Carlsen, Magnus

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Magnus Carlsen, Norwegian child chess prodigy, was born Nov 30, 1990, and gained the Grandmaster title (2004) at the age of 13 years, 4 months and 27 days.   He became the 2nd youngest GM in chess history, behind only  Sergey Karjakin and Parimarjan Negi.  He started playing chess at 8 and was trained by Grandmaster Simen Agdestein, Norway’s top chess player.  He took 10th in the 2005 FIDE World Cup, becoming the youngest player ever to qualify for the Candidates. In 2006, he won the Norwegian Championship.  His Elo rating's peak is 2882, the best of ever (live 2889).

As a youth, Carlsen had an aggressive style of play, and, according to Agdestein, his play was characterised by "a fearless readiness to offer material for activity". As he matured, Carlsen found that this risky playing style was not as well suited against the world elite. When he started playing in top tournaments, he was struggling against top players, and had trouble getting much out of the opening. To progress, Carlsen's style became more universal, capable of handling all sorts of positions well. In the opening, Carlsen starts with both 1.d4 and 1.e4, as well as 1.c4 and 1.Nf3 on occasion, thus making it harder for opponents to prepare against him. Evgeny Sveshnikov has criticised Carlsen's opening play, claiming in a 2013 interview that without a more "scientific" approach to preparation, his "future doesn't look so promising".

Carlsen has been known to say that he isn't all that interested in opening preparation; his main forte is the middlegame, in which he manages to outplay many of his opponents with positional means. ... Carlsen's repertoire is aimed at avoiding an early crisis in the game. He invariably aims for middlegames that lend themselves to a strategic approach.


  • 8 years ago · Quote · #1


    i wish i was him!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • 8 years ago · Quote · #2



  • 8 years ago · Quote · #3


    Despite his young age, he is known for his strategic chess.
  • 7 years ago · Quote · #4


    young,genius,magnific,future number one!!!!!! player tatic,strategic,position,completed. prodigy young

  • 7 years ago · Quote · #5


    I'm gonna b a second him someday. still got a lot of time to prepare. Carlsen is just awesome!

  • 6 years ago · Quote · #6


    Yeah, but I could beat him...

    In the Octagon!

  • 6 years ago · Quote · #7


    Suuuuuuuuuuperb chess player

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #8


    Magnus is Magnificent chess player!!

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #9


    bobby fischer dude! He was the real deal in chess, always will be!! Didn't have thousands of computer programs, chess precedents, expert seconds or world champions to guide him. He was the BEST! Always will be. That takes nothing away from Carlson though, he is awesome too, just that Carlson is very very prepared, whereas Bobby was a genius! And a genius is always more magical to watch than a prepared player.

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #10


    New generations breeds new Chess Geniuses..He'll surely surpass the other GM's..

  • 4 years ago · Quote · #11


    I saw him once on 60 minutes. He said he once played 10 games simultaneously without looking at the boards!

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #12


    They do that by playing their opponent's positions against his other opponents, they are unwittingly playing each other. It's a chess trick. The real trick was that he wasn't looking at ANY of the 10 boards, and won each game!

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #13


    If anyone knows anything about chess then they'd know all right, Magnus Calson and Bobby Fisher etc there all fantastic chess players, but the real world champion is Garry Kasparov.

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #14


    Veuillez être pertinent, aider et être gentil!

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #15



  • 2 years ago · Quote · #16


    Go Magnus, Take tha title from Anand!

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #17


    For those who have general knowledge of cricket: Carlsen is the Sachin Tendulkar of Chess

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #18


    I wish to be Carlsen,he is incredible and he is the new champion

  • 2 years ago · Quote · #19


    i can beat him in math

  • 17 months ago · Quote · #20


    jeffsten wrote:

    i can beat him in math




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