He’s the highest-rated player to have ever played his game — chess. Magnus Carlsen brings sex appeal to the staid world of chess. The defending world champion is a 25-year-old Norwegian who’s been named one of the world’s sexiest men.
Carlsen has a rugged, brooding look which I am sure is attractive to some. He does a good frown and scowl. This means that, on the rare occasions that he smiles, it comes as something of a surprise. It’s like the sun emerging from behind dark thunderclouds and then disappearing again. Well, that’s the public persona. Maybe Carlsen smiles a lot more in private.