2014 has been a very good year for me as a chess player. Probably my best to date, although - while the results have been fully satisfactory for me -my level of play has varied too much. I.ll be striving to improve my game in 2015.

What about memorable moments? It depends on what matters most.
It is hard to compare winning the top titles (classical, rapid and blitz) in chess, or winning a close to perfect game, or the sensation of exceeding your own expectation or reaching a challenging target.
In the spur of the moment any one of those experiences are truly exhilarating, even compared to winning my first Norwegian (U11) championship back in year 2000 which in a way has been a yard stick for me personally.
Longer term, titles, world ranking and maybe also Chess Oscars are permanent achievements I will treasure now and later in life.

2014 has been remarkable in that most top level events have been covered live on main TV and through extensive internet coverage. I was thrilled to learn that more than half the Norwegian population tuned in to the Carlsen-Anand World Championship live TV coverage from Sochi in November.

I.m proud to note that Arctic Securities has been one of my main sponsors for more than 5 consecutive years and we will continue the stimulating cooperation in 2015. I wish all of you and all those reading this blog a Happy New Year!

Last but not least, let me thank all of you, sponsors, management, trainers, seconds and family and others, that have helped in the past or are helping me day to day or occasionally nowadays one way or another contributing to success!

Magnus Carlsen, December 31st, 2014