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He gives nerds a good name. Magnus Carlsen was crowned the new world chess champion on Friday, ousting Indian champ Viswanathan Anand by a score of 6.5-3.5, which offered him the highest rating of all time. At 22, Carlsen, of Norway, is the second-youngest world champion and has already earned the nickname as the game's Harry Potter from former chess master and coach Garry Kasparov, who called his talent "limitless" in a column for Business Insider. The youthful star, who looks like he could be related to Matt Damon, has already earned praise for adding new and modern appeal to the »


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