49 Facts About Magnus Carlsen

1. In 2017, Magnus Carlsen made a special guest appearance on The Simpsons, in an episode where Homer's chess history is revealed.

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2. Magnus Carlsen was interviewed by Rainn Wilson for SoulPancake in 2013.

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3. In 2012, Magnus Carlsen was featured in a 60 Minutes segment and appeared as a guest on The Colbert Report.

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4. Magnus Carlsen can convert a minimal advantage into a real one.

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5. Magnus Carlsen gets his positions [and] then never lets go of that bulldog bite.

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6. Magnus Carlsen had an aggressive style of play as a youth, and, according to Simen Agdestein, his play was characterised by "a fearless readiness to offer material for activity".

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7. Magnus Carlsen has won the Folkets Idrettspris, a people's choice award from the Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet, in 2009 and 2010.

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8. Magnus Carlsen won the Chess Oscars for 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.

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9. Magnus Carlsen defeated Caruana and Aronian in rounds 1 and 3, respectively, but lost to So in round 6.

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10. Magnus Carlsen played in the Paris leg of the 2017 Grand Chess Tour, which was held from 21 to 25 June.

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11. Magnus Carlsen performed poorly and had a performance rating of 2755, his lowest since 2015.

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12. Magnus Carlsen won the tournament by scoring 9 points out of 13, earning him his 5th Wijk Aan Zee title.

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13. Magnus Carlsen started off poorly, scoring ½ points out of 3 games, losing to Levon Aronian, drawing against Sune Berg Hansen, and losing again to Yannick Pelletier due to a blunder.

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14. Magnus Carlsen defeated the 2014 Sinquefield winner Fabiano Caruana, as well as Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and wild-card Wesley So, but lost to Veselin Topalov and Alexander Grischuk.

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15. Magnus Carlsen said of this result: "It's just extremely frustrating not to be able to show anything close to what I am capable of in my home country.

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16. Magnus Carlsen was then outplayed by Caruana in the second round, missed a win against Anish Giri in round 3, and lost to Anand in round 4.

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17. Magnus Carlsen faced Anand in a match for the title of World Chess Champion in 2014.

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18. Magnus Carlsen lost to Caruana in round 3 and defeated Aronian and Nakamura in rounds 5 and 7, respectively.

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19. Magnus Carlsen played nine games for Norway in the 41st Chess Olympiad, scoring five wins, two draws, and two losses.

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20. The game was drawn when Magnus Carlsen forced a perpetual check.

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21. Magnus Carlsen faced Anand in the World Chess Championship 2013, at Hyatt Regency in Chennai, India, from 9 to 22 November.

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22. Magnus Carlsen ended the tournament with +3−1=5, losing to Caruana but beating Anand, Kramnik and Nakamura.

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23. Magnus Carlsen finished with +5−2=7, and won the tournament on tiebreak over Vladimir Kramnik.

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24. Magnus Carlsen played in the 2013 Candidates Tournament, which took place in London, from 15 March to 1 April.

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25. Magnus Carlsen finished in first place, ahead of Radjabov and Caruana.

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26. Magnus Carlsen won two games, against Gelfand and Nakamura, and drew the rest.

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27. Magnus Carlsen said he did not believe there was a direct connection.

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28. Magnus Carlsen finished this tournament with a rating of 2802, two points behind Anand at 2804 who temporarily ended Carlsen's reign at world No 1.

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29. Magnus Carlsen had helped Anand prepare for the World Chess Championships in 2007 and 2008.

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30. Magnus Carlsen shared first place alongside Ivanchuk in the Amber blindfold and rapid tournament.

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31. In 2011, Magnus Carlsen said: "Thanks to [Kasparov] I began to understand a whole class of positions better.

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32. Magnus Carlsen appeared to struggle in the last round against Fabiano Caruana, but saved a draw, leaving him half a point ahead of Kramnik and Shirov.

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33. In early 2009 Magnus Carlsen engaged former World Champion Garry Kasparov as a personal trainer.

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34. Magnus Carlsen won the category 21 Nanjing Pearl Spring tournament, 2½ points ahead of second-place finisher Topalov, the world's highest-rated player at the time.

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35. Magnus Carlsen tied for second place with Veselin Topalov at the M-Tel Masters tournament in Sofia, Bulgaria.

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36. Magnus Carlsen finished in sole second place, ½ point behind the winner World Champion Viswanathan Anand.

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37. Magnus Carlsen won five games, lost two and drew six, sharing first place with Levon Aronian.

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38. Immediately after the Biel tournament, Magnus Carlsen entered the open Arctic Chess Challenge in Tromsø, but his fourth-place result with +5=4 was a slight underperformance in terms of rating.

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39. Magnus Carlsen finished ninth in a group of 18 participants in the associated blitz tournament, which was won by Anand.

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40. Magnus Carlsen was close to winning the 2006 Norwegian Chess Championship outright, but a last-round loss to Berge Østenstad dropped him into another tie for first place with Agdestein.

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41. Magnus Carlsen qualified for a place in the Corus B group due to his first-place finish in Corus group C in 2004.

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42. In that event, Magnus Carlsen was paired with Garry Kasparov, then the top-rated player in the world.

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43. Magnus Carlsen made headlines after his victory in the C group at the 2004 Corus chess tournament in Wijk aan Zee.

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44. Magnus Carlsen was officially awarded the IM title on 20 August 2003.

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45. Magnus Carlsen was coached at the Norwegian College of Elite Sport by the country's top player, Grandmaster Simen Agdestein, who in turn cites Norwegian football manager Egil "Drillo" Olsen as a key inspiration for his coaching strategy.

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46. Magnus Carlsen was born in Tønsberg, Norway, on 30 November 1990, to Sigrun Øen, a chemical engineer, and Henrik Albert Carlsen, an IT consultant.

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47. Magnus Carlsen defended his main world title against Sergey Karjakin in 2016, and against Fabiano Caruana in 2018.

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48. Magnus Carlsen became World Champion in 2013 by defeating Viswanathan Anand.

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49. Magnus Carlsen surpassed a rating of 2800 in 2009 and reached number one in the FIDE world rankings in 2010, becoming the youngest person ever to achieve those feats.

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