22-year-old chess prodigy wins World Chess Championship

By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer

Magnus as a boy
Magnus Carlsen concentrating deeply in 2005.

22-year-old Magnus Carlsen has been crowned the number one chess champion in the world, after defeating defending champ, Viswanathan Anand. After 10 games, in which he won 3 and drew 7, Carlsen earned the highest rating of all time with a 6.5-3.5 victory.

Anand was no pushover either, as the Indian chess grandmaster has won the World Chess Championship five times.

Carlsen just barely missed being the youngest player to ever win the title, since Garry Kasparov was a few weeks younger when he became the World Chess Champion in 1985. However, he was the youngest chess player in history to be ranked world No. 1 on January 1, 2010, at the age of 19 years and 32 days. When he was 13, Carlsen became a grandmaster, the highest title in chess.

The Norwegian chess master is definitely a prodigy – someone who’s shown exceptional ability since a young age. He could solve 50-piece jigsaw puzzles at age 2, build lego sets at age 4 that were meant for kids 10-14, and learned to play chess at 5. Carlsen practiced his skills by playing alone for hours at a time, trying different combinations and positions in the game.

Not only does the young prodigy have plenty of brains to go around, he’s also a part-time model who’s been featured on the front cover of GQ magazine. As for his personality, the Norwegian’s down to earth and charming manners endear him to many throughout the world.

Featured image courtesy of Frans Peeters on Wikipedia.