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Magnus Carlsen is a Norwegian Chess Grandmaster and the #1 World Chess Champion. An exceptional chess prodigy, he became a chess grandmaster in 2004, at the age of 13 years, 148 days, making him the third youngest grandmaster in history. He is the highest rated player in the world and in the history of chess, with a peak rating of 2881.

Magnus’ Key Playing Stats

  • World rank: 1
  • World rank: 2
  • World rank: 1

WINNER OF INAUGURAL GRAND CHESS TOUR (AND STILL WORLD CHAMPION)

Won the inaugural Grand Chess Tour and defended his title as World Champion in Rapid Chess. Ended the year by winning the Qatar Open

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#1 BLITZ, RAPID & WORLD CHAMPION

Defended his World Champion title, and became the first player to simultaneously hold the title in all three FIDE rated time controls. He remained World Number 1 with a rating of 2882 as of May

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WORLD CHESS CHAMPION

Magnus reached peak rating of 2872 in February & Won the World Chess Championship

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3X WINNER OF LONDON CHESS CLASSICS

For the third time Magnus won the London Chess Classics, where he increased his rating from 2848 to 2861

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#1 Ranked Player

Magnus’ FIDE rating list closed in on Kasparovs’ historical record and he is now dominating elite events

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#1 IN THE WORLD

Magnus won the London Chess Classic in December defeating both Anand and Kramnik

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KASPAROV COLLABORATION & #1 FIDE RATING

Magnus starts year-long collaboration with Kasparov and was ranked at the top of the FIDE rating list after winning the London Chess Classic ahead of Vladimir Kramnik

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2ND PLACE AT WORLD RAPID CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP

Magnus finished in second place at the World Rapid Chess Championship to defending champion Viswanathan Anand

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SEMIFINALIST AT THE WORLD CHESS CUP

In December, Magnus reached the semifinal round of the World Chess Cup

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2-0 WIN AT GLITNIR BLITZ TOURNAMENT

Magnus won 2–0 over Viswanathan Anand in the semifinals of the Glitnir Blitz Tournament in Iceland

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THE YOUNGEST WORLD CHAMPION CANDIDATE

Magnus became the youngest player to be an official World Championship Candidate

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YOUNGEST GRANDMASTER

At the age of 13, Magnus became the youngest Grandmaster at the time

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INTERNATIONAL MASTER

Officially awarded the International Master title on August 20th, 2003

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EUROTRIP

Took a year off school to play chess around Europe

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A STUDENT IN TRAINING

Began studying under Norwegian Grandmaster Simen Agdestein

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BREAKTHROUGH

Magnus scored 3½/5 against top junior players in Norway in his first breakthrough tournament

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A STAR IS BORN

Born November 30th, 1990 in Tønsberg, Norway

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