About Magnus

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Magnus mot Diamant, 2. runde


Born in Tønsberg, Norway on November 30th, 1990 it wasn’t before long that Magnus Carlsen began to learn the game of chess. Although he began learning chess around the age of 5, he didn’t begin to show much interest until he saw his older sister playing well. After achieving his goal of defeating his sister and then father, his enthusiasm for chess grew.

Magnus became an International Grandmaster at the age of 13, the youngest at the time. In October 2009, during the Nanjing Pearl Spring tournament, he became the fifth chess player in the history to achieve an Elo-rating over 2800 – by far the youngest to do so. That year he also became The World Blitz Chess Champion.

On January 1st of 2010, the new FIDE list was published and at the age of 19, Magnus became the youngest ever chess player to be ranked World Number One. Since July 2011, he has been the highest rated chess player in the world.

In January 2013, Magnus broke Garry Kasparov’s record by ten points achieving the highest rating ever with 2862. He increased his own record by 10 points, making 2872 and then to 2881.

Magnus’ became the  World Chess Champion in November 2013, defeating Viswanathan Anand 6,5-3,5 in Chennai, India.  Twenty-two year old Magnus won games 5, 6 and 9 and clinched the title with a hard fought draw in game 10.

In 2014 he defended his title as World Chess Champion, and he became the first chessplayer in history to simultaneously hold the title as World Champion in all three FIDE rated time controls. In May, Magnus achieved a rating of 2882, the current rating record.


Notable Career Highlights


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


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


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


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


Magnus’ FIDE rating list closed in on Kasparovs’ historical record


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


Magnus was ranked at the top of the FIDE rating list after winning the London Chess Classic with one point ahead of Vladimir Kramnik


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


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


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


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


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


Magnus was awarded the International Master title on August 20th, 2003


Took a year off school to play chess around Europe


Began studying under Norwegian Grandmaster Simen Agdestein


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

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