Magnus Carlsen
In this photo taken Monday April 29, 2013 Norwegian chess champion Magnus Carlsen smiles during a press conference in Oslo. Carlsen has brought an injection of cool to the normally sedate world of global chess. And the 22-year-old’s home country is buzzing with excitement as he competes in a tournament here months before he tries to crack the greatest prize in the game: the chess World Championship. (AP Photo/Erlend Aas, Scanpix, File) NORWAY OUT

On Magnus Carlsen’s 26th Birthday, we bring you some of the lesser known facts about the number one ranked player in the World, who was also the youngest Grand Master when he became one on January 1, 2010. He’s now the third youngest grandmaster of all time.

Countries, check. Capitals, Check

By the time Magnus Carlsen was 5 years old, he could name almost all the countries in the world, with their capitals and as well as their population. He was always smart, wasn’t he?

Magnus Carlsen Childhood
Image Courtesy: Khelnama

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