Magnus Carlsen, the current World Chess Champion, is a Norwegian chess grandmaster. Carlsen earned the title of World Chess Champion in 2013 after defeating Viswanathan Anand. In this blog, we will cover Magnus Carlsen Net Worth and some lesser-known facts about him
In 2014, Carlsen retained the title and won both the World Rapid Championship and World Blitz Championship and became the first person to hold all three titles simultaneously. He repeated his victory again in 2019 and still holds the titles.
In 2010, he ranked first on the FIDE world rankings and followed the greatest chess player of all times, Garry Kasparov, in time spent as the highest-rated player in the world. He has the highest classical rating, 2882, in history.
Carlsen has been passionate about chess since he was a teenager. In 2002, he secured second place in U12 Chess Championship, then in the following year he finished first in the C group of the Corus Chess Tournament. He secured all these titles when he was only 13.
He also won the Norwegian Chess Championship when he was 15 and came joint first in the Top Group of Corus at the age of 17. By the age of 19, he had already surpassed a rating of 2800 and reached number one in the FIDE World Rankings.
Carlsen has developed into a universal player over the years and is best known for his attacking style. According to him, middlegame is his favorite part of the game as it “comes down to pure chess”.
He opens with a variety of moves that takes his opponents by surprise and they get very little time to prepare against him. He has been compared to former world champions Bobby Fischer, Anatoly Karpov, and others for his positional mastery and endgame prowess.
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Magnus Carlsen Net Worth and Overview
|Net Worth||$8 million|
|Date of Birth||November 30, 1990|
|Height||5’10” ft. or 1.78m|
|Country of Origin||Norway|
|Source of Wealth||Chess|
|Last Updated||June 2020|
Carlsen’s full name is Sven Magnus UØn Carlsen. He was born on November 30, 1990, in TØnsberg, Norway. His father, Henrik Albert Carlsen is an IT consultant, and mother Sigrun Øen is a chemical engineer. Carlsen has three sisters. The family moved around a lot and finally settled in Halsum which is a district in the municipality of Baerum, Norway.
Carlsen had the gift of special learning skills. He used to solve a 50-piece jigsaw puzzle when he was two and assembled Lego sets, meant for children of age 10-14, when he was only four. Carlsen’s father was an amateur chess player himself and taught him to play when he was only 5 years of age.
He read his first chess book written by Bent Larsen, Find the Plan and his first book on openings was Eduard Gufeld’s The Complete Dragon. He used to play by himself for hours practicing combinations and replaying positions that his father used to teach him. Carlson was coached by Simen Agdestein who is a Norwegian chess grandmaster himself.
Career Highlights and Achievements
Carlsen first came under limelight when he won the C group Corus Chess Tournament in 2004 and scored 10.5/13. His victory fetched him the first GM norm and he achieved a PR of 2702. After winning the C group he qualified for B group were his game was so impressive that Washington Post gave him the title “the Mozart of chess”.
In 2005 at the Drammen International Chess Festival Carlsen defeated Alexie Shirov to Co-win the tournament and earn rank No. 10 in the world. Carlson played the World Chess Championship in 2013, at Hyatt Residency in Chennai, India.
He played against Viswanathan Anand and defeated him to become the 16th World Chess Champion. Although Carlson was the challenger and less experienced than Anand, he drew first blood in game 5 by taking advantage of a small mistake made by Anand and won in 6 out of 9 games.
After that, he again played against Anand in 2014 in the World Chess Championship defending his title. Despite a poor start at the 77th Tata Steel Chess Tournament, he defended nicely and secured the title.
Carlson has also won the Chess Oscars in the years 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. He was awarded the Year’s best player by the Chess Oscars organizing committee. In 2011, he won the Peer Gynt Prize. This is a Norwegian annual prize given to a person or institution that has achieved distinction in society.
Magnus Carlsen has a girlfriend named Elisabet Lorentzen Djone, a 24 years old criminology student at the University of Oslo. Elisabet hails from Hardanger in Western Norway and has been in a relationship with Carlsen for over a year. She is also an aspiring model and took part in a very popular Norwegian modeling competition, Brun Og Blid Modelling Competition, finishing at the 10th position.
The World Chess Championship was planned to be hosted in Norway. Norwegian Chess federation has tried hard to win the bid and host the tournament in the nation. When everything was going smooth, Carlsen denied to defend his title on the home soil. Carlsen has allegedly started a chess club with the aim of getting 40 representatives to vote against the hosting of World Chess Tournament at the Norway Chess federation.
His father, Henrik Carlsen, posted on social media that there is a lot of pressure to defend the title on the home soil, because winning almost becomes a compulsion. Magnus prefers to play the tournament on a neutral venue. Critics have hit out on the world champion’s efforts to prevent the hosting of the tournament in Norway.
What is Magnus Carlsen Net Worth in 2020?
Magnus Carlsen is one of the strongest chess players. He has several chess tournaments. The prize from these tournaments contribute to his total wealth. Moreover, he has done several sponsor deals that largely make up for his net worth. He even has a company named Magnuschess. Magnus Carlsen Net Worth in 2020 from all these sources add up to $8 million.
A Few Interesting Facts About Magnus Carlsen
- Carlsen had an exceptional memory and could recall the areas, population numbers, flags and capitals of all the countries in the world by the age of five.
- He had also memorized the areas, population numbers, coat-of-arms, and administrative centers of all Norwegian Municipalities.
- Carlsen’s first game was in 1999, when he was only eight years old. He was the youngest division of Norwegian Chess Championship and he scored 6.5/11.
- Carlsen came under the ‘100 most influential people in the world’ list published by Time Magazine.
- In 2010 Carlsen modeled for G-Star Raw’s Fall/Winter 2010 advertising campaign along with the American actress Liv Tyler.
- He was also offered the role of “a chess player from the future” in the movie Star Trek Into Darkness. However, Carlsen could not do it because he was unable to get a work permit at the time of the shooting.
- In October 2013, Carlsen co-founded a company named Play Magnus AS which was based in Oslo, Norway. The company’s first product was an iOS app called Play Magnus, which allows the user to play a chess engine created using a database of thousands of his recorded tournaments.
Magnus Carlsen is considered as one of the smartest people in the world. He is currently the best chess player and a lot of people consider him as one of the greatest chess players of all time. He continues to better his game and there is no stopping to his growth in brilliancy as well as rating. Carlsen is inching towards the 2900 classical rating, which no human has ever achieved.
Carlsen has a Youtube channel where he posts chess videos. He also owns a company and has an app for chess tutorials. Magnus Carlsen Net Worth in 2020 is estimated to be $8 million.