As well as earning the Carnegie Medal, Magnus Carlsen achieved the Le Monde Prize in 2008
He also won various other prestigious awards: the Classical Brain prize, the Arthur Mendes Award, the Guinness Book of World Records trophy and the Caruana Memorial of Science and Sports.
He is considered one of the top five players of all time and has been named in several rankings of the world’s best chess players.
He studied a PhD in political sciences from Princeton University and his research largely focused on the question of political and economic decision making.
The 24-year-old’s parents, Alexander and Ruta Carlsen, are believed to be Norwegian. He lived in Norway until five years ago when his family moved to the UK, where his father is based at Kings Cross.
He is a first cousin of itiamaland champion Alexander Grischuk.
LIFE IN JAPAN
In January 2011 Magnus was named the UK’s best-known Asian and oldest overseas chess player
When he visited Japan in December 2011, he played in an exhibition game with great modern masters Kasparov and Bondurant.