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Sven Magnus Carlsen is a Norwegian chess grandmaster, and the current World Chess Champion.

Carlsen was a chess prodigy. He became a chess grandmaster in 2004 at the age of 13 years, 148 days, which made him the third-youngest grandmaster in history.

In November 2013 Carlsen became World Champion by defeating Viswanathan Anand in the World Chess Championship 2013. On the May 2014 FIDE rating list, Carlsen reached his peak rating of 2882, which is the highest in history. He successfully defended his title in November 2014, once again defeating Anand. In 2014, Carlsen also won the World Rapid Championship and the World Blitz Championship, thus holding all three world championship titles. In November 2016 he defended his world title against Sergey Karjakin.

Carlsen was known for his attacking style as a teenager, but he has since developed into a more universal player. He does not rely on opening preparation as much as other top players, and plays a variety of openings in order to make it more difficult for opponents to prepare against him. Carlsen's positional mastery and endgame prowess have drawn comparisons to those of former world champions Bobby Fischer, José Raúl Capablanca, Vasily Smyslov, and Anatoly Karpov.

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Sven Magnus Carlsen is a Norwegian chess grandmaster, and the current World Chess Champion.

Carlsen was a chess prodigy. He became a chess grandmaster in 2004 at the age of 13 years, 148 days, which made him the third-youngest grandmaster in history.

In November 2013 Carlsen became World Champion by defeating Viswanathan Anand in the World Chess Championship 2013. On the May 2014 FIDE rating list, Carlsen reached his peak rating of 2882, which is the highest in history. He successfully defended his title in November 2014, once again defeating Anand. In 2014, Carlsen also won the World Rapid Championship and the World Blitz Championship, thus holding all three world championship titles. In November 2016 he defended his world title against Sergey Karjakin.

Carlsen was known for his attacking style as a teenager, but he has since developed into a more universal player. He does not rely on opening preparation as much as other top players, and plays a variety of openings in order to make it more difficult for opponents to prepare against him. Carlsen's positional mastery and endgame prowess have drawn comparisons to those of former world champions Bobby Fischer, José Raúl Capablanca, Vasily Smyslov, and Anatoly Karpov. More...

 
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