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Magnus Carlsen
Number of games in database: 1,724
Years covered: 2000 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2876 (2847 rapid, 2933 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2882
Overall record: +446 -179 =483 (62.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      616 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (171) 
    B90 B40 B30 B48 B43
 Ruy Lopez (113) 
    C78 C65 C67 C84 C95
 Slav (58) 
    D15 D17 D10 D11 D12
 Nimzo Indian (51) 
    E32 E20 E21 E36 E54
 French Defense (39) 
    C11 C00 C02 C10 C03
 Queen's Gambit Declined (35) 
    D37 D38 D31 D39 D35
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (166) 
    B33 B30 B22 B90 B77
 Ruy Lopez (119) 
    C67 C95 C65 C69 C78
 Queen's Indian (73) 
    E15 E12 E17
 Nimzo Indian (44) 
    E34 E32 E21 E20 E55
 Grunfeld (39) 
    D85 D70 D86 D80 D82
 Slav (38) 
    D12 D15 D17 D11 D10
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Carlsen vs S Ernst, 2004 1-0
   Carlsen vs H Harestad, 2003 1-0
   J L Hammer vs Carlsen, 2003 0-1
   Anand vs Carlsen, 2013 0-1
   Kramnik vs Carlsen, 2008 0-1
   Carlsen vs Anand, 2012 1-0
   Carlsen vs Karjakin, 2013 1-0
   Carlsen vs A Groenn, 2005 1-0
   Carlsen vs Gelfand, 2013 1-0
   Carlsen vs H A Gretarsson, 2003 1-0

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004)
   Anand - Carlsen World Championship (2013)
   Carlsen - Anand World Championship (2014)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Corus (group C) (2004)
   Arctic Chess Challenge (2007)
   Pearl Spring Chess Tournament (2009)
   Tata Steel (2013)
   Tata Steel (2015)
   Gashimov Memorial (2015)
   Norwegian Championship (2004)
   Norwegian Championship (2005)
   Corus Wijk aan Zee Group B (2006)
   Norwegian Championship (2006)
   Midnight Sun Chess Challenge (2006)
   Amber Tournament (Blindfold) (2010)
   FIDE World Cup (2005)
   World Chess Cup (2007)
   XXII Reykjavik Open (2006)

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MAGNUS CARLSEN
(born Nov-30-1990, 24 years old) Norway

[what is this?]
Magnus Carlsen is the 16th undisputed World Champion. He won the crown from Viswanathan Anand in November 2013 and successfully defended it in a return contest with the former title holder a year later in November 2014.

Landmarks

FM (2002); IM (2003); GM (2004); vice-World U12 World Champion (2002); Norwegian Champion (2006); Candidate (2007 & 2013); World Champion (2013 & 2014); World Rapid Champion (2014) and World Blitz Champion (2009 & 2014).

Carlsen has been the world's top ranked player since January 2010, apart from six months between November 2010 and June 2011 when he was #2, and possesses the highest standard FIDE rating ever posted, as well as the highest ever live rating.

Background:

He was born in TÝnsberg, Vestfold. His parents are Sigrun ōen and Henrik Carlsen, both of whom are engineers. His father taught him chess at the age of eight after which he soon played his first tournament, a junior (Miniputt) Norwegian championship. He was coached by seven-time Norwegian Champion Simen Agdestein and by Torbjorn Ringdal Hansen. He won the title of International Master in 2003 at the age of 12 years 7 months and 25 days. In 2004, after having gained over 300 rating points in little over a year, he became the second-youngest grandmaster in chess history at the time, behind only Sergey Karjakin, at the age of 13 years 4 months and 27 days. Parimarjan Negi later pipped his record by five days to become the second youngest grandmaster ever.

Championships:

<Age>: Carlsen won the Norwegian U11 Championship in 2000 and the U10 Nordic Championship in 2001. In 2002, he placed =1st in the Open Norwegian Junior Championship with 5.5/7, but easily won the same event the following year with 6/6. Carlsen started with 4/4 at the 2002 U12 European Championship but faded to finish sixth. In the 2002 U12 World Championship a few weeks later, Carlsen was sole leader coming into the last round, but was held to a draw by David Howell, enabling Ian Nepomniachtchi to equal his score and to win on tiebreak. He placed =3rd at the 2003 U14 European Championship, half a point behind Sergei Zhigalko and Tornike Sanikidze, a short time later placing =9th with 7.5/11 at the World U14 Championship in Halkidiki.

<National and Continental>: A couple of weeks after being eliminated from the FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004) (see below), he placed =1st in the 2004 Norwegian Championship. However, after a two-game play-off match with co-leader and until then, six-time Norwegian champion, Berge Ostenstad was drawn, ōstenstad was declared winner on tiebreak. In the 2005 Norwegian Chess Championship, Carlsen again finished in a shared first place, this time with his mentor Simen Agdestein. A rapid game playoff between them resulted in Agdesteinís victory by 3.5-2.5 (+2 -1 =3). Carlsen finally won the Norwegian Championship in 2006, after defeating Simen Agdestein in a tie-break match.

Carlsenís first and and so far only participation in the continental championship provided a solid 22-point boost to his rating when he scored 8/13 in the 6th European Individual Championship (2005).

<World>: Carlsen qualified for the FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004), but was eliminated in the first round tiebreaker by Levon Aronian. His hopes to become a contender for the World Championship in the future took a big step forward by placing tenth at the FIDE World Cup (2005), becoming the youngest player ever to qualify for the Candidates. In his first Candidates match in Elista in May, he drew 3-3 in the six slow games of the Candidates Match: Aronian - Carlsen (2007) before losing in rapid-play tie-breaks. He reached the final four in the World Chess Cup (2007) before being defeated in the semi-finals by the eventual winner, Gata Kamsky. Carlsen's final placing in the 2007 World Cup qualified him for participation in the FIDE Grand Prix for 2008-09. Soon afterwards he tied for first place in the Baku Grand Prix (2008), the first round of FIDE's inaugural Grand Prix series. Carlsen later withdrew from the Grand Prix cycle despite his excellent result in Baku, complaining about "dramatic changes to ... regulations." and that ďÖchanging the rules dramatically in the middle of a cycle is simply unacceptable.Ē

On the basis of his rating, Carlsen qualified for the Candidates Tournament that would determine the challenger to World Champion Viswanathan Anand in 2012. In November 2010, however, Carlsen announced he was withdrawing from the Candidates tournament. Carlsen described the 2008Ė12 cycle as not "...sufficiently modern and fair", and added that "Reigning champion privileges, the long (five year) span of the cycle, changes made during the cycle resulting in a new format (Candidates) that no World Champion has had to go through since Kasparov, puzzling ranking criteria as well as the shallow ceaseless match-after-match concept are all less than satisfactory in my opinion." Carlsen qualified for the World Championship Candidates (2013) that was played in London, again on the basis of his rating. He placed =1st with Vladimir Kramnik on 8.5/14 after both players lost their last round games, but as the first tiebreaker (score against each other in the tournament which was 1-1) failed to break the tie, he won on the second tiebreak which stipulated that the player with the greater number of wins takes first place; he had scored five wins to Kramnik's four. During the tournament, Carlsen set a new live rating record of 2878.9 after he defeated Gelfand in round 10.

In November 2013, Carlsen won the Anand - Carlsen World Championship (2013) that was staged in Chennai. The first four games were drawn before Carlsen won the fifth and sixth games. The seventh and eighth games were drawn, with Carlsen then winning the ninth game and drawing the tenth and last game to win by 6.5-3.5 (+3 =7).

World Championship Defence 2014

Carlsen defended his World Championship title against Anand - who won the right to challenge for the title by winning the World Chess Championship Candidates (2014) that was held in March 2014 - in Sochi in Russia in November 2014.

The first game of the Carlsen - Anand World Championship (2014) was a fighting draw with Carlsen playing Black and successfully defending a Grunfeld. He drew first blood in game two playing the White side of a quiet Ruy Lopez, breaking down Black's defences before the first time control. After the first rest day, Anand struck back strongly playing the White side of a Queen's Gambit Declined (D37), and overcame Carlsen before the first time control. In game 4, Anand played the Sicilian but Carlsen steered the opening into a quiet positional struggle that ended in a draw. Game 5 featured a Queen's Indian Defence by Carlsen which also ended in a draw. Game 6 may have been the turning point in the match. Anand missed a simple tactical stroke as Black that would have given him a very strong, if not winning position and the lead in the match. After missing this continuation, Anand's game weakened and Carlsen brought home the point to take the lead in the match for the second time.

Game 7 was another Berlin Defence by Anand who encountered difficulties and surrendered a piece for two pawns. However, his defence kept Carlsen at bay for 122 moves before the game was finally drawn due to insufficient mating material on the board. Game 8 in the match was another QGD, with Carlsen playing Black introducing an innovation from his home preparation that guaranteed him a relatively easy draw. After another rest day, play resumed with Carlsen playing the White side of a Ruy Lopez that turned into a Berlin Defence by Anand. The game quickly came to an end through a draw by repetition, with Carlsen content to maintain his one-point lead. In Game 10, Carlsen again defended a Grunfeld, albeit not as convincingly as in Game 1. However, he defended a long initiative by Anand to secure a drew to continue to maintain his one point lead. Game 11 was another Berlin Defence by Anand which turned into a complex and hard fought middle game following an innovation by Anand on the queenside, which was followed by an exchange sacrifice. Carlsen successfully defended to bring home the final point needed to secure his title for another two years.

Match result: Carlsen won by 6.5-4.5 (+3 -1 =7).

Next World Championship defence

Carlsen's next defence of his classical world title will be in 2016, date and venue to be decided.

Classical Tournaments:

Carlsen earned his first IM norm in January 2003 at the Gausdal Troll Masters when he scored 7/10. His second IM norm came in June 2003 at the Salongernas IM-tournament in Stockholm where he scored 6/9 and his third IM norm came in the following month at the 2003 Politiken Cup in Copenhagen where he scored 8/11. In early 2004, Carlsen made a major international impact when he won Corus C with 10.5/13, easily winning his first grandmaster norm and earning his entry to the Corus B in 2005. Carlsen obtained his second grandmaster norm in the 3rd Aeroflot Festival (2004) in February and his third grandmaster norm at the sixth 6th Dubai Open (2004), held between 18th and 28th April.

Soon afterwards he placed 3rd at the 12th Sigeman & Co Chess Tournament (2004) followed later that month with a solid =3rd place at the Politiken Cup 2004, a half point behind the leaders Darmen Sadvakasov and compatriot Leif Erlend Johannessen. In October 2005, he won the Gausdal Bygger'n Masters in Norway with 8/9 ahead of 9 other grandmasters. He continued to improve in 2006, tying Alexander Motylev for first place in Corus Wijk aan Zee Group B (2006). After several more strong performances during the year, including 6.5/9 at the XXII Reykjavik Open (2006), =2nd at Bosna Sarajevo Tournament (2006), =2nd behind Sergei Shipov at the Midnight Sun Challenge at Breivika videregaende skole in Norway, =2nd at Biel Int'l Festival (2006) (after beating the winner Alexander Morozevich twice), first at the Gausdal Classics GM-A and a joint second-place finish at Linares - Morelia (2007), he crossed the 2700-mark, the youngest player ever to do so. A relatively poor result at Dortmund (2007) (3/7) was followed by a win at Biel Chess Festival (2007) (His score was equaled by Alexander Onischuk and so they played a tie-breaker match to determine the winner. After drawing two rapid and two blitz games, Carlsen won the Armageddon game) and a par for rating =2nd at the Arctic Chess Challenge (2007) where he scored 7/9, a half point behind the leader Alexander Moiseenko, and 3rd at the Tal Memorial (2007) in November 2007.

In 2008 Carlsen was the joint winner of Corus (2008) A-Group together with Levon Aronian, and placed second in Morelia-Linares (2008) behind Anand. He won clear first place at Aerosvit (2008) with a dominant 8/11 score. His "disappointing" third placement at 41st Biel International Chess Festival (2008) with 6/10, a half point behind joint winners Leinier Dominguez Perez and Evgeny Alekseev, was nevertheless still a 2740 performance, whilst his equal second in the Bilbao Grand Slam Chess Final (2008) with 5.0/10 was a 2768 performance. His relatively meagre 7/13 at Corus (2009) was followed by equal second placement behind Kramnik at Dortmund (2009) with a 2773 performance and 2nd with 5/9 at the M-Tel Masters (2009). The arrival of Garry Kasparov in 2009 as his coach enabled Carlsen's finest tournament performance to date, and one of the best tournament results in the history of chess. Carlsen eclipsed a stellar field consisting of Topalov, Peter Leko, Dmitry Jakovenko, Teimour Radjabov and Wang Yue to win clear first prize with 8/10 at the category XXI Pearl Spring Chess Tournament (2009). Carlsen's performance rating for the tournament was a record 3002 and lifted his FIDE rating in the November 2009 list to 2801, which made him only the fifth player to surpass 2800, and easily the youngest. After a slow start, Carlsen placed equal second with Vassily Ivanchuk behind Vladimir Kramnik in the Category XXI Tal Memorial (2009), which fielded ten of the world's top thirteen rated players. He saw out 2009 with a win at the London Chess Classic (2009), a point ahead of Kramnik, a result which pushed him to the top of the world ratings in January 2010.

In 2010, Carlsen's success continued, winning Corus (2010) outright with 8.5/13, half a point ahead of joint second place finishers Kramnik and Alexey Shirov. In June, he won the category XXI King's Tournament (2010) in Bazna in Romania by a clear two points with 7.5/10 and a 2918 performance. Following mediocre performances at the 2010 Olympiad and the category XXII Bilbao Masters (2010), Carlsen returned to form by winning the category XXI Nanjing Pearl Spring Tournament (2010) outright with 7/10 (+4 -0 =6) and a 2901 rating performance, a full point ahead of World Champion Anand who took outright second with 6/10, and finishing the year by winning the London Chess Classic (2010) for the second time in succession. After a slow start in the Tata Steel (2011) super tournament, Carlsen finished =3rd with Levon Aronian behind Hikaru Nakamura and Anand with 8/13 and a performance rating of 2821. He followed up in June by winning the Bazna King's Tournament (2011) on tiebreak ahead of Karjakin, both finishing with 6.5/10, and by winning Biel Chess Festival (2011) in July with a round to spare and with a final score of 7/10 (TPR 2835). After another characteristically slow start, Carlsen placed =1st with Ivanchuk at the 4th Bilbao Masters (2011) with 15 points under the Bilbao scoring system (+3 -1 =6) and a 2842 performance rating, ultimately winning the tournament in a blitz tiebreaker. Then in November 2011, Carlsen won the Tal Memorial (2011) on tiebreak with 5.5/9 (+2 =7 -0 and a TPR of 2850) over Aronian. Carlsen finished 2011 with 3rd place at the category 20 London Chess Classic (2011) behind Kramnik and Nakamura, scoring +3 =5 (TPR of 2879). 2012 started with =2nd (+4 -1 =8; TPR 2830) behind Aronian and alongside Radjabov and Fabiano Caruana at the Category 21 Tata Steel (2012). He won the category 22 Tal Memorial (2012) outright with 5.5/9 (+2 =7) and a TPR of 2849. The month after his strong results in the World Blitz he finished outright second behind Wang Hao in the Grandmaster Tournament of the Biel Chess Festival (2012). In October 2012, Carlsen repeated his 2011 feat at Bilbao by winning the Bilbao Masters (2012) in a tiebreaker, this time against Caruana. He finished up 2012 by winning the London Chess Classic (2012), the third time he has done so, with a score of 6.5/8 (+5 =3 -0) and a TPR of 2994 (only fractionally below his record effort at Pearl Springs in 2009). London 2012 was also made historic for the fact that Carlsen's result lifted his January 2013 rating to a new record, exceeding Kasparov's record 2851 by 10 points.

Building on his achievements of 2012, Carlsen won the category 20 Tata Steel (2013) tournament with a round to spare, his final score being 10/13. He also set a new live rating record of 2874 after his round 12 win over Nakamura, although this was superseded at the Candidates in March. In May 2013 he played in the category 21 Norway Chess Tournament (2013) held in the Stavanger Region of Norway and came 2nd with 5.5/9, half a point behind the winner Sergey Karjakin; in the preliminary Norway Chess Tournament (Blitz) (2013) held to determine the draw, he came 2nd with 6/9 behind Karjakin, thereby earning 5 games as White out of the 9 to be played. In June he again came outright 2nd, this time at the category 22 Tal Memorial (2013), half a point behind the winner Boris Gelfand. His last hit out before the World Championship match against Anand in November 2013 was the category 22 double round robin Sinquefield Cup (2013), which he won outright with 4.5/6 (+3 =3; TPR of 2966).

Carlsen's first tournament as World Champion was the Zurich Chess Challenge (2014), the first ever category 23 tournament (average rating 2801). He came from behind to take equal first with Aronian in the Zurich Chess Challenge (Blitz) (2014), which determined the colors in the main event (Carlsen has 4 whites and 1 black). By round 4 of the standard time event, he extended his live rating to 2882.6, breaking the record he established in round 3. His round 5 draw with Anand enabled him to finish the standard time event in first place, 2 scoring points ahead of Aronian. He needed 3.5/5 in the Zurich Chess Challenge (Rapid) (2014) played on the final day to guarantee his win in the event, however his 2/5 result was sufficient to win the combined event by one point under the scoring system used. His next event was the category 22 Gashimov Memorial (2014), a new event in honor of the late Azeri GM Vugar Gashimov, which he won outright with a score of 6.5/10, defeating Fabiano Caruana, his rival for first prize, in the last round. Although he was the only undefeated player at the Norway Chess Tournament (2014), he won insufficient games to win the event, which was successfully defended by last year's winner, Sergei Karjakin. In August 2014, he played in the category 23 (only the second such strength event) Sinquefield Cup (2014) and came outright second with 5.5/10, 3 points behind Caruana, the runaway leader of the tournament.

Folowing his successful defence of his title against Anand in November 2014, Carlsen won the Tata Steel (2015) outright with a score of 9/13 (+6 -1 =6), his six wins scored in succession after starting the event poorly with two draws and a loss. In April 2015, Carlsen won the category 21 Gashimov Memorial (2015) outright for the second year in succession with a powerful score of 7/9 (+5 =4), a full point clear of a resurgent Viswanathan Anand, who was outright runner up with 6/9.

Rapid:

Carlsen won the Glitnir Blitz Tournament in 2006 in Iceland. In September 2006 Carlsen placed 8th out of 16 participants at the World Blitz Championship (2006) in Rishon LeZion, Israel. In the blitz tournament associated with the Tal Memorial 2006, namely the Tal Blitz Cup, Carlsen scored 17Ĺ/34 points and placed 9th in a group of 18 participants. In March 2007, Carlsen played for the first time in the Melody Amber blind and rapid chess tournament in Monte Carlo. In the 11 rounds of the 16th Amber Tournament (Blindfold) (2007), he achieved eight draws and three losses (placing =9th) then scored three wins, seven draws and one loss in the 16th Amber Tournament (Rapid) (2007) (=2nd), for an overall 8th place in the combined tournament. In March 2008, Carlsen played for the second time in the Melody Amber blind and rapid chess tournament, which was held in Nice for the first time. Carlsen achieved four wins, four draws and two losses in the Amber Tournament (Blindfold) (2008), and three wins, two losses, and six draws in the Amber Tournament (Blindfold) (2008), resulting in a shared second place in the overall tournament.

In the Chess Classic Mainz (2008), Carlsen finished in second place after losing the final to defending champion Anand 3:1 (two losses, two draws). 2009 saw Carlsen score equal first in the Amber Tournament (Blindfold) (2009) with 7/11 alongside Kramnik and Aronian, and equal second with Veselin Topalov at M-Tel Masters (2009) behind Shirov with a 2822 performance. He also won the XXII Magistral Ciudad de Leon (2009), a rapid knockout tournament, ahead of Morozevich, Ivanchuk, and Wang Yue. Just a few days after his 2nd placement at the Tal Memorial (2009), he won the World Blitz Championship (2009) with 31/42, a full three points ahead of runner-up Anand. He shared first place at the 2010 Amber Rapid and Blindfold Tournament with Ivanchuk; scoring 6Ĺ points in the blindfold and 8 points in the rapid, Carlsen accumulated 14Ĺ from a possible 22 points. After a slow start in the Arctic Securities Chess Stars (2010) rapid tournament, he continued his success by defeating Anand in the two-game playoff for gold. In the World Blitz Championship (2010), held in Moscow on 16Ė18 November, Carlsen attempted to defend his 2009 title. With a score of 23Ĺ/38, he finished in third place behind Radjabov and the winner Aronian. After the tournament, Carlsen played a private 40-game blitz match against Hikaru Nakamura, winning with a score of 23ĹĖ16Ĺ. A phenomenal 9.5/11, 2.5 points clear of the field, in 20th Amber Tournament (Rapid) (2011) was insufficient for him to win the overall contest, as his results in the 20th Amber Tournament (Blindfold) (2011) were poor, resulting in a 2nd overall to 2008 and 2009 overall winner Aronian. In July 2012 he came clear 2nd in the World Rapid Championship (2012) behind Karjakin with 10.5/15, and clear 2nd in the World Blitz Championship (2012) with 19.5/30, half a point behind Alexander Grischuk.

In June 2014, he realized his ambition to be the triple champion (of standard, rapid and blitz chess) when he won the FIDE World Rapid Championship (2014) with 11/15, half a point ahead of runner-up Caruana, and the FIDE World Blitz Championship (2014) with 17/21, one point clear of Nepomniachtchi and Nakamura.

Matches:

The DSB Bank match between Loek van Wely and Magnus Carlsen took place 28th April - 1st May 2006. The four game classical time limit match was tied 2-2. Carlsen won the blitz portion of the match 3.5-0.5. He won a rapid match against Peter Leko held in Miskolc, Hungary, scoring 5:3 (+2 =6). Carlsen played in a curtain raiser to the Norwegian Championship, winning the Carlsen - Predojevic Rapid Match (2013) by 2.5-1.5 (+1 =3); the match was organized by the "Nansen Center for Peace and Dialogue" to celebrate the long-standing relationship between Lillehammer and Sarajevo. (1)

Team:

<Olympiad>: Carlsen represented Norway on board 1 in the 36th Olympiad (2004), the 37th Chess Olympiad (2006), the Olympiad (2008), the Chess Olympiad (2010) and in the Chess Olympiad (2014). His best result was in the 2006 Olympiad, where he scored 6 points from 8 games and came 5th for board 1.

<National> He played board 1 for Norway at the European Team Chess Championships (2007) and won an individual silver medal.

<Club> Carlsen played four seasons in the European Club Cup. In 2001 and 2003 he played for Asker Norway on board 6 and board 1 (after he had gained his FM title) respectively, while his father Henrik was reserve on both occasions. In 2007 he played board 3 for OS Baden Baden, and in 2008 he played top board for MIKA Yerevan. His total game result from these 4 seasons was 15.5/27 (+11 -7 =9). He also played in the Norwegian Team Championship in 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2006, in the Bundesliga in the 2004-05, 2006-07, 2007/08, 2008-09 seasons, and in the Dutch Team Championship 2007.

<Other> In August 2006, he played in the NH Hotels event featuring the older Experience Team vs Youth team (easily won by the Youth team 28Ė22), and was equal top scorer with Alexander Beliavsky with 6.5/10.

Rating:

The highest official rating achieved by Carlsen to date was 2882 in May 2014. His highest live rating was 2889.2 on 21 April 2014.

Carlsen's 1 April 2015 FIDE ratings are:

<Standard>: 2863, making him the top ranked player in the world. By the end of the April 2015 rating period, he will have been world number one for a total of 58 months. He holds the record for the longest period as the world's top ranked Junior (U20) - 36 months - from 1 January 2008 until 31 December 2010. He was also both world number one junior and world number one player for the first 10 months of 2010. Furthermore, he holds the record for the highest rating acquired by any player aged 13, and 15 through to 24 inclusive.

<Rapid>: 2855 (world #2); and

<Blitz>: 2948 (world #1).

Other:

Carlsen won the Chess Oscars for 2009, 2010, and 2011, and he was also awarded Norway's annual Peer Gynt Prize for 2011 for being "a person or institution that has achieved distinction in society". (2) After he won the World Championship he was awarded Norway's "Name of the Year" award for 2013. (3) He has two sisters, Ellen Oen Carlsen and Ingrid Oen Carlsen. Carlsen helped Anand prepare for the World Chess Championships in 2007 and 2008 and 2010. Carlsen has modeled for G-Star Raw, starting with its Autumn/Winter 2010 advertising campaign.

General Sources:

Carlsen's FIDE player card; Wikipedia article: Magnus Carlsen; live rating: http://www.2700chess.com/; official website: http://www.magnuscarlsen.com/; blogs: http://www.arcticsec.no/index.php?b... (English language); http://simonsenlaw.no/ (Norwegian language); World Championship Index: http://www.mark-weeks.com/chess/wcc...; and Olimpbase, the Encyclopedia of Team Chess: http://www.olimpbase.org/

Footnotes

(1) http://www.peace.no/index.php?optio...; (2) http://www.newsinenglish.no/2011/03...; (3) http://www.nrk.no/sport/videoklipp/...

Latest updated 27 April 2015


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Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Carlsen vs J Svindahl 0-142 2000 Det Śpne NMA36 English
2. M Svendsen vs Carlsen 1-039 2000 Det Śpne NMC02 French, Advance
3. Carlsen vs L Olzem ½-½36 2000 Bayern-chI Bank Hofmann 4thD00 Queen's Pawn Game
4. Carlsen vs P Brantzeg 0-152 2000 ASKOs Pinseturnering, Gruppe BC18 French, Winawer
5. T Christenson vs Carlsen 0-146 2000 Det Śpne NMB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
6. Carlsen vs I Cordts 0-130 2000 Bayern-chI Bank Hofmann 4thA31 English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation
7. Carlsen vs T Nielsen 0-145 2000 Det Śpne NMA10 English
8. A Flaata vs Carlsen 1-024 2000 Stjernen Grand PrixA07 King's Indian Attack
9. Carlsen vs T Solstad ½-½21 2000 Det Śpne NME04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
10. G Kaiser vs Carlsen 0-136 2000 Bayern-chI Bank Hofmann 4thB08 Pirc, Classical
11. K Ovesen vs Carlsen 1-038 2000 Det Śpne NMA46 Queen's Pawn Game
12. Carlsen vs I Cordts 0-130 2000 Bayern-chI Bank Hofmann 4thA31 English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation
13. Toan Thanh Pham vs Carlsen 1-032 2000 Det Śpne NMB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
14. Carlsen vs H Sannes 1-060 2000 Det Śpne NMA27 English, Three Knights System
15. H Bartels vs Carlsen ½-½48 2000 Bayern-chI Bank Hofmann 4thC59 Two Knights
16. C Grubert vs Carlsen 1-024 2001 Troll MastersC42 Petrov Defense
17. P Skovgaard vs Carlsen 0-137 2001 Nordic-chTA56 Benoni Defense
18. J A Nilssen vs Carlsen  1-048 2001 Nordic ChampionshipsE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
19. Carlsen vs K Indrebo 1-035 2001 ECCA81 Dutch
20. Carlsen vs J A Nilssen 0-122 2001 Troll MastersB32 Sicilian
21. A Kabashaj vs Carlsen 0-142 2001 Open NOR-chA46 Queen's Pawn Game
22. Carlsen vs T Hall 1-044 2001 HostturneringB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
23. G Hitzgerova vs Carlsen 1-043 2001 Classics IMAC86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
24. M Weighell vs Carlsen 1-021 2001 Nordic ChampionshipsB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
25. Carlsen vs G Wachinger ½-½15 2001 5th OIBMB42 Sicilian, Kan
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May-17-15  pinoy king: Carlsen's tactics are no better than a random GMs
May-18-15  DeepTrouble: Magnus meets mathematician John Nash, who won the Abel Prize for 2015 (one of the most prestigious prizes in mathematics; the "Nobel Prize" of mathematics):

http://www.vg.no/sport/sjakk/genimo...

John Nash asked specifically to meet Magnus (it was one of the things he wanted to do when he came to Norway).

Magnus showed a talent for numbers when he was a child, although he doesn't like to talk too much about his mathematical skills.

May-18-15  DeepTrouble: A.T PhoneHome:

<Quite many know a lot about sports, but okay. :P>

Do you understand Norwegian? If yes: How many of the questions in the quiz were you able to answer? (without any help of course, and with a limited response time).

I'd say that few people would score as well as Magnus did. Quite many know a lot about a <specific> sport (their favourite sport), but not many has the broad knowledge (combined with some in-depth knowledge) that Magnus demonstrated in that quiz duel (he was asked about cycling, boxing, soccer, etc.).

It's also been said that Magnus has an exceptional memory, and I'm left with the impression that his memory served him well in this duel (at least when he was asked to provide specific numbers).

May-19-15
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  chancho: So who won?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zcg...

May-19-15
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  alfamikewhiskey: <chancho> No upset. Opponent: <It was great to play Magnus one to one. I was able to keep track a long time, so that was very cool.>
May-21-15  TheFocus: <Carlsen is a psychologist. He understands a secret of chessóthat sometimes, however well you play and calculate, if a freak, brilliant tactic ruins your position, youíre dead. So heís always in controlóheíll first prevent your counterplay, and then go about improving his position. Of course, when heís pushed against the wall, particularly with Black, he can just as easily enter unexpected complications, but no more than he needs to. He doesnít try to play the best move in the position, but the best move against the opponent. At the same time, he does whatever needs to be done ó never getting hung up on the emotional aspects of the position such as its aesthetics, or how the position was two moves back> - Parimarjan Negi, New in Chess 2015 issue #1.
May-21-15  Rolfo: Yes, I've read it on NIC. He descibes very well how it feels to play him
May-21-15
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  chancho: Judit Polgar said it felt like slowly drowning.
May-22-15  TheFocus: <Yes, he is very practical and so on and so forth. He is undoubtedly a very strong chess player and an enormous talent. I am not trying to diminish his achievements. However, I believe that his rating advantage over everyone else is non-chess based. It is due to other qualities.

In the chess sense I was absolutely confident that I can compete against him. This is what I always do. So far I have maintained a positive score against Carlsen. Also, I had an advantage in the mini-match at the Candidates, so he should be happy with the two draws that he earned. Everyone (including me) thought that he was pretty much invincible in terms of energy, nerves and the like. At this tournament he got into real trouble for the first time in his life. In an extremely important event everything was not going exactly as expected.

Something went wrong after his game with Ivanchuk. All of a sudden, it turned out that he is quite vulnerable. When I was his age, I also used to twitch at decisive moments, glance at the other boards. Such moments were definitely not his cup of tea It is natural for a young player. I used to act the same way, but over the years I have become stronger in this respect.

I can win or lose, but my loss in the final round was not caused by nervousness in any way. I felt calm and played quite decently> - Vladimir Kramnik, talking about Magnus Carlsen; interviewed by Marina Makarycheva.

May-22-15  SirRuthless: I think he undersells how strong magnus is. I have seen analysis on how often he matches engines and surprisingly he is not the best of even this era in that regard but what he is unmatched at is not letting his grip slip once he manages to gain control and he is ALWAYS objective about chess positions. Most players strive to find the best move all the time. Carlsen plays around his opponents. He lays potential traps every where goes. He plays the position, not what he wishes it would be or hope it could be. Carlsen's positional judgement is his greatest gift.
May-22-15  TheFocus: <As far as Carlsen is concerned, he has certain exceptional qualities, which I think are just natural. For example, a feeling for the pieces, plus absolute determination and motivation.

It seems to me that we now have a generation to whom ratings are important, and not just in chess. They watch highly-rated films, and read highly-rated books.

This desire to pass Kasparovís rating record gives Carlsen motivation to play every game to the end, with maximum effort. He has many important qualities; above all, his strength in defense is incredible. All this, together with tremendous belief in himself, makes him similar to Karpov, but raised to a computer level> - Boris Gelfand (on Magnus Carlsen).

May-22-15  TheFocus: <Since my collaboration with Kasparov, my strategy is as follows: At a time when all players prepare themselves with software, my goal is not to see if my computer is better than my opponentís. In the openings, I just need to reach a position that gives me play. The idea is to be smart rather than trying to crush the other. I try to figure out where he wants to take me and I do my best to not put myself in positions where I could fall into his preparation. I try to play 40 or 50 good moves, and I challenge my opponent to do as much. Even if the position is simple and seems simple, I try to stay focused and creative, to find opportunities that lie within. Not to play it safe. It is important to know how to adapt to all situations.

In this sense, I have that in common with Karpov in his heyday: he believed deeply in his abilities, he was very combative and won a lot of games in tournaments because even when he was not in a good position, he felt he could still win, and played all the way. Iím somewhat similar in spirit: during a competition, I always believe in myself> - Magnus Carlsen.

May-22-15  TheFocus: On continuing to learn: <I still feel that Iím picking up little things all the time. Iím learning how to evaluate positions differently from what I used toódifferent material imbalances and so on. For me, it really comes with the experience of playing, of training. I donít know. I never really know exactly whatís going to come of it. But something good usually happens> - Magnus Carlsen.
May-22-15  TheFocus: <Really, chess is mainly about intuition instincts. So when you play classical chess, at least for me, my intuition usually tells me something. It gives me an idea of what I want to play. Then Iíll have plenty of time to verify that and to calculate it in different variations, to see if Iím right. In blitz, we donít have that luxury. So [you] have to go with what your intuition tells you, so thatís basically whatís going on. Thereís not so much thinking. Of course, Iím calculating some variations, but usually I do what comes to my mind first. Ö I think you shouldnít play only blitz, but playing some blitz is definitely pretty useful, especially when youíre developing as a young chess player. For me, it was very useful to develop my instinct, my tactical eye, and just plain training> - Magnus Carlsen.
May-22-15  TheFocus: <I do get nervous sometimes, especially if I feel that Iím not so well prepared, like not beingóitís sort of the same feeling like not being prepared for an exam. But otherwise, during games, I donít really get that nervous. BecauseóI donít knowóI have great confidence in what I do, basically, most of the time Ö and thus I donít get too nervous. And often when I do get nervous, I try to put on a brave face and not to show it so much> - Magnus Carlsen.
May-22-15  TheFocus: <I think for me, the most important thing was the passion to learn, to have funóobviously to win, but most of all to learn. And growing upóI still amóbut I was pretty used to doing basically the things I wanted to do, and most of the time that was chess. And so I would constantly be sitting at my board reading some chess books, playing online, playing in tournaments whenever I could. And I think to become really good in chess, you really need that. To become one of the best, itís not enough to go to the chess club a few times a week, play a tournament now and then, as you would in other sports. You shouldnít just go to practice. You should be, in a sense, living chess all the time> - Magnus Carlsen, in reply to the question ďwhat it takes to become the bestĒ.
May-22-15  TheFocus: <Analyzing with a computer helps sometimes, because you might see a position and you think itís better for white. Well, the computer evaluates it as a little bit better for black. If you look a little bit deeper, there are actually some dynamic factors which support the computerís view that itís better. Another time, it might be the other way around. But it helps to [add] to our understanding of chess if you know how to use it. And if you trust it blindly, thatís not a good idea. But if, you know, you can think for yourself and you can decide when itís wrong, when itís right, then itís very, very useful. Ö I find playing against computers very depressing. Ö I donít like losing. And I also think itís not so useful practice [for playing with] humans, because computers ó even though computers have become more human in computer style, the basic computers play an amazing dynamic and positional game. Still, it doesnít help you too much in preparation for playing humans, which are still my main opponents> - Magnus Carlsen, on training with computers.
May-22-15  TheFocus: <I think, over time, Iíve probably learned more from the games I lose. Usually whenever I lose Ö I have a pretty good idea of what Iíve done wrong, and I usually thought it was a concrete mistake that was my own doing. But over time, I think Iíve realized that probably there was something more profound there, that I actually made more mistakes than I thought I had, and I evaluated some position mistakenly, and so on. So I think over time youíll definitely learn more from your losses, even if youíre someone like me, who doesnít like to go the old Soviet style of painstakingly analyzing your loss. I think over time, you learn from them anyway> - Magnus Carlsen.
May-22-15  TheFocus: On not having an idol: <I really liked the games of [Vladimir] Kramnik when I was young. I got a book of his games when I was about 11, and I really learned a lot from those games. And I learned from many others as well, but it was really not in my ó itís never really been my style, according to my philosophy, to idolize players, to try to copy them. I just try to learn and get the best from the great masters, contemporary and from the past. Itís like that for me in everything. I donít really idolize people too much, but I try to learn from what they do> - Magnus Carlsen.
May-22-15  TheFocus: <A very important aspect of Carlsen's success is his resilience after defeats. Of course, like any chess player he prefers winning, but if something like that happens then he quickly gets out of that "groggy" state, to use the boxing terminology. That doesn't go so well for me> - Vassily Ivanchuk.
May-22-15  TheFocus: <I don't have any fixed idea that classical chess has exhausted itself. I believe that other types of chess are nevertheless just for fun. You can see that classical chess hasn't exhausted itself even just by looking at the games from a super-tournament - you'll find a huge number of mistakes are made by even the best chess players - never mind the rest... So that means the game is essentially difficult, and even more so as new discoveries appear constantly, particularly with help from computers. For example, no-one could previously have imagined that the queen ending with extra g and h pawns is, it turns out, a draw!> - Vassily Ivanchuk.
May-22-15
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  Check It Out: Thanks for all the interesting quotes, <TheFocus>!
May-23-15  KnightVBishop: would you guys say Magnus chess understanding rivals prime Kasparov?
May-23-15  MagnusVerMagnus: Rivals? lol His understanding surpasses anyone so far, one day another will surpass him, as is natural until the game is solved in infinity imho.
May-23-15  epistle: Unless he retires a champion and unbeaten.
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