Magnus Carlsen was born November 30, 1990, in Tønsberg, Norway. Here are some quick facts about his journey/success:
- A child prodigy who became the second-youngest GM in history
- In 2021, he became the eighth-youngest GM
- In 2009, he became the youngest player to break the 2800-rating threshold
- In 2011, he took the world's number one ranking spot and has yet to be defeated
- In 2013, he won the world title and continued to defend it four times after
- He has won multiple world titles
- rapid (twice)
- blitz (four times) time controls
- Earned the highest rating ever
- Won several elite tournaments
- In 2020, He set another world record with his 125-game undefeated streak where he scored 42 wins and 83 draws during this streak.
Alireza Firouzja was born June 18, 2003 in Babol, Iran. Here are some quick facts about this grandmaster journey/success:
- Is the youngest, world-class player in the world
- He is a two-time Iranian champion and the reigning European Fischer Random champion
- In 2021 he become the only teenager to be ranked in top 15 list
- In 2019 placed second in the World Rapid Championship with his 5/7 start at the 2020 Tata Steel tournament
- He won the Riga Grand Swiss where he scored 8/9 which placed him second in the world rankings with a 2804 rating
- At the age of 18, he became one of the youngest to qualify for the 2022 Candidates Tournament because of his Grand Swiss victory
- Broke the record for youngest player to exceed a 2800 rating.
Ding Liren was born October 24, 1992, in Wenzhou, Zhejiang, China. Here are some quick facts about this super grandmaster journey/success:
- At the age of 16, he won his first Chinese Chess Championship
- Was the youngest person to win the Chinese Chess Championship
- In 2017 and 2019 he was the first player in history to reach the finals twice in a row for the Chess World Cup
- His three Chinese titles are joined by two team gold medals and one individual gold medal at the Chess Olympiads (plus one team gold medal at the World Team Championships).
- From 2017 to 2018, he was the longest in history to hold a 100-game unbeaten streak in top-level chess competition
- In 2018, he broke the 2800-rating mark
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