GM Magnus Carlsen

Full name
Magnus Carlsen
Born
Nov 30, 1990 (age 28)
Place of birth
Tønsberg, Norway
Federation
Norway
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Known as the “Mozart of Chess”, Magnus Carlsen is in a league of his own. The reigning World Champion’s rating has skyrocketed past Kasparov’s previous record of 2851 to an unfathomably high 2882 (1st May 2014). With fierce determination and a palpable will to win, he has dazzled fans with his ability to out-work his opponents and find computer-like moves in his games time after time.

His superb endgame skill also allows him to squeeze the slightest of advantages and defeat opponents in positions that seem unwinnable. The sky's the limit for this young GM and he has the ability to stay in the clouds way above everyone else for a long time.

Magnus Carlsen began his chess career at the age of 5. He originally learned the moves from his father but was actually uninterested in the game at that point. It was only at the age of 8 that he participated in his first tournament and ever since then his rise has been meteoric. He became an International Grandmaster at the age of 13, the youngest at the time.

In October 2009 he became the 5th player to ever cross the 2800 rating barrier, and was the youngest player to do it by far. Ever since July 2011 Carlsen has been the highest rated chess player in the world. January 2013 brought about a new milestone in his illustrious playing career. This was when Carlsen broke Garry Kasparov’s rating record of 2851 by 10 points.

Now he holds the current rating record of 2882, more than 65 points higher than the next best player. In November 2013 Carlsen defeated Viswanathan Anand to become the current World Champion, a title he does not plan on giving up anytime in the near future.

Magnus Carlsen Isle of Man Chess 2017

Magnus Carlsen at the Chess.com Isle of Man (2017). | Photo: © Maria Emelianova/Chess.com

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White Pieces
Amar Opening (2) : A00
Four Knights Game (6) : C48 C49 C46
Clemenz Opening (1) : A00
Sodium Attack (1) : A00
Petrov's Defense (20) : C42 C43
Bishop's Opening (6) : C24 C28
Anderssen Opening (4) : A00
Reti Opening (34) : A04 A05 A06
King's Indian Attack (22) : A07
Queen's Pawn Opening (23) : D02 D00 A40 A41
Polish Opening (1) : A00
Van't Kruijs Opening (3) : A00
Hungarian Opening (7) : A00
Giuoco Piano Game (19) : C50 C53
Bird's Opening (5) : A02 A03
Colle System (3) : D05 D04
Neo-Gruenfeld Defense with 3...d5 (1) : D73
Modern Defense with 1.d4 (2) : A40
King's Pawn Opening (2) : C40
Nimzowitsch-Larsen Attack (7) : A01
Italian Game (2) : C55
Trompowsky Attack (15) : A45
Pirc Defense (15) : B07 B08 B09
Torre Attack (11) : A46 A48
Scandinavian Defense (5) : B01
Vienna Game (1) : C25
Alekhine Defense (3) : B02 B05 B04
Queen's Indian Defense (29) : E18 E15 E12 E17
Englund Gambit Declined (1) : A40
Modern Defense with 1.e4 (4) : B06
Nimzowitsch Defense Declined (2) : B00
Bogo-Indian Defense (8) : E11
Semi-Slav Defense (33) : D43 D45 D47 D44
Dutch Defense (5) : A80 A88
King's Gambit Accepted (4) : C36 C33
London System (1) : A48
Scotch Game (16) : C45 C44
Benoni Defense (6) : A56 A70 A77 A61 A67
Ponziani Opening (1) : C44
Modern Defense (5) : B06
Benko Gambit Fully-Accepted (5) : A59 A58
Philidor Defense (3) : C41
Ware Opening (1) : A00
Neo-Gruenfeld Defense (3) : D71 D78
Queen's Gambit Accepted (3) : D27
Semi-Slav Defense Accepted (2) : D44
Undefined (2) : A00
Tarrasch Defense (1) : D34
Black Pieces
Giuoco Piano Game (33) : C50 C53 C51
Dutch Defense (16) : A80 A84 A90 A81 A87
Modern Defense with 1.e4 (8) : B06
Queen's Pawn Opening (25) : D02 A40 A41 D00
Scandinavian Defense (6) : B01
Pirc Defense (6) : B09 B07 B08
Four Knights Game (8) : C47 C49 C48 C46
Reti Opening (37) : A04 A05 A06 A09
Italian Game (15) : C50 C55 C57 C59
Nimzowitsch-Larsen Attack (8) : A01
King's Indian Attack (19) : A07
Caro-Kann Defense (15) : B11 B10 B15 B12 B18 B13
Indian Game (30) : A45 E10 A50 A46
Scotch Game (16) : C45 C44
Nimzowitsch Defense Declined (6) : B00
Philidor Defense (2) : C41
Modern Defense (13) : B06 A40 A42
Bogo-Indian Defense (10) : E11
Colle System (1) : D05
Queen's Indian Defense (78) : E15 E17 E12 E18
Benoni Defense (5) : A56 A61
Semi-Slav Defense (10) : D43 D45 D44 D47
Center Game Accepted (2) : C22
King's Pawn Opening (2) : C20 C44
Torre Attack (3) : A46 A48
Bishop's Opening (4) : C28
Queen's Gambit Accepted (4) : D22 D20
Hungarian Opening (4) : A00
Modern Defense with 1.d4 (1) : A40
Benko Gambit Fully-Accepted (10) : A58
Vienna Game (3) : C25 C26
Alekhine Defense (16) : B02 B04 B03
Ponziani Opening (1) : C44
Petrov's Defense (10) : C42 C43
London System (3) : A48
Semi-Slav Defense Accepted (3) : D44
Trompowsky Attack (7) : A45
Neo-Gruenfeld Defense (3) : D71 D78
Benko Gambit Declined (1) : A57
Benko Gambit Half-Accepted (1) : A57
Bird's Opening (1) : A02
King's Gambit Accepted (1) : C39
Tarrasch Defense (1) : D34

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