Magnus Carlsen is a Norwegian chess grandmaster. He is the reigning five-time World Chess Champion, three-time World Rapid Chess Champion, and five-time World Blitz Chess Champion. Carlsen has held the No. 1 position in the FIDE world chess rankings since 1 July 2011. His peak rating of 2882 is the highest in history. He also holds the record for the longest unbeaten streak at the elite level in classical chess. He earned the title of grandmaster at the age of 13. At 15, he won the Norwegian Chess Championship, and at 17, finished joint first in the top group of Corus. He surpassed a rating of 2800 at 18, the youngest at the time to do so. In 2010, at 19, he reached No. 1 in the FIDE world rankings, the youngest person ever to do so. He became World Chess Champion in 2013 by defeating Viswanathan Anand. became World Chess Champion in 2013 by defeating Viswanathan Anand. He defended his classical world title against Sergey Karjakin in 2016, against Fabiano Caruana in 2018, and against Ian Nepomniachtchi in 2021. Apart from his chess career, he is also a model and she has modeled for G-Star Raw’s Fall/Winter 2010 advertising campaign along with American actress Liv Tyler. The campaign was coordinated with the RAW World Chess Challenge in New York, an event in which Carlsen played an online team of global chess players, who voted on moves suggested by Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Hikaru Nakamura, and Judit Polgár. Carlsen, playing white, won in 43 moves. He appeared in G-Star Raw’s Spring/Summer 2014 campaign along with actress and model Lily Cole in February 2014. In 2012, Carlsen was featured in a 60 Minutes segment and appeared as a guest on The Colbert Report. In August 2013, Carlsen became an ambassador for Nordic Semiconductor. In November was selected as one of the “sexiest men of 2013” by Cosmopolitan.
What is Magnus Carlsen Famous For?
- Being a Norwegian chess player.
- For winning the World Chess Championship 5 times (2013, 2014, 2016, 2018, 2021), the World Rapid Chess Championship thrice (2014, 2015, 2019), and the World Blitz Chess Championship 5 times (2009, 2014, 2017, 2018, 2019).
Where is Magnus Carlsen From?
Magnus Carlsen’s birth name is Sven Magnus Øen Carlsen. He was born on 30th November 1990 in Tønsberg, Vestfold, Norway. His nationality is Norwegian and his ethnicity is Norwegian-White. By profession, his parents, Sigrun Øen and Henrik Albert Carlsen, are engineers. The family spent one year in Espoo, Finland, and then in Brussels, Belgium, before returning to Norway in 1998, where they lived in Lommedalen, Bærum. They later moved to Haslum. His present is 31 as of 2021.
Magnus started showing his intellectual capabilities when he was still a toddler. At the age of two, he could solve 50-piece jigsaw puzzles all by himself and proceeded to assemble Lego sets meant for much older children at the age of four which is very impressive. His dad recognized Magnus’s brilliance and competitive spirit and taught him to play chess. He has three sisters, and in 2010 stated that one of the things that first motivated him to take up chess seriously was the desire to beat his elder sister at the game. He then began reading books on chess which helped him in developing his game plan and skills. The first chess book Carlsen read was a booklet named Find the Plan by Bent Larsen, and his first book on openings was Eduard Gufeld’s The Complete Dragon. He participated in his first tournament-the youngest division of the 1999 Norwegian Chess Championship-at 8 years and 7 months and scored 6½/11. He was coached at the Norwegian College of Elite Sport by the country’s top player, Grandmaster (GM) Simen Agdestein, who in turn cites Norwegian football manager Egil “Drillo” Olsen as a key inspiration for his coaching strategy. Apart from chess, which he studied about three to four hours a day, his favorite pastimes included playing football and reading Donald Duck comics. He also practiced skiing until age ten. From the year 2000 to 2002, he played almost 300 rated tournament games, and in 2002 he finished second in the boys’ under-12 division at the Fédération Internationale des Échecs (FIDE) World Youth Chess Championship, held in Iráklion, Greece.
After finishing primary school, he took a year off to participate in international chess tournaments in Europe during the autumn of 2003, then returned to complete secondary education at a sports school. During the year away from school, he placed joint-third in the European Under-14 Championship and ninth in the 2003 World Under-14 Championship.
Magnus Carlsen Career Timeline
- In the year 2004, Carlsen rose to international fame after his victory in the C group at the Corus chess tournament in Wijk aan Zee. He obtained a score of 10½/13, losing just one game (against the highest-rated player of the C group, Duško Pavasovič).
- In March 2004, he defeated former world champion, Anatoly Karpov, at a blitz chess tournament. He went on to achieve one draw against Garry Kasparov, who was then the top-rated player in the world. Carlsen was then defeated by Kasparov in another round and thus knocked out of the tournament.
- He finished at second place at the Dubai Open Chess Championship in April 2004 and became a Grandmaster. At that time, he was the world’s youngest Grandmaster, and the third youngest person ever to hold GM status.
- In the Smartfish Chess Masters event at the Drammen International Chess Festival 2004–05, he defeated Alexei Shirov, then ranked No. 10 in the world, as well as the co-winner of the tournament.
- In the Norwegian Chess Championship, he finished in the shared first place, with his mentor Simen Agdestein.
- In October, Carlsen took first place at the Arnold Eikrem Memorial in Gausdal with a score of 8/9 and a PR of 2792.
- At the end of 2005, Carlsen participated in the Chess World Cup in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia.
- At 2006 international ‘Bosna’ tournament in Sarajevo, Carlsen shared first place with Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu and Vladimir Malakhov.
- He was close to winning the 2006 Norwegian Chess Championship outright, but a last-round loss to Berge Østenstad. However, he was able to win the title for the first time in the play-off.
- Next, he won the Glitnir Blitz Tournament in Iceland.
- In the Midnight Sun Chess Tournament in Tromsø, Carlsen finished second behind Sergei Shipov.
- In the Biel Grandmaster Tournament, he placed second.
- He participated in an “Experience” vs. “Rising Stars” Scheveningen team match in the NH Chess Tournament held in Amsterdam in August.
- In May and June of 2007, he participated in the Candidates Tournament for the FIDE World Chess Championship 2007 which he lost to Aronian.
- In July and August, he won the Biel Grandmaster Tournament with a 6/10 record and a PR of 2753.
- He reached the semi-final round of the World Chess Cup in December which he lost to Gata Kamsky.
- He faced several formidable opponents in the prestigious Linares chess tournament, which many consider being the “the Wimbledon of chess”. Carlsen played against top-rated players like Veselin Topalov, Viswanathan Anand, Peter Svidler, Alexander Morozevich, and Levon Aronian, and achieved second place.
- He was one of 21 players in the six-tournament FIDE Grand Prix 2008–2010, a qualifier for the World Chess Championship 2012.
- In 2009, he won the World Blitz Championship in Moscow and then entered the London Chess Classic as the top seed. He proceeded to defeat former world champion Vladimir Kramnik and went on to win the tournament.
- In January 2010, FIDE announced that Carlsen was the top player in the world.
- He won the London Chess Classic in December with five wins (over McShane, Aronian, Gawain Jones, Adams, and Judit Polgár) and three draws (against Kramnik, Nakamura, and Anand) in 2012.
- In 2013, he faced world chess champion Viswanathan Anand in the World Chess Championship in Chennai, India. He won the championship 6½–3½ by winning games five, six, and nine and drawing the remainder. Thus he became the new world chess champion, the second youngest player (after Kasparov) to win the world title. He again faced Anand in a match for the title of World Chess Champion in November 2014 and successfully defended his World Champion title.
- In January 2015, he won the 77th Tata Steel Chess Tournament. In February, Carlsen won the 3rd Grenke Chess Classic after a five-game tiebreak with Arkadij Naiditsch.
- From 22 August to 3 September, Carlsen played in the 2015 Sinquefield Cup. He finished in second place with 5/9 (+3−2=4), one point behind winner Levon Aronian.
- In October, Carlsen successfully defended his title in the FIDE World Rapid Championships held in Berlin, as the first World Rapid Champion to do so in history, going +8−0=7.
- From 15 to 31 January of the year 2016, he participated in the 78th Tata Steel Chess Tournament, held in Wijk Aan Zee which he won.
- He played in the fourth edition of the Norway Chess Tournament from 18 to 30 April which he won.
- From 17 to 20 June, he played in the Leuven leg of the Grand Chess Tour. He finished first in the rapid portion of the tournament with 12/18 (+5−2=2; two points for a win) and also first in the blitz portion with 11/18 (+7−3=8) to place first overall with a score of 23/36, two and a half points ahead of the runner-up, Wesley So.
- From 13 to 22 April of the year 2017, he competed in the 4th Grenke Chess Classic, finishing in joint second place.
- On 1 October, Carlsen won the Isle of Man Open, a tournament held from 23 September to 1 October.
- From 9 to 14 November, Carlsen faced Ding Liren in the 2017 Champions Showdown which he won.
- From October 2017 to January 2018, Carlsen played in the second edition of Chess.com’s Speed Chess Championship. He won the tournament.
- He faced Fabiano Caruana in the 2018 World Chess Championship in London which he won. Carlsen cited the first rapid game as “critical”, and said he felt “very calm” after winning it.
- From 12 to 27 January of the year 2019, he competed in the 81st Tata Steel Chess Tournament.
- In April, he won the 6th Grenke Chess Classic.
- In early May, Carlsen won the Côte d’Ivoire Rapid & Blitz, the first leg of the 2019 Grand Chess Tour, with a score of 26½/36.
- In late May, Carlsen won his sixth tournament in a row, winning the Lindores Abbey Chess Stars Tournament.
- He won the seventh edition of Norway Chess in June.
- In late November, Carlsen won the Tata Steel Rapid & Blitz, the final leg of the 2019 Grand Chess Tour, with a score of 27/36.
- From 26 to 28 December, he participated in the 2019 World Rapid Chess Championship which he won.
- From 29 to 30 December he took part in the 2019 World Blitz Chess Championship which he won.
- From 10 to 26 January of the year 2020, he competed in the 82nd Tata Steel Chess Tournament.
- He then competed in the 8th Norway Chess from 5 to 16 October which he won the tournament with a round to spare, finishing on 19½ points, one point ahead of runner-up Alireza Firouzja.
- He participated in the 83rd Tata Steel Chess Tournament in January 2021. He finished in sixth place.
- He also participated in many online chess tournaments as part of the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour.
- He won the third-place match against Fedoseev at the FIDE World Cup 2021 held in Sochi.
- He won the 9th Norway Chess, again finishing on 19½ points ahead of runner-up Alireza Firouzja.
- From 26 to 28 December, Carlsen participated in the World Rapid Chess Championship 2021.
- At the 2021 World Chess Championship, he defeated Nepomniachtchi in Games 8, 9, and 11, thus retaining his championship title.
- In January 2022, he won his eighth Tata Steel Chess Tournament.
- In early June, Carlsen won Norway Chess Tournament ahead of Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Viswanathan Anand who finished second and third respectively.
- He announced on July 20, the deadline FIDE had given him, that he would not defend his World Championship title against Nepomniachtchi in the 2023 World Chess Championship match.
- He said he would still continue playing professional chess, however.
Awards, Honors, and Achievements
- Won the Chess Oscars from 2009 to 2013
- The Norwegian tabloid Verdens Gang (VG) has awarded Carlsen the “Name of the Year” (Årets navn) twice, in 2009 and 2013
- VG named him “Sportsman of the Year” in 2009
- Won the Folkets Idrettspris, a people’s choice award from the Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet, in 2009 and 2010
- Awarded the Peer Gynt Prize, a Norwegian prize awarded annually to “a person or institution that has achieved distinction in society” in 2011
- Time magazine named Carlsen one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2013
Who is Magnus Carlsen’s Girlfriend?
Magnus Carlsen is currently single and he is not married yet. He was in a relationship before but he is assumed to be living a single life at present. His sexual orientation is straight and he is not gay.
Previously, he dated Elisabet Lorentzen Djønne from the year 2019-2021. On New Year’s Day of 2020, the chess champion took to Instagram and posted a series of photos, one of which included a photo with Djønne. “Been a great year on and off the board, on to the next one!” he wrote in the caption of the post. She is five years younger than Carlsen in terms of age. Before Djonne, he dated his ex-girlfriend, Synne Christin Larsen.
How Rich is Magnus Carlsen?
Magnus Carlsen is a skilled chess player and he is one of the world’s best chess players in the world. As of 2022, he has accumulated a net worht of $50 Million. His main source of wealth comes from his chess career. He has also received numerous sponsorships and endorsements and runs his own business which primarily focuses on developing chess-related apps for children aged 5 and up. His tournament winnings, as well as various sponsorships, endorsements, and his majority-owned company, have all contributed to his net worth. His salary is in millions of dollars. Today, he is living a lavish lifestyle. In 2020, Carlsen announced that he had signed a two-year sponsorship deal with gambling company Unibet to act as a “global ambassador”. Unibet parent company Kindred Group is also a sponsor of Offerspill Chess Club. Offerspill was founded by Carlsen in 2019 after the Norwegian Chess Federation turned down Kindred’s sponsorship offer. It is now Norway’s largest chess club; Carlsen is its current chairman.
How tall is Magnus Carlsen?
Magnus Carlsen is a handsome chess player with an Athletic body type. His height consists of 5 feet 10 inches or 178 cm or 1.78 m. His body weight consists of 73 kg or 161 lbs. His hair color is dark brown and he has a pair of hazel eyes. He has a toned physique with a cheerful smile. He has a light stubble or rugged beard.