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Magnus Carlsen
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Carlsen at the World Chess Championship 2021
Born
Sven Magnus Øen Carlsen

(1990-11-30) 30 November 1990 (age 32)
Tønsberg, Norway
CountryNorway
TitleGrandmaster (2004)
World Champion2013–2023
FIDE rating2859 (November 2022)
Peak rating2882 (May 2014)
RankingNo. 1 (November 2022)
Peak rankingNo. 1 (January 2010)
Websitemagnuscarlsen.com/en/

Sven Magnus Øen Carlsen[a] (born 30 November 1990)[1][2] is a Norwegian chess grandmaster who is the reigning five-time World Chess Champion. He is also a three-time World Rapid Chess Champion and five-time World Blitz Chess Champion. Carlsen has held the No. 1 position in the FIDE world chess rankings since 1 July 2011 and trails only Garry Kasparov in time spent as the highest-rated player in the world. His peak rating of 2882 is the highest in history. He also holds the record for the longest unbeaten streak at the elite level in classical chess.[3]

A chess prodigy, Carlsen finished first in the C group of the Corus chess tournament shortly after he turned 13 and earned the title of grandmaster a few months later. At 15, he won the Norwegian Chess Championship, and at 17 he finished joint first in the top group of Corus. He surpassed a rating of 2800 at 18, the youngest at the time to do so. In 2010, at 19, he reached No. 1 in the FIDE world rankings, the youngest person ever to do so.

Carlsen became World Chess Champion in 2013 by defeating Viswanathan Anand. He retained his title against Anand the following year and won both the 2014 World Rapid Championship and World Blitz Championship, becoming the first player to hold all three titles simultaneously, a feat which he repeated in 2019. He defended his classical world title against Sergey Karjakin in 2016, against Fabiano Caruana in 2018, and against Ian Nepomniachtchi in 2021. Carlsen will not defend his title against Nepomniachtchi in 2023.[4]

Known for his attacking style as a teen, Carlsen has since developed into a universal player. He uses a variety of openings to make it harder for opponents to prepare against him and reduce the utility of pre-game computer analysis. He has stated the middlegame is his favourite part of the game as it "comes down to pure chess".[5]


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  2. ^ Haugli, Kurt B.M. (13 June 2019). "Sjakkekspertens forklaring på Carlsens sterke vår: – Caruana spilte ham god". Aftenposten (in Norwegian). Retrieved 27 October 2019.
  3. ^ Aimee Lewis (15 January 2020). "Magnus Carlsen breaks record for longest unbeaten run in chess". CNN. Retrieved 10 September 2020.
  4. ^ Lourim, Jake (26 July 2022). "Magnus Carlsen Is Giving Up The World Title. But The Carlsen Era Lives On". FiveThirtyEight. Retrieved 12 September 2022.
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