Wunderkind Magnus Carlsen (1990-) is a Norwegian Grandmaster and current World Champion. While Magnus is still a work in progress he's been developing a superb positional game and backing away from his earlier tactical tendencies.

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Anand - Carlsen Game 1 WCh 2014, why not 12.Qc3+?

In game 1 of the World Championship 2014 between Carlsen and Anand, Anand chose 12.gxf3. Why not play 12.Qc3+ instead? It takes control over the a1-h8 diagonal and prevents the black Nc6 to jump to d4 ...
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Is it theoretically possible for Carlsen to reach Elo 3000?

Magnus Carlsen just reached a rating of 2889.2 today. Considering the way that Elo works, inflation and deflation and relative strength of Carlsen, I was wondering whether it is theoretically possible ...
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Carlsen vs Gelfand World Championship Candidates (2013). Could Gelfand have held it with 44…Bxf1!

[FEN "8/5p1k/1P4p1/2P4p/2b4P/5Q2/5PP1/4qBK1 b - - 0 44"] This position occurred on move 44 in the Carlsen vs Gelfand game in the World Championship Candidates, 2013. Here, Gelfand played ...
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Why Anand and Carlsen insisted on playing the same opening/defense

They played the Berlin defense and Ruy Lopez. Well the question is more like: why Anand insisted to play Ruy Lopez again and again. wouldn't be better if he had tried najdorf and nimzo indian earlier? ...
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Why has Carlsen's Elo not changed?

Just looking up Carlsen's Elo and it is still 2870. I know his next goal is to reach 2900. Did the 3 wins in the world chess championship simply not give him any rating points, or does FIDE take a ...
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Did Anand have a forced win at any point in Game 9 of the 2013 Anand-Carlsen world champhionship match?

For much of today's Anand-Carlsen game, white seemed to have a powerful mating attack. But from the analyses I've seen, there was never a point where it was clear that black would not be able to ...
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Can Magnus Carlsen force draw (pun-intended) himself to victory?

So far Carlsen has a 2 game lead over Anand and there are only 4 games left. At the strength of these players, can Magnus basically force his opponent into draws by playing certain openings or ...
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Is the first game of World Chess Championship 2013 shortest game in WCC history?

First game of World Chess Championship 2013, Carlsen vs. Anand ended up drawn after just 16 moves. Is this shortest game in the history of world chess championship?
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What was the question asked to Magnus Carlsen which he refused to translate?

Does any one know what was the question asked to Magnus Carlsen on 7th Nov during inaugural press conference of world championship 2013 which he refused to translate in english? And also, what was the ...
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Rating calculations for Anand-Carlsen world championship

I have some interesting questions that have to do with the rating changes and calculations for the Anand-Carlsen world championship. First, some preliminary information: Carlsen's live rating: ...
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How high is the level of professional blitz tournaments?

A GM has an elo of at least 2500, and Magnus Carlsen has an elo of almost 2900, so I think you can safely say that most games between grandmasters at a level of 2400-3000 elo. This is obviously very ...
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Why did Magnus Carlsen drop out of World Championship in 2011?

I heard from a friend of mine that Magnus Carlsen did not play the Candidate Matches in 2011. Why did he do that?
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Has there been much research on rating inflation?

Magnus Carlsen's draw in yesterday's round of the 2012 London Chess Classic assured that his rating in the next published FIDE rating list will surpass Kasparov's previous record of 2851. I've ...
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How come chess prodigies seem to start in young ages?

I started looking into the history of a few grandmasters such as Fischer and Carlsen, but why does it seem to have its "kings" and queens" playing the game from a young age? Can anyone show me any ...
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What is it about Magnus Carlsen?

It seems every where I read, Magnus Carlsen is involved in a discussion on if he is or will be the greatest chess player of all time. It also seems as if some are crowning him world champion even ...