Magnus Carlsen Becomes Youngest Ever to Top World Rankings In Chess
January 4, 2010
(ChattahBox) — At 19-years-old, Norway’s Magnus Carlsen has become the youngest person ever to be No. 1 in the world ranking in chess, as of January. With a rating of 2,810, he tops the rankings ahead of Bulgaria’s Veselin Topalov and Viswanathan Anand of India.
Dubbed the “Mozart of chess,” Carlsen has competed in chess since childhood and became a grandmaster at 13. The Norwegian Chess Federation Monday said Carlsen is the youngest person to hold the title since ratings were introduced in 1971.
Ironically or perhaps poetically, the previous youngest was chess legend Garry Kasparov, who first reached number one aged 20, but now coaches Carlsen. Carlsen says that he owes much to Kasparov, who polishes his opening gambits and offers “lots of psychological advice” detailing the weaker sides of his leading opponents, many of whom he played before retiring in 2005. Kasparov declared in an email to Reuters, calling him a “once-in-a-generation talent.”
“Before this year he did not have to work particularly hard. To maintain his position as No. 1 he will have to accustom himself to a more rigorous workload,” said Kasparov.
If Carlsen develops great rivalries with opponents, he could become one of the “greatest ever” grandmasters, Kasparov adds.