Magnus Carlsen Timeline

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Magnus Carlsen: The life of the World’s Top Chess Player

Nov 30, 1990

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Magnus is Born

Magnus Carlsen (Sven Magnus Øen Carlsen), was born Nov 30, 1990, in Tønsberg, Norway.
His father enjoyed the game more than Carlsen at first, but he came to like it even more with time. He started playing chess at the age of 5.
By 7, he was a skilled player, having beaten his father in their first game together when he was 10.


7 years old magnus carlsen

Participated in Norwegian Chess Championship

As an eight-year-old , Magnus Carlsen competed in his first event, where he scored 6.6 /11 points. 

June 2002

Carlsen’s FIDE Rating rise from 904 to 1907

In June 2000, the Carlsen’s FIDE rating made a dramatic jump from 904 to 1907. While competing against some of Norway’s best juniors in September 2000, he scored 3.2/5 points and earned a Tournament Performance Rating (TPR) of roughly 2000.


Achieved His First GM Norm

Magnus Carlsen, a 13-year-old Norwegian chess player, achieved his first GM norm. With 29 moves, he beat Sipke Ernst in the penultimate round of Corus 2004, sacrificing material in order to achieve mate in one. Despite becoming the youngest player ever to compete in the FIDE World Chess Championship, Carlsen was eliminated in the first round by Levon Aronian.


Defeated Zurab Azmaiparashvili

After defeating Zurab Azmaiparashvili in the first round of the 2005 tournament, he went on to beat Farrukh Amonatov and Ivan Cheparinov to go to the second round. His defeat by Gata Kamsky in the second round was followed by victories over Joel Lautier and Vladimir Malakhov in the first round. He then became youngest candidate for the World Championship in chess history.


Won the Norwegian Chess Championship

Magnus Carlsen, won the 2006 Norwegian Chess Championship and shared first place with Liviu-Dieter Nisipeanu and Vladimir Malakhov in the 2006 international ‘Bosna’ tournament in Sarajevo. As a result of his participation in the 37th Chess Olympiad, he got a personal best (PBR) rating of 2820. Carlsen competed in a team match between the “Experience” and the “Rising Stars” to earn a spot in the 2007 Melody Amber tournament.


Participated in Melody Amber blind and rapid chess tournament

Melody Amber blind and rapid chess tournament in Monte Carlo was Carlsen’s debut outing. In the blindfold games, he had 8 draws and 3 defeats, as well as three victories, seven draws, and one loss in the quick games. He took part in Candidates Tournament for FIDE World Chess Championship in May and June of this year.

June 2008

Won the annual Aerosvit chess tournament

He won the Aerosvit tournament in June and took second place in Mainz World Rapid Chess Championship. The 6 FIDE Grand Prix 2008–2010, which served as a qualifying event for the 2012 World Chess Championship, featured him as one of 21 competitors. His second appearance in Melody Amber blind and quick chess competition, conducted for the first time in Nice in March, was his best performance ever. It was another 2800+ PR for Carlsen, who scored 8/14 in Linares.


Won the category 21 Nanjing Pearl Spring tournament

Veselin Topalov, the world’s top-ranked player at the moment, finished second to Magnus Carlsen in the category 21 Nanjing Pearl Spring tournament, winning by 212 points. In every game he played, he was victorious, and he had a rating of 3002. One of the best tournament performances of all time, and the best chess play by a teenager, according to chess expert Jeff Sonas. Carlsen also triumphed in the World Blitz Championship, which was held in Moscow, Russia, on November 16-18. Veselin Topalov has been No. 2 on the FIDE rating list since July 2009, when Magnus Carlsen overtook him.


Won 72nd Corus chess tournament

The 72nd Corus chess tournament, which ran from January 16 to 31, was won by Carlsen with 812 points. After an undefeated run of 36 rated games, his defeat to Kramnik in the ninth round put an end to it. In March, it was revealed that Carlsen and Kasparov had parted ways and that Carlsen would no longer be working with Kasparov in this capacity. As of October, the Grand Slam Masters title had gone to Magnus Carlsen of Norway. He had already qualified by won three of the four Grand Slam tournaments of the previous year.

July 16 – 29, 2011

Won 44th Biel Grandmaster tournament

Carlsen won the 44th Biel Grandmaster tournament in July, becoming the first Norwegian to do so. After competing against Fabiano Caruana, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Alexander Morozevich, and Yannick Pelletier, he came out on top with a score of 19/30 (+51=4; three points for victory). Carlsen and Lev Aronian were tied in the final standings, but Carlsen prevailed in the tiebreak thanks to the fact that he played more black games than Aronian. Carlsen’s string of tournament wins came to an end in the London Chess Classic when he finished in a tie for 3rd place.


Participated in Tata Steel Chess Tournament

At Tata Steel Chess Tournament, Carlsen shared second place with Aronian and was tied with Radjabov and Caruana. Afterwards, he placed second in the Grandmaster Tournament of Biel. He finished the competition without losing a game, just like he did in Tal Memorial earlier this year. In So Paulo and Bilbao, the Grand Slam Chess Final included six players in a double round robin format. When Carlsen lost against Caruana in the first round (Bilbao), he went on to win three games in the second round (Alicante).


Played in the 75th Tata Steel Chess Tournament

The 2013 Candidates Tournament was held in London, where Carlsen competed. He beat Vladimir Kramnik in a tiebreak with a score of +5 – 2=7. A half-point behind eventual champion Sergey Karjakin in May’s final, Carlsen ended with a score of 5.5/9.


Won 77th Tata Steel Chess Tournament

Carlsen won the Tata Steel Chess Tournament in January. After a five-game tiebreak, he won the Grenke Chess Classic in February. Shamkir Chess Champion with a score of 7/9 (+5 – 0=4) in April. In the third iteration of Norway Chess, Carlsen came up short. Carlsen competed in the Sinquefield Cup from August 22 to September 3 this year.
He came in second place, a point behind finalist Levon Aronian, with a score of 5/9 (+3 – 2=4). FIDE World Rapid Championships in October saw him successfully defend his title.


Won the 78th Tata Steel Chess Tournament

In July, Magnus Carlsen triumphed in the ninth Bilbao Masters Final. He won the Wijk Aan Zee Tata Steel Chess Tournament in January. He represented Norway at the 42nd Chess Olympiad in September.

January 2017

Participated in 79th Tata Steel Chess Tournament

The 79th Tata Steel Chess Tournament took place in January, and Carlsen was one of the competitors. Fabiano Caruana and he finished in a tie for second place, but tied for third on tiebreakers. With a score of 4/9 (+1 – 2=6) in the round-robin competition in April, he ranked ninth. Carlsen took part in the Sinquefield Cup, the Grand Chess Tour’s inaugural classical event, from August 2 to 11. With a score of 512/9 (+3 – 1=5), he was tied for second place with Anand. The Isle of Man Open was won by Carlsen on October.


Won The Fischer Random Chess Championship

Magnus Carlsen, won the Fischer Random Chess Championship, an unofficial event. At the Sinquefield Cup, Carlsen and Caruana and Aronian tied for first place and shared the tournament victory.


Won the 7th Shamkir Chess tournament

Magnus Carlsen, has won the seventh Shamkir Chess tournament in a row, setting a new record. 2019 Grand Chess Tour’s opening leg was held in Côte d’Ivoire, and he won both the Rapid and Blitz events there. Carlsen’s rating rose to 2882, matching his previous high from 2014. Late in November, Carlsen took home the prize money from Tata Steel Rapid & Blitz. In 2019 Grand Chess Tour finals, he was beaten by Vachier-Lagrave on tie breaks.

January 10 – 26, 2020

Won the 8th Norway Chess

Magnus Carlsen, won the 8th Norway Chess, which took place from October 5 to 16. Jan-Krzysztof Duda ended Carlsen’s classical chess unbeaten streak at the tournament. After the COVID-19 pandemic, he also organized the first professional chess tournament since.


Participated in the 83rd Tata Steel Chess Tournament

Carlsen won the Norway Chess Championship and finished sixth in the Tata Steel Chess Tournament. He lost to Andrzej Duda in the World Rapid Chess Championship semi-final. Additionally, Carlsen competed in and placed 12th in the World Blitz Chess Championship.

In the sixth game, Carlsen beat Ian Nepomniachtchi, who had drawn the first five. When asked about his future plans after the match, Carlsen stated, “It is unlikely that I will play the next world championship match”.

January 2022

Won Tata Steel Chess Tournament for the 8th time

Carlsen won the Tata Steel Chess Tournament for the eighth time in January. His final score was 9.5/13, with no losses and six victories, including victories against Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Fabiano Caruana.

June 10, 2022

Won 10th Edition of Norwary Chess Tournament

Magnus Carlsen won the 10th edition of the Norway Chess Tournament (for the 5th time) that took place from May 31st to June 10th, 2022 in Stavanger. This is the 4th win by Magnus in a row. Carlsen vs Topalov was the final Armageddon Game of the Norway chess tournament.

FINAL ARMAGEDDON GAME of The Norway Chess Tournament 2022 – Magnus Carlsen vs Veselin Topalov

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