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Magnus Carlsen on the Time 100 List

  • SonofPearl
  • on 4/18/13, 8:26 AM.

Magnus Carlsen has been named by TIME Magazine on their 2013 list as one of the "100 Most Influential People" in the world.  The full list includes such diverse names as Barack Obama, Kim Jong Un, Steven Spielberg, Justin Timberlake, Marissa Mayer and Lebron James. 

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One of 7 special covers for Time Magazine's 2013 list

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Magnus Carlsen professed himself to be "surprised and deeply honoured" in the Norwegian newspaper Verdens Gang, adding, ""Inclusion in 2013 TIME 100 is a recognition of chess, and I hope this will further strengthen the position and development of chess worldwide."

Former world chess champion Garry Kasparov writing in the magazine said, "...his intuitive style conserves the mystique of chess at a time when every CPU-enhanced fan thinks the game is easy. Carlsen is as charismatic and independent as he is talented. If he can rekindle the world’s fascination with the royal game, we will soon be living in the Carlsen Era".

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Magnus Carlsen on the London Eye last year (photo: Ray Morris-Hill)

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  • 17 months ago

    platolag

    My money is on David Pruess making the list in 2014!Money Mouth

  • 17 months ago

    bolshevikhellraiser

    @ JBades I disagree. Magnus is evidently an exception. He's clearly a league above the rest holding the world record for having the highest rating, he's still young, and hasn't reached his full potential.

  • 17 months ago

    NimzoRoy

    A lot of people on this list strike me as being totally meaningless for instance Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel (even though I like them both as comedians and entertainers) and many others such as Justin Bieber, Beyonce and Jay-Z  none of whom even strike me as being entertaining. 

    Being an out-of-the-loop senile old geezer, I think such a list should consist primarily of people like the Dalai Lama, Suu Kyi, Nelson Mandela, Stephen Hawkings, Noam Chomsky, Jane Goodall, etc. BUT being a tad bit biased here, I certainly approve of GM Carlsen's inclusion on such a list!

  • 17 months ago

    JBades6310

    @XI_XI but you've got to admit that there are outliers in each field, michael jordan, tiger woods, and maybe magnus carlsen, who are simply just far and away better than the rest of the world. I'm not sure I'd call them exceptions but certainly outliers

  • 17 months ago

    XI_XI

    I don't like this exceptionism concerning people. Everyone in this world should be important. Every single person should be an exception not just the "best". What does this mean? No fence. Carlsen is a super chess player but i think even if you ask himself he would deny his exception in the way Time magazine is presenting him. In an interview I have read that he gave in a US chess magazine he mentioned exactly that. He does not think of himself as an exception... Again everyone is an exception not just Carlsen or Lebron...

  • 17 months ago

    netcortex

    I'm not sure how much influence Magnus Carlsen has all over the world, but he certainly has some influence on me (or at least much more than the other people mentioned in this list) :)

  • 17 months ago

    careyfan

    It is not necessarily a great honor to be included on this list.  Remember-- this list includes people who have had a strong influence on the world, positive OR negative (Kim Jong Un is on the list).  

    In Magnus' case, however, it is.  :)

  • 17 months ago

    okokjosh

    if beyonce is in their, i wont bother picking up that biased list. i have my own influences

  • 17 months ago

    al_farabi

    cool!

  • 17 months ago

    hanystar21

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  • 17 months ago

    pastoryoshi

    -ACEChess- Kasparov was on that same list in 2007

  • 17 months ago

    virdi1966

    If you want to get to the top, there's always the risk that it will isolate you from other people"
    Magnus Carlsen"   NAH He was wrong in that ... He never isolated us mortals of Chess. Repect to the kid and Kasparov was wrong in that we are living in the Carlsen era now.

  • 17 months ago

    IM DanielRensch

    Wow, Kasparov's kind words are as much an honor in my mind as making the list itself...

    Congrats Magnus!

  • 17 months ago

    pastoryoshi

    -TheMagicianPaul- you already are one of the 1 billion most influential people in the world. Just the fact that you have posted in this blog has influenced people in many different countries; who are reading this now. 

  • 17 months ago

    EricFleet

    TheMagicianPaul 

    wow, being included in this list is a great, great honour, a big congratulations to Magnus :) I doubt that I will ever be one of the 1 billion most influential people in the world...

     

    -- Invest in your family, your friends and those around you. That is enough.

  • 17 months ago

    bluedogrook

    good for Magnus.  Great for chess.

  • 17 months ago

    TheMagicianPaul

    wow, being included in this list is a great, great honour, a big congratulations to Magnus :) I doubt that I will ever be one of the 1 billion most influential people in the world...

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