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Magnus Carlsen

Magnus Carlsen

Mar 21, 2008, 12:00 AM 25 Chess Players

Magnus Carlsen is a 17 Year old (D.O.B 20/11/1990) from Norway who is a chess Genius and definetly the one to watch out for! Carlsen became Grandmaster at the age of 13 years, 4 months, and 27 days-the third youngest in the history of the game. In the January FIDE ratings he was playing at 2733 making him Norway's number 1, World Juniors' number 1 and World's number 13- all at just 17 Year olds ! ! ! !

Magnus Carlsen defeated former world champion Karpov in a Blitz Tournament in 2004 (when he was 13!) and then Drawing the next day against Kasparov- who was the best player in the world (and in my opinion the joint best ever player of the game)!!!!

This Year he has played in the top group A of the Corus chess tournament where he shared first place with Levon Aronian, becoming the youngest person ever to win a category 20 tournament and to have an ELO rating of 2830 ! ! ! Whilst at the Linares he again had a 2000+ rating and finished in sole second place, 1/2 point behind the winner (world champion) Anand. Note that after this tournament ELO rating calculations place him fifth in the world rankings 

If we remind ourselves that he is playing (and in some cases beating) players such as Anand, Kramnik, Topalov, Leko and Radjabov- we truely see how great this boy is! He is CLEARLY the future World Champion!

The game shown is when he managed a draw with Kasparov aged 13,  note that there are many

other games where he has shown pure excellence and you may wish to look into these.

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