Magnus Carlsen Becomes The Youngest Number One Ranked Chess Player In The World

FIDE has just released its January 1st 2010 rating list, and it has the 19-year-old Norwegian grandmaster Magnus Carlsen with 2810 in the number one slot, five points ahead of number two Veselin Topalov, and twenty points above World Champion Viswanathan Anand. Magnus is the youngest player to cross the 2800 mark and to top the world rankings.

The brightest talent in a generation according to his Russian coach and chess great Garry Kasparov, Norway's Carlsen will officially become the world's youngest ever top ranked player when new rankings come out at the start of 2010.

Dubbed the "Mozart of chess," Carlsen plays with a healthy dose of natural intuition on top of deep analysis and pursues other interests that he believes help his game.

He brushes aside comparisons with the world's troubled chess geniuses such as Bobby Fisher, a prodigy and champion who became engulfed by chess and detached from the rest of the world.

Norway's Magnus Carlsen has become the youngest person ever to top the world ranking in chess.

The 19-year-old was listed as number one in the World Chess Federation's January statistics with a rating of 2,810.

The Norwegian Chess Federation Monday said Carlsen is the youngest person to hold the title since ratings were introduced in 1971.