Magnus Carlsen (a 24-year-old from Norway) won the World Chess Championship 2014 on November 23 in Sochi, Russia. He defeated Viswanathan Anand (a 44-year-old from India). Carlsen was the winner of the World Chess Championship last year as well. He became the youngest person to be ranked the World Number One chess player in 2010. He was just 19 years old at the time. Carlsen started playing chess at the age of 5, and by the time he was 13, he was awarded the title of chess Grandmaster (a title given to only the most excellent chess players around the globe). Carlsen can play multiple chess games simultaneously, while not looking at the chess boards and just being told verbally what moves his competitors have made. He is often called the “Mozart of Chess”. He not only plays chess but also has been a model for a clothing company. He has an app called “Play Magnus” where you can play against a chess engine tuned by the man himself. Here are videos about his app and him.
Image Credits: http://www.sochi2014.fide.com/ for Carlsen’s image
Sources: http://www.sochi2014.fide.com/, http://magnuscarlsen.com/