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Magnus Carlsen

Chess Grandmaster Magnus Carlsen

Profession: Chess Grandmaster

Nationality:
Norway
Norwegian

Why Famous: Carlsen defeated Viswanathan Anand in 2013 to become World Chess Champion. He is renowned as a chess prodigy, achieving grandmaster shortly after turning 13.

While Carlsen showed intellectual promise at an early age, and his father introduced him to chess, at first he was not overly interested in the game. Carlsen says that one of the things which ended up driving him further was a desire to beat his older sister.

Born: November 30, 1990
Birthplace: Tønsberg, Norway
Age: 30 years old

Generation: Millennial
Chinese Zodiac: Horse
Star Sign: Sagittarius

Historical Events

  • 2012-12-10 Norwegian Magnus Carlsen breaks Garry Kasparov’s 13-year Elo rating record
  • 2013-01-01 Magnus Carlsen breaks Garry Kasparov's chess FIDE rating, reaching 2,861
  • 2013-01-27 Magnus Carlsen wins the 2013 Tata Steel Chess Tournament
  • 2013-11-22 Norwegian, Magnus Carlsen defeats Viswanathan Anand to win the 2013 World Chess Championship
  • 2014-11-23 Magnus Carlsen defends his World Chess Championship title after defeating Vishy Anand

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