Magnus Carlsen is a Norwegian Chess Grandmaster, the World #1 and 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 2882.
In January, Carlsen claimed his sixth Tata Steel Chess Tournament victory - a record for the tournament. He also won the unofficial Fischer Random World Championship in February. In August, Carlsen tied for first at the 6th Sinquefield Cup in St Louis. He successfully defended his World Championship title for the fourth time in November at the College in London.
Overall winner of the 2017 Grand Chess Tour. Ended the year by taking out the title of World Blitz Champion in Riyadh - his third World Blitz Championship victory.
Started the year with his fifth win at the Tata Steel Chess Tournament and his first at the Norway Chess Tournament. Finished the year with a win against Sergey Karjakin at the 2016 World Chess Championship in New York.
Won the inaugural 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 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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