Standards of Chess went way up when Computers were introduced to the game. Although the foundations to learn chess are still the same. But to become a  modern-day great, it is very important to become friends with chess computers or the engines as they call them. And this is where Magnus Carlsen is truly a modern-day great.

Today, the top players are the ones best prepared with engines.

But then there are players like Magnus Carlsen.  IQ wise, he scores a whopping 190 and when it comes to chess, it is said that he is “the genius who’ll only get better.”

Magnus Carlsen Chess Style of Play

Many Chess legends have tried to define Magnus’s style of playing chess. Gary Kasparov thinks and believes that Magnus is a lethal combination of Fischer and Karpov.

Vladimir Kramnik says he realized very early that 17 years old Magnus Carlsen was something very special and currently he believes Magnus can be the “Federer of Chess”. According to him, even if he stops preparing for future chess events, he is still capable to remain in top positions. Check out Vladimir’s thoughts in the video below:

How strong is Magnus Carlsen?

Magnus was once asked about how many chess games he remembers and the answer was a shocking 10,000.

And it’s not only his own games, Magnus’s memory is so phenomenal that he correctly guessed the right moves in 8 out of 9 games of Vishy Anand’s career. See for your self in the video below:

When Magnus was asked, what is it that makes him so special in chess, his answer was Intuitions, self-belief and chess skills backed with quick decision making.

Magnus Carlsen Rating in all Chess Formats

Magnus is an all around great player in all formats of chess. The table below is showing his rating and current world rank in Classical, Rapid and Blitz chess according to his FIDE profile.

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Classical ChessRapid ChessBlitz Chess
Rating: 2847Rating: 2881Rating: 2886
World Rank: 1World Rank: 1World Rank: 2

As you can see, Magnus Carlsen is currently world #1, #1 and #2 in classical, rapid and blitz chess.

And there is no other player in the top 10 in all three formats.

Magnus Carlsen Nickname

Magnus has many nicknames but the one that he truly is famous with is “The Mozart of Chess”. He got that name when CBS news did a program on his genius. See a video of it below:

Magnus Carlsen Net Worth:

According to the celebritynetworth site, Magnus Carlsen has a net worth of $8 Million. He is by far the most valuable chess player in the world in terms of net worth and sponsored by big brands and forums like chess24, where he regularly plays banter blitz with premier members.

Magnus Carlsen’s Interest in other Sports

Magnus is a big time Real Madrid fan and the Spainish Royal club even invited him to a match kick-off once. Watch it in a video below:

Also it seems like whatever Magnus does, he does it with perfection. In the famous Fantasy Premier League game of English football, Magnus Carlsen fpl ranking is currently under 10k among 8.2 million players.  Last season he finished 11th between 7.5 million players.

The Norwegian is so fond of football that he even picked a team of chess players based on their chess style of play and made a football team out of it. You can watch it in a video below:

Things you don’t know About Magnus Carlsen

  • Magnus Carlsen’s favourite football player is Muhammad Salah
  • Magnus’s favourite place is South Africa.
  • In his priority list of learning new things, Magnus Carlsen wants to learn a Guiter or Piano
  • Carlsen’s favourite food is Pasta

Below is the video source to all these facts.

What Magnus Thinks About Former World Champions?

This is how Magnus Carlsen ranked the former world champions based on a single quality:

  • Genius: Jose Raul Capablanca
  • Entertaining: Mikhail Tal
  • Influence: Garry Kasparov
  • Sanity: Vishwanathan Anand

Magnus Carlsen and The World Championship

Being the current world champion, Magnus will be defending his title in November in Dubai against an equal chess genius Ian Nepomniatchi of Russia. Ian has just won the Candidates tournament in Yekaterinburg with a round to spare, leaving Anish Giri dreaming for the title. But it was truly a sad moment to see a happy humourous person like Anish sad in the post-match interview after getting eliminated from the world championship. He was the fans favourite and you can see his reaction in the video below:

But that’s just the background. The thing of focus here is what are the odds of Magnus winning against Nepo in the World Championship?

And the answer to it is no one truly knows what will happen this time around.

At least it will not be 14 draws in 14 games like it was between Fabiano Caruana and Magnus Carlsen last time around. Back then, they were 12 classical games and they all ended up in a draw.

Magnus won in the Rapid event, where his American Challenger was not good enough at all.

But against Ian Nepomniatchi, even if the scores remain tied in the Classical event, no one can guarantee Magnus walking in the park in the Rapid event. Because Ian is one of the fastest chess players in the world. And his calculations and vision are no short of Magnus.

But then also comes the theory of Magnus is Magnus. He has done it against Vishy Anand, Sergey Karjakin and Fabiano Caruana and with the experience and exposure he has, Magnus clearly is at advantage against Ian Nepomniatchi.

But only time will tell who really has the stamina, muscle and valour to come out on top. Magnus surely will be the betting favourite of bookies.

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