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The Grandmaster of Chess: A Look at the Best Player in the World

by Ravi Sharma 15 Jan 2023 0 Comments

At this very moment, there is absolutely no question about who is the best player presently in the world. Magnus Carlsen is heads and shoulders above everyone else in this era of chess. He became the grand master GM at the age of 13 in the chess world. He became the world chess champion at the age of 22. He has remained the world’s number one since 2011. 

Magnus is a world chess champion. He is a five-time chess champion. He won twice against Viswanathan Anand in the year 2013 and 2014. In the year 2016, he won against Sergey Karjakin, he won over Fabiano Caruana and once again he won against Ian Nepomniatchi in 2022. 


Magnus Carlsen is a Norwegian Chess Grandmaster who is a five-time world chess champion, Four-time Rapid Chess Champion, and last but not least six-time World Blitz Chess Champion. 

He was born on 30th, November 1990 in Tonsberg, Norway. His parents name is Sigrun Oen and Henrik Albert Carlsen. As a child, he had an exceptional memory. He is a founder of Play Magnus Group and his total net worth is $50 million. 


Well, you will be surprised to know that Magnus Carlsen played chess at the age of five. His father, a strong chess player, taught him the rules of our favorite game. 

Maybe that was the time he was creating or we can say that preparing for history. Magnus Carlsen’s first chess book was Find the Plan, which was written by Danish GM Bent Larsen. As a child, Magnus Carlsen had an exceptional memory.

Magnus Carlsen eventually became interested in jigsaw puzzles and memorizing flash and played the game of chess too. Magnus Carlsen always played with his older sister. After that he started working on the game alone, playing puzzles and following the rules which his father taught him. 

The first opening he learned was the Sicilian Dragon. At the age of 9, Magnus Carlsen participated in his very first tournament.  His father enrolled him in a school where GM Simen Agdestein was his coach. With practice and huge learning Magnus Carlsen's rating jumped a thousand points, from 904 to 1907, in a single year! And Yes! He continued to improve. Magnus Carlsen played more than 300 tournament games over the next couple of years, and his rating is on top. He officially became an International Master (IM) in 2003. He was awarded the grandmaster (GM) title in 2004. 

MAGNUS CARLSEN IN THE YEAR 2004, 2005 & 2006

In the year 2004 Magnus Carlsen really made his mark in the chess world as a serious contestant. His performance in that tournament was out of the world, the rating was 2702. What a game! He also defeated the ex-world champion Anatoly Karpov in a blitz tournament. Infact, Karpov praised such a brilliant young boy’s ideas. 

In the year 2005, Magnus Carlsen defeated world number one Alexei Shirov. 

In the year 2006, he achieved more success and became a top chess player. He won the Glitnir Blitz Tournament and beat Viswanathan Anand twice. He stood second in the Midnight Sun chess tournament. He won the Norwegian chess championship. Last but not least he won twice from Alexander Morozevich as well. 


Over the next few years, he kept on winning and kept climbing the ratings. Ofcourse, everyone now knows Magnus Carlsen in the chess world. He qualified to compete among the top contenders and definitely play with the big names. For the FIDE top-ten players he became a serious problem. He became massively successful with huge wins. 

He won from the very powerful GM Levon Aronian and won the biggest prize ever. 

At Corus, in 2008 he played out of the world performance and the rating was 2830. Later that year he achieved many more tournaments. Isn’t that Wow!!

In the year 2009, he won the Elite Nanjing Pearl Spring Chess tournament.  

During that tournament, he beat GM Teimour Radjabov.  Magnus Carlsenwon the 

Magnus Carlsen won the Esteemed London Chess Classic tournament in 2009, Through this tournament he straight to the top of the FIDE rating list. He also qualified to play in a candidate's tournament. 

The cherry on top was, In 2010 Magnus Carlsen won the Corus tournament again. Here he scores 8.5 points. This year Magnus reached the top spot on its list at 2810 Elo! According to FIDE.

According to sources  Magnus Carlsen had helped Viswanathan Anand prepare for world championship matches. 

In June of 2010, Magnus again won the tournament in Romania with an impressive 7.5 of 10 scores. A remarkable performance. 

In the year 2010, history was created again at the Nanjing Pearl Spring Tournament. Magnus Carlsen again beat a powerful GM Sergey Karjakin at the World Blitz Championship.

Magnus Carlsen as he won the Biel Chess Festival in the year 2011. He crushed the Tal Memorial on a tie break. He also beat GM Vassily Ivanchuk at the Grand Slam chess festival. 

Magnus Carlsen could not be stopped here !

The year 2012 was no different than any other year. In this year his performance rating is 2849 and won Tal Memorial. Magnus Carlsen is now on the way to success. A lot more to come !

He also won against GM Fabiano Caruana in the Grand Slam Chess Festival. In the London Chess Classic he won with a performance rating of 2994! Isn’t it insane? 

Winning these back to back tournaments caused Carlsen’s rating to slingshot to 2861 ! That’s Magnus for you.

A new record was made!  There is a lot more to come in our next content.

So Stay Tuned !

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