He is a Ukrainian chess player who is currently 35 years old. He scored 7½/9 (+6−0=3), half a point ahead of Nakamura and Anand, for a performance rating of 2903. He was officially awarded the IM title on 20 August 2003. Carlsen also holds the record for the longest unbeaten run in chess.. , On 8 May, Carlsen played an exhibition game at Oslo City against the people of Norway, assisted by a grandmaster panel consisting of Simen Agdestein, Jon Ludvig Hammer, and Leif Erlend Johannessen. The Chess Oscar, organised by the Russian chess magazine 64, was awarded to the year's best player according to a worldwide poll of leading chess critics, writers, and journalists, but it was no longer awarded after 2013, as 64 ceased publication. He finished second, with 5½/9, half a point behind Boris Gelfand.  Carlsen won the fifth edition of Shamkir Chess, held from 18 to 28 April, finishing clear first with a score of 6/9 (+3−0=6). On 17 March, in a blitz chess tournament in Reykjavík, Iceland, Carlsen defeated former World Champion Anatoly Karpov. , Carlsen participated in the sixth edition of Shamkir Chess, held from 31 March to 9 April. https://images-chesscomfiles-com.cdn.ampproject.org/ii/w820/s/images.chesscomfiles.com/uploads/v1/images_users/tiny_mce/CHESScom/phpr6zjDv.jpeg 820w" class="i-amphtml-fill-content i-amphtml-replaced-content" style="height:0px;width:0px;margin:auto;padding:0px;border:none;" />.  Carlsen said he did not believe there was a direct connection.  Agdestein said that Carlsen had an excellent memory and played an unusually wide range of openings. , Carlsen played nine games for Norway in the 41st Chess Olympiad, scoring five wins, two draws, and two losses (against Arkadij Naiditsch and Ivan Šarić). Caruana won the event with 6½/9 (+4−0=5). Firouzja initially rose to fame when he came in second to Carlsen in the Moscow World Blitz in December. , Film director J. J. Abrams offered Carlsen a role in the movie Star Trek Into Darkness as "a chess player from the future", but Carlsen was unable to get a work permit in time for shooting. " In 2012, when asked what he learnt from working with Kasparov, Carlsen answered: "Complex positions. , From 26 to 30 December, Carlsen played in the 2017 World Rapid and World Blitz Chess Championships, held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. For more details, see our, Getty Images for World Chess / Getty Images, Chess Player Titles (Class, Master, and FIDE), 6 Types of Draws in Chess That You Should Know.
, Position after 17...c5. , From 9 to 14 November, Carlsen faced Ding Liren in the 2017 Champions Showdown, a match consisting of 10 rapid and 20 blitz games, hosted by the Saint Louis Chess Club. He scored an undefeated 8/10, winning every game as white (against Topalov, Wang Yue, Leko, Teimour Radjabov, and Dmitry Jakovenko), and also winning as black against Jakovenko. The highest of these titles is grandmaster.