Microsoft sponsored number 1 ranked World Chess Grandmaster plays ten people blindly, Magnus Carles demostrates blindfold chess which isn’t new and has been practiced for centuries. But Magnus Carlsen has the ability to play 10 people verses one at once blindly and beat them all.
Magnus Carles is also a walking billboard for practice makes perfect. Watering a craft to the level of genuis is remarkable. Magnus may be a Savant, but this still takes nothing away from him earning millions and understanding of chess.
We also play chess and in the past have ranked ourselves as good, but often were reminded of its complexities by recalling the times when beating everyone until someone on master level destroyed us in a few moves. We can only imagine the level of play from a grand master. Some playing chess at the tender age of three everyday for 10-15 years. That would easy grant knowing over 50 proven and studied opening moves.
Magnus Carlsen was born in Tønsberg, Norway, the 30th November 1990. He learnt to play chess from his father at the age of 5. The game very soon became his big passion. Magnus first goal was to beat his sister, then his father and it obviously didn’t stop there. Magnus became an International Grandmaster at the age of 13, the youngest at the time.
In October 2009, during the Nanjing Pearl Spring tournament, he became the fifth chess player in the history to achieve an Elo-rating over 2800 – by far the youngest to do so. That year he also became The World Blitz Chess Champion.
On January the 1st of 2010 the new FIDE list was published and at the age of 19 Magnus became the youngest ever chess player to be ranked World Number One.