Moving story about a thirteen year old Norwegian boy, told by his chess trainer ( former Norwegian chess champion and soccer international Simen Agdestein). Sven Magnus Øen Carlsen is a Norwegian chess grandmaster, the #1 ranked player in the . Thus, Carlsen finished in tenth place and became the youngest player to be an official World Championship Candidate. In October, he took first. , English, Book, Illustrated edition: Wonderboy: how Magnus Carlsen became the youngest chess grandmaster in the world: the story and the games / by.

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He played in his first tournament at the age of eight.

Magnus Carlsen | Norwegian chess player |

In January he won his first tournament, at Wijk aan Zee, Netherlands. He became a grandmaster after finishing in second place at the Dubai Open Chess Championship in April However, he was defeated in the first round by Armenian chess player Levon Aronian who went on to place seventh at the world championship.

He had recently turned 19 and was thus the youngest player to become number one.

That year he was hired by the Dutch clothing company G-Star to model its denim clothing in an advertising campaign. Carlsen surprised the chess world in Novemberbeca,e he decided to forgo the Candidate Matches to select a challenger to play against Indian chess player Viswanathan Anand for the world championship, arguing that the championship structure was flawed and that the reigning champion should not receive an automatic spot in the final round.

However, Carlsen participated in the Candidates Tournament in London. Despite losing in the final round to Russian player Peter Svidler, he accumulated enough wins earlier in the tournament to best Russian player Vladimir Chews who had the same number of points and secure the challenger spot against Anand.


In November Carlsen defeated Anand in 10 games at the world championship match in ChennaiIndiawith a score of 3 wins and 7 draws. Carlsen was the second youngest player after Kasparov to win the world title. He successfully defended his title in a rematch against Anand in in Sochi, Russia, with a score of 3 wins, 7 draws, and 1 loss.

At the world championship in New York, he younyest tied against Russian player Sergey Karjakin after 12 games. He defeated Karjakin by winning 2 games in a 4-game rapid round, in which each player had only 25 minutes on the clock, with 10 seconds added after each move.

Carlsen clinched his victory with style on the carlsem move of game 4 by sacrificing his queen to set up checkmate on the next move. From the very beginning of his career, Carlsen impressed his coaches with a prodigious memory, which he has used in his career to play a large variety of openings.

Magnus Carlsen

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