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Magnus Carlsen

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Born: November 30, 1990 in Tønsberg, Norway

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Magnus Carlsen has been pegged as a possible future World Chess Champion since bursting on the chess scene in 2003, at age 13. His sharp style leads to positions that are often uncomfortable and difficult for his opponents. While this sometimes results in spectacular attacks, he is equally adept at grinding out a positional edge; in fact, Kasparov and others have noted that at his core, Carlsen is a positional player.

While he is not alone among young players in having extensive opening knowledge which allows him to play a wide range of openings, Carlsen also displays uncommon endgame skills for a young player.

Notable Accomplishments:

  • Won 2004 Corus C tournament with 10.5/13 score
  • In 2004, became third youngest player to achieve rank of Grandmaster (13 years, 4 months, and 27 days)
  • At age 15, became the youngest ever World Chess Championship Candidate
  • Won 2006 Norwegian Chess Championship
  • Twice won or shared first at Corus A Tournament (2008, 2010)
  • Won 2009 Nanjing Pearl Springs Tournament with 8/10 score, 2.5 points ahead of Topalov
  • Won 2009 World Blitz Championship, 3 points ahead of Anand
  • Won 2009 London Chess Classic
  • Won 2010 Banza Kings, 2 points ahead of Radjabov and Gelfand
  • Won 2013 Candidates Tournament to reach 2013 World Chess Championship
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