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Norway: 'Mozart of chess' Magnus Carlsen welcomed home01:17

Norway: 'Mozart of chess' Magnus Carlsen welcomed home

Norway, Oslo
November 27, 2013 at 15:14 GMT +00:00 · Published

Norway: 'Mozart of chess' Magnus Carlsen welcomed home

Newly-crowned World Chess Champion, Magnus Carlsen, arrived in his native country on Wednesday, with fans and local media gathering at Oslo airport to greet him following the 22-year-old's dramatic win at the World Chess Championship on November 22.

Carlsen, who is also known as the 'Mozart of chess', defeated Viswanathan Anand in India on November 22. The youthful chess prodigy has a large female fan base, and has also tried his hand at modelling, featuring in a campaign for Dutch brand G-Star.

In January Carlsen shattered Russian chess champion Gerry Kasperov's record by ten points, achieving an Elo rating of 2862. He has since raised it a further 10 points, making the current record an astonishing 2872.

Carlsen learnt to play chess around age five, quickly beating his sister, father and many other opponents on his way to becoming an International Grandmaster at age 13, the youngest at that time.

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Norway: 'Mozart of chess' Magnus Carlsen welcomed home

Newly-crowned World Chess Champion, Magnus Carlsen, arrived in his native country on Wednesday, with fans and local media gathering at Oslo airport to greet him following the 22-year-old's dramatic win at the World Chess Championship on November 22.

Carlsen, who is also known as the 'Mozart of chess', defeated Viswanathan Anand in India on November 22. The youthful chess prodigy has a large female fan base, and has also tried his hand at modelling, featuring in a campaign for Dutch brand G-Star.

In January Carlsen shattered Russian chess champion Gerry Kasperov's record by ten points, achieving an Elo rating of 2862. He has since raised it a further 10 points, making the current record an astonishing 2872.

Carlsen learnt to play chess around age five, quickly beating his sister, father and many other opponents on his way to becoming an International Grandmaster at age 13, the youngest at that time.