Full name Sven Magnus Øen Carlsen
Country Norway
Born 30 November 1990

FIDE rating 2826 (October 2017)

Magnus Carlsen (full name: Sven Magnus Øen Carlsen) is the 16th undisputed World Champion. He won the crown from Viswanathan Anand in November 2013 and successfully defended it in a return contest with the former title holder in November 2014.

Known for his attacking style as a teenager, Carlsen has since developed into a more universal player. He uses a variety of openings in order to make it more difficult for opponents to prepare against him and minimize the effect of computer analysis.[1] Carlsen has stated that the middlegame is his favorite part of the game because it "comes down to pure chess."[2] His positional mastery and endgame prowess have drawn comparisons to those of former World Champions Bobby Fischer, Anatoly Karpov, Vasily Smyslov, and José Raúl Capablanca.