What are the chess ratings of all of the Magnus Carlsen ages?

Trace the remarkable chess achievements of Magnus Carlsen, from becoming a Candidate Master at 9 to one of the greatest chess players of all time at 31.


Magnus Carlsen is widely regarded as one of the greatest chess players of all time. From a young age, he has been shattering records and achieving remarkable feats in the world of chess. Let’s take a closer look at the major chess achievements of Magnus Carlsen at various stages of his career. This is a list of Magnus Carlsen’s ratings at each of his birthdays.

  • 9 years old: 900
    Norwegian rating.Became a Candidate Master, the second-highest chess title for players under 20 years old.
  • 10 years old: 1645
    Still Norwegian rating.
  • 11 years old: 2127
    FIDE rating now. Still behind my current rating. Yay!
  • 12 years old: 2250
    Oh well, he surpassed me. Magnus became an FM at age 11.
  • 13 years old: 2450
    Magnus became an IM at age 12.
  • 14 years old: 2581
    Magnus became a GM at age 13, the youngest in the world and the second youngest ever at the time.
  • 15 years old: 2570
    Magnus went through his only real slump that year.
  • 16 years old: 2698
    Magnus played in his first super tournaments right around this time.
  • 17 years old: 2714
    Magnus reached 2700 at 16 as the youngest ever, a record that has since been beaten by Wei Yi.
  • 18 years old: 2786
    Magnus was now number four in the world.
  • 19 years old: 2801
    Magnus reached 2800 at 18 as the youngest ever. The record still stands.
  • 20 years old: 2802
    Magnus became the highest rated player in the world at 19, as the youngest ever.
  • 21 years old: 2826
    Magnus solidified his top spot on the world rankings this year, and has held it since.
  • 22 years old: 2848
    Magnus was really closing in on Kasparov’s rating record now, and surpassed it shortly after his 22nd birthday.
  • 23 years old: 2870
    At this point there was a whopping 70 point difference between Magnus and the second rated player, Aronian.
  • 24 years old: 2863
    Magnus peaked at 2882 (unofficially 2889) that year, the highest rating ever.
  • 25 years old: 2850
    A minor dip in form.
  • 26 years old: 2853
    Still number one by a good margin.
  • 27 years old: 2837
    His rating dipped to 2822 this year, the lowest it’s been the last decade.
  • 28 years old: 2835
    Caruana was only 3 rating points behind at this point, the smallest margin in over a decade.
  • 29 years old: 2870
    Magnus returned to form and peaked at 2882 again this year, tying his all-time record.
  • 30 years old: 2862
    Magnus didn’t play much during the height of the pandemic, but remained numer one by a large margin.
  • 31 years old: 2855
    Still number one by a good margin.

He’s currently rated 2867 unofficially as of August 3 2022.

From a young prodigy to the undisputed world champion, Magnus Carlsen has achieved remarkable feats throughout his chess career, rewriting the record books at nearly every stage of his development. His unprecedented success and dominance in the game have solidified his legacy as one of the greatest chess players of all time.

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