Magnus Carlsen made big waves in the chess world earlier this month. Not just for winning the London Chess Classic – Carlsen scored five wins and three draws to put up 18 points under the 3-1-0 scoring system used there, collecting his third title in the four years the event has been held – but for what happened as a result of that triumph. Magnus Carlsen’s unofficial live rating now stands at 2861, which (once it becomes official on the next FIDE rating list) will make him the highest-rated chess player in history. That number is ten points higher than the previous mark, set by Garry Kasparov in 1999.

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