I spent a few long days with .60 minutes. and other media representatives last week. Activities included a 10-player blindfold exhibition in the chess club OSS, interviews, book signing and various on-and-off-site shooting for TV and magazines. Fortunately it was mostly quite interesting as the overall program was a stretch coming on the back of Tal Memorial and London Classics. This week has been quiet. Snow came late this year but skiing conditions are decent now.
I.ll spend Christmas with the extended family and up in the mountains doing some more skiing. Prior to Tata we will spend a week far south recharging batteries.
In addition to the new main sponsor newspaper VG, I.m happy to continue the cooperation with main sponsors Arctic Securities and Simonsen Lawyers in 2012! Thank you!
As a professional chess player I.ve been fortunate enough to combine tournament activity with a mix of activities with my highly professional and pleasant sponsor representatives and their customers. The fact that the results this year have been consistently good with rating gains in every event as well as several important tournament victories, indicates that the balance between chess and other activities has worked out well. I wish everyone in Arctic Securities and readers of this blog a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Magnus Carlsen, Haslum, December 23rd, 2011