Top 10 Chess Players: Magnus Carlsen (1990–) Norway

By James Eade

It is harder than ever to dominate at the world-class level. Sophisticated software and the international emphasis on identifying and nurturing young chess talent has given rise to an amazing number of first-class players. Somehow Carlsen has managed to stand out among his peers.

It isn’t news when he wins. It’s news when he doesn’t. If he has a weakness in his game, his peers have yet to identify it, let alone exploit it. He is still very young, but, if he continues his stellar play, there is no telling how far he will eventually climb on this list.