About Magnus Carlsen:
Sven Magnus Øen Carlsen is a Norwegian chess grandmaster, No. 1 ranked player in the world and reigning World Chess Champion in classical, rapid and blitz. His peak rating is 2882, the highest in history.
Once you're a chess player, you spend a lot of time thinking about the game and you can't get it completely out of your head.
It's nice to be financially secure. Apart from that, I really don't care too much about money.
It's just not my nature to go around idolizing people.
Chess only appeals to quite a small minority. It does not have the cachet of a mainstream popular sport.
One of the things that first attracted me to chess is that it brings you into contact with intelligent, civilized people - men of the stature of Garry Kasparov, the former world champion, who was my part-time coach.