The Guardian

The Carlsen era

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World chess champion

2013-present

World rapid chess champion

2014-15, 2019-present

World blitz chess champion

2009, 2014, 2017-present

Ranking Carlsen first became world No 1 in 2010, and has held that status since 1 July 2011 – making him second only to Garry Kasparov in terms of time spent as the world’s top-ranked player. In 2013 Kasparov said: “Carlsen’s intuitive style conserves the mystique of chess at a time when every CPU-enhanced fan thinks the game is easy. Carlsen is as charismati­c and independen­t as he is talented. If he can rekindle the world’s fascinatio­n with the royal game, we will soon be living in the Carlsen Era.”

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