At the pre-match press conference Magnus Carlsen revealed the identity of two of his seconds (assistants), two names who were already known by "everyone" anyway: "the Dane" - Peter Heine Nielsen - and "the Hammer" - Jon Ludwig Hammer. Now, on his blog, we get the full picture:
- On site: Peter Heine Nielsen.
- In Oslo: Jon Ludwig Hammer, Laurent Fressinet (of "too weak, too slow" fame), and Mickey Adams.
- Some "really good help": Ian Nepomniachtchi & Vladimir Potkin.
- Some valuable advice before and during the match: Garry Kasparov.
- Also, helping before and during the Chennai match: Pavel Eljanov.
That's a pretty impressive collection of helpers, and now I wonder if Viswanathan Anand was overmatched when it came to assistance. If anything, Anand's performance in the openings and early middlegames is even more impressive when considering the array of helpers Carlsen had at his disposal - but then we don't know who else might have been helping Anand behind the scenes in addition to his declared seconds.