of the Bergen Summer Grand Prix, group B

Opening: King's Indian Defense

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.f3 0-0 6.Nge2 Na6 7.Be3 c5 8.dxc5 Nxc5 9.Nd4 Bd7 10.Qd2 Re8 11.Be2 Rc8 12.g4 Bc6 13.g5 Nfd7 14.b4 Ne6 15.b5 Bxb5 16.Ndxb5 Qa5 17.Rc1 Ne5 18.Nd5 Qa6 19.0-0 b6 20.f4 Nd7 21.f5 Nec5 22.Nbc7 Black resigns [1]

Step 2[edit]

Move ahead four years, and Riisem has grown stronger, defeating the strong master player Lars Breivik.

White: Lars Breivik

Black: Øyvind Riisem

Event: Norwegian Open Championship, 2005

Opening: Slav Defense

1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.e3 c6 4.c4 a6 5.Bd3 Bg4 6.Qb3 Bxf3 7.gxf3 Qc7 8.Nc3 e6 9.Bd2 dxc4 10.Bxc4 c5 11.dxc5 Bxc5 12.Rc1 Nc6 13.Be2 Rd8 14.Ne4 Nxe4 15.fxe4 Bd6 16.h4 Rd7 17.h5 h6 18.a3 0-0 19.Bg4 Rfd8 20.Bc3 Be5 21.f4 Na5 22.Qa4 Bxc3+ 23.Rxc3 Qb6 24.Rh2 Kh7 25.Qc2 Nc4 26.e5+ Kh8 27.Rxc4 Qxe3+ 28.Kf1 Rd4 29.Rf2 Qg3 30.Qc3 Rd3 31.Rc8 Qxg4 32.Qxd3 Rxc8 33.Qf3 Rc1+ 34.Ke2 Qg1 35.Qd3 Qe1+ 36.Kf3 Qh1+ 37.Ke3 Re1+ 38.Kd4 Qd5+ 39.Kc3 Qc5+ 40.Kb3 Re3 White resigns [2]

Step 3[edit]

A handfull of Norwegian players can boast about defeating the World Champion Magnus Carlsen in his early days, and Breivik is among them. (Carlsen was not a GM when this was played, but it is the top class of the Norwegian Chess Championship).

White: Magnus Carlsen

Black: Lars Breivik

Event: Norwegian Chess Championship, 2001

Opening: French Defense, Steinitz Variation

1.e4 Nf6 2.Nc3 d5 3.e5 Nfd7 4.d4 c5 5.f4 cxd4 6.Nb5 Nc6 7.Nf3 e6 8.Nbxd4 Be7 9.Be2 0-0 10.0-0 Nc5 11.Be3 Bd7 12.c3 a5 13.c4 dxc4 14.Bxc4 a4 15.a3 Na5 16.Be2 Nab3 17.Rb1 Qc7 18.Nxb3 Nxb3 19.Bd3 Rfd8 20.Qe2 Bc6 21.Rbd1 Rd7 22.Qf2 Rad8 23.Bb6 Qxb6 24.Qxb6 Bc5+ 25.Qxc5 Nxc5 26.Be2 Rxd1 27.Rxd1 Rxd1+ 28.Bxd1 Nd3 29.b3 axb3 30.Bxb3 Bxf3 31.gxf3 Nxf4 32.Bc4 Ng6 33.Kf2 Nxe5 34.Bb5 Kf8 35.a4 b6 36.Ke3 Ke7 37.Ke4 Kd6 38.f4 f5+ White resigns [3]

And so, Carlsen is defeated.

Going with rated games, this is the shortest path I have to Carlsen that I'm aware of (I have defeated a Carlsen-slayer if we can count rapid games), and I fully realize that beating Carlsen is a next-to-impossible impossible task for a player of my "strength". When I did meet Carlsen in a simultaneous exhibition in 2004, I held on for 38 moves before succumbing. Yet knowing that players sometimes pull off upsets is a heartening thing to know when you sit down against someone a few rungs above you.

Articles Created[edit]

Among the articles I have created on this subject are

None of the articles I have created on the English version have been featured, but I did create a "good" article on the Norwegian version, no:Sjakkåpning. That was really an abbreviated version of the English chess openings article, and there were a number of other users who put in considerable effort in proofreading.

Username "Sjakkalle"[edit]

Chess is the inspiration to my username. One of the (bogus) principles novice players in chess play by is "Always give a check when you can, it may be mate. Anyway it is better to lose and have given a check than to never have checked at all."

...So I made the username like this

Check everyone

Sjakk alle (in Norwegian)