Chess Prodigy: Grandmaster Magnus Carlsen

by Ichessu

Chess prodigies are those children who play the game of chess so well, that at a very young age their skill levels matches with any chess master. The game of chess is one of the few sports where younger players can compete with adults on the same platform; so it is one of the few skills in which true child prodigies do exist. Expectations can be high for chess prodigies as some become world champions while others fail to make any progress with their age. Chess players spend most of the time in exploring chess strategies for improving their defenses and attacks. This article features one of such chess player- Magnus Carlsen.

Norway based, Magnus Carlsen, was born on 30 November 1990. He became a Grandmaster at the age of thirteen in the year 2004. That made him the third-youngest Grandmaster in history. His performance at the 2009 Nanjing Pearl Spring tournament has been described as one of his bests and lifted him to an Elo rating of 2801. This ranking made him the fifth chess player to achieve a rating over 2800 - and aged 18 years 10 months at that time, by far the youngest to do so. Carlsen is currently ranked at 2nd position.

He played his first chess tournament at the age of eight and was later coached by the country's top player and chess coach, GM Agdestein. Carlsen proved himself as a chess master, as he finished at third position in the European Under-12 Boys Championship in the year 2003. On 1st January 2010 the new FIDE rating list was published, and at the age of nineteen, he became the youngest chess player in history to be ranked world's number one, breaking the record previously held by Vladimir Kramnik.

Carlsen is not only a talented chess player, but also a growing-up young-man, with variety of interests, trying to have a life beyond the chess game. Playing and learning chess is not an obsession for Carlsen; he makes sure to have enough time between tournaments to go home in order to do other things, like hiking and skiing and playing football as well. Recently, Magnus ventured into modeling and fashion shoot for Dutch fashion brand G-Star Raw, along with the famous actress Liv Tyler, starring in the fashion week in New York in 2010.

About the Author

Alex Rabinovich is an International Chess Master and a Software and Management Engineer. He has been a World Champion for High Schools in 1996 and has also got a 3rd place in Europe under 18 in 1996. He is a coach of Junior Israeli Olympic team.