GM Magnus Carlsen Becomes World’s Youngest Top One Chess Player
The World Chess Federation (FIDE) released its 2010 official rankings last Friday, January 1 and topping the list is Norwegian grandmaster Magnus Carlsen, aged 19 years and 32 days. This made him the youngest ever world number one chess player.
Carlsen got an Elo rating of 2810, making him the fifth player to get past the 2800 mark. He is also the 2009 World Blitz Chess Champion, where he is also the youngest title holder. The last time a player from a Western nation became top one was n 1972 when Bobby Fischer took the honors.
Carlsen became a grandmaster on April 26, 2004 aged 13 years and 148 days. He’s the third youngest grandmaster in history.
The new world number one is currently being coached by Garry Kasparov, considered the greatest chess player of all time and himself ranked world number one for a record 23 times.
Meanwhile the FIDE 2010 official listing ranked Bulgaria’s Veselin Topalov with Elo rating of 2805 as world number two while Indian world champion Viswanathan Anand is third with 2,790 points.