November 30, 1990 (33)
Magnus Carlsen is a Norwegian chess grandmaster, World Chess Champion, and the highest-rated player in history. He became Grandmaster in 2004, World Chess Champion in 2013, and has defended his title successfully in 2014, 2016, 2018, and 2021. Known for his deep understanding of chess, Carlsen has dominated the world rankings since 2010, holding the No. 1 spot for the longest time in chess history. His achievements include victories in the World Rapid Chess Championship and the World Blitz Chess Championship, making him one of the few players to hold all three world championship titles simultaneously.
Carlsen’s career is distinguished not only by his world championship titles but also by his performances in chess tournaments around the globe. He has won some of the most prestigious tournaments in the chess world, including the Tata Steel Chess Tournament, Sinquefield Cup, and London Chess Classic.
Throughout his career, Magnus Carlsen has engaged in notable matches and collaborations with many of chess’s leading figures, including Viswanathan Anand, whom he defeated to become World Chess Champion in 2013; Sergey Karjakin, his opponent in the 2016 World Championship; and Fabiano Caruana, whom he faced in the 2018 World Championship. His participation in high-profile tournaments and matches against elite players such as Levon Aronian, Hikaru Nakamura, and Anish Giri has significantly contributed to the development of chess, making his career pivotal in the history of the game.