November 18, 2016 — Magnus, the acclaimed documentary about the 25-year old chess Grandmaster Magnus Carlsen, opens theatrically today.
As a child, Sven Magnus Øen Carlsen was an acknowledged chess prodigy; he was (and is) considered to have a unique combination of ability, phenomenal memory and extraordinary creativity. He became a Grandmaster at the age of 13, the third youngest in history. In 2010, at the age of 19, he became the youngest chess player to be ranked No. 1 by the World Chess Federation.
He has held all three of the world championship titles and has held the highest World Chess Federation rating (2882) of all time.
He has been nicknamed “The Mozart of Chess.”
Through November 30, the World Chess Federation is sponsoring the 2016 World Chess Championship. Magnus Carlsen is defending his title. He and challenger Sergey Karjakin are competing for 12 games; the prize will be at least $1.1 million.
As of November 17, the match was tied. all games have ended in ties.
Benjamin Ree’s feature documentary Magnus tells the story of this remarkable young man. Director Benjamin Ree has followed Magnus’ career for ten years, amassing a remarkable 500 hours of footage.
Magnus opens theatrically today. Check here for theaters and schedules.