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Triple crown World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen was born in Tønsberg, Norway on November 30th, 1990 and it wasn’t before long that he began to learn the game of chess. Although Magnus began learning chess around the age of 5, he didn’t begin to show much interest until he saw his older sister playing well. After achieving his goal of defeating his sister and then father, his enthusiasm for chess grew. Magnus became an International Grandmaster at the age of 13, the youngest at the time. In October 2009, during the Nanjing Pearl Spring tournament, he became the fifth chess player in the history to achieve an Elo-rating over 2800 –by far the youngest to do so. That year he also became The World Blitz Chess Champion. On January 1st of 2010, the new FIDE list was published and at the age of 19, Magnus became the youngest ever chess player to be ranked World Number One. Since July 2011, he has been the highest rated chess player in the world.