Magnus Carlsen


In the prestigious Linares chess tournament Carlsen met the following top-rated players: Veselin Topalov, Viswanathan Anand, Peter Svidler, Alexander Morozevich, Levon Aronian, Peter Leko, and Vassily Ivanchuk (replacing Teimour Radjabov). With the significantly lowest ELO rating, he achieved a 2nd place (on tiebreaks) with 7.5 points after 4 wins, 7 draws and 3 losses, and an ELO performance of 2778.

Magnus, born in Norway November 30, 1990, may be the greatest chess prodigy of all time.  He is arguably ahead of the pace of either Fischer or Kasparov.


Should we qualify that: greatest human prodigy of all time?

"Magnus, born in Norway November 30, 1990, may be the greatest chess prodigy of all time. He is arguably ahead of the pace of either Fischer or Kasparov"

Poor kid.

I believe that the "human" comment was meant to compare Magnus to Blue Gene rather than comparing him to Mozart.

He's playing in the Candidates Matches today against Aronian, for a chance to play in the World Championship. Aronian is the clear favorite and will probably win, in my opinion, but this kid has recently proved himself to be worthy to play at the highest level, so we shall see. It would be hard to believe that this kid will not be world champion within the next 6 yrs.

Children like these make me wonder whether we'll ever have a situation similar to "Ender's Game"

Carlsen lost today, for those interested. He has to play +1 over the next 3 games to stay alive.

Yeah but I bet I can take him at beer pong.

It is one of the Well Known Facts that mathematicians do all their best work in their first few years, teens or twenties, and then burn out after about thirty.

If you look at any given math whiz, however, and take the publications between, say, sixteen and thirty, and then assume that the actual work was done between birth and the time of publication, what you end up with is a pretty even level of output from birth to senescence.

In the same sense, I don't see anything that weird about a real youngster being good at chess. I think it may be that today's society is more open than earlier ones to actually letting the very young out o their playrooms and into the public sphere.

I agree with the Chinese dude. Good point!

To the earlier comments about burning out: neither Fischer nor Kasparov "burnt out". Fischer rejected the rules FIDE put forth for the Championship. He lost by default, and it remains the only World Championship to pass by default in the chess world. Kasparov withdrew from serious play to pursue a more active role in Russian politics, which he sees as "going the wrong way". He was also exhausted from ongoing battles with FIDE about regulations. As for Carlsen being the next champ...who knows? Gata Kamsky is also in the running, and he's a very strong player. Let's not forget about Anand either, the current champ. I'd very much like to see Carlsen at the top, but he's still got quite a long road ahead of him. But he's come this far....who knows what the future holds? :)

well he's arguebly the greatest chess genius of all time and chess is harder then hell to master yet alone be in the top ten in the world

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