After the difficult start it was a great feeling to win London Chess Classics and end 2010 on a high note.
Looking back at 2010 (four classical tournament wins + shared first in Amber Rapid and Blindfold + victory in the Arctic Securities Chess Stars + winning the RAW World Chess Challenge), I.m very satisfied overall.
Looking into the detailed results, it is interesting to note that in 2009 my best results came after a terrific start (in Nanjing and London). London 2010 was my first classical tournament victory having started with a first round loss.
The extra white I was dealt in several single round robin events in 2009 was balanced by an extra game with the black pieces in both Corus and London in 2010. Winning tournaments with this starting point adds an extra flavour.
Other highlights of 2010 have been the cooperation with G-star and my sponsors Arctic Securities, Simonsen Lawfirm and Tromsø4. I would like to thank all of you for a great year!

Christmas and New Year eve spent at home and up in Engerdal and I start to look forward to the coming events.
My first tournament this year is once again in Wijk aan Zee in Holland from January 15th to 30th. It´ll be my 8th consecutive participation in what is now the Tata Steel Chess tournament 2011.
In February I will visit New York for another Fashion week and in March the 20th edition (and my 5th) of Amber Rapid and Blindfold will take place from the 12th to the 24th.
I want to take this opportunity to thank ARCTIC SECURITIES for the good cooperation in 2010 and also for the support of the tournament in Kristiansund in August. I wish everyone in with ARCTIC SECURITIES a Happy New Year!
Magnus Carlsen, January 2nd 2011.