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Magnus Carlsen
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Chess Champ
    (November 30, 1990- )
    Born in Tonsberg, Norway
    Birth name was Sven Magnus Carlsen
    At 13, became third-youngest chess grandmaster in history
    At 19 years, 32 days became the youngest player ranked #1 by the World Chess Federation (January 1, 2010)
    Coached by former world champ Garry Kasparov
    Subject of the book 'Wonderboy' (2004) and film 'The Prince of Chess' (2005)
    He said about school, 'I look forward to the time between classes and to going home, nothing else.'
    His parents sold a car and rented out one of their rooms to finance his travels on the international chess circuit.
    He practices on a computer and admits that he is not sure if he owns a chess board.
    He fidgets during matches.
    Asked about role models, he said, 'My favorite player is still myself.'
    He was nicknamed 'the Mozart of chess.'
    He has a photographic memory.
    Unlike many chess prodigies who are full-time players by age 12, he remained in school until he was 18.
    Asked if he was worried about burning out like chess prodigies Bobby Fischer and Paul Morphy, he said, 'I don't see myself going mad... I don't have the same obsession. I love the game, and I love to compete, but I am not obsessed with the struggle.'

Credit: C. Fishel


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