Monday, 28 December 2015

Super humans - Magnus Carlsen

After the history of IQ testing series, i will start a new one. I will point out some of the well known gifted children, examples of what means to be a prodigy in doesn't matter what field. Today is chess.

Sven Magnus Øen Carlsen (Norwegian: [sʋɛn ˈmɑŋnʉs øːn ˈkɑːɭsn̩]; born 30 November 1990) is a Norwegian chess grandmaster, No. 1 ranked player in the world and reigning World Chess Champion in classical and rapid. His peak rating is 2882, the highest in history. A chess prodigy, Carlsen became a Grandmaster in 2004, at the age of 13 years, 148 days, making him one of the youngest grandmasters in history. On 1 January 2010, at the age of 19 years, 32 days, he became the youngest chess player in history to be ranked world No. 1. In November 2013, Carlsen defeated Viswanathan Anand in the World Chess Championship 2013, thus becoming the new world chess champion. On the May 2014 FIDE rating list, Carlsen reached his top Elo rating of 2882, the highest in history. He successfully defended his title in November 2014, once again defeating Viswanathan Anand. In 2015, he won the inaugural Grand Chess Tour, a series of three supertournaments featuring the 10 best chess super-grandmasters in the world. Carlsen was known for his attacking style as a teenager but has since developed into a more universal player. He does not focus on opening preparation as much as other top players and plays a variety of openings, making it harder for opponents to prepare against him. His positional mastery and endgame prowess have drawn comparisons to those of former world champions José Raúl Capablanca, Vasily Smyslov, and Anatoly Karpov. He remember me of young Polgar girls. 

One beautiful movie about him here.

Coming soon: Terence Tao, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Srinivasa Ramamujan, Mozart, Gauss,  Stephen Wolfram, William James Sidis, Champollion, Blaise Pascal, Allan Kay, Lang Lang, Evgeny Kissin, Midori, Bobby Fisher, Tiger Woods, Kim Ung-yong, Tony Royster Jr, Colin Camerer, Polgar Susan. Judith and Sofia, Justin Frankel, Harvey Friedman, Harry Connick Jr, Savion Glover, Jet Li, Budhia Singh, Edmund Thomas Clint, Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar and maybe few more.

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