Magnus Carlsen a double #1?

by ChessBase
12/20/2019 – Magnus Carlsen likes to be number one all things. The Guardian recently announced that the chess world champion is one of the world's top players in the Fantasy Premier League. Now he's up to #3 in the world. A quick update from last Friday's account.

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Carlsen's fantasy football update

When he's not playing chess, Magnus Carlsen has various hobbies. One of them is participation in the Fantasy Premier League (football / soccer). Players create their own virtual teams from the pool of players of the Premier League teams. For the results and performances of the individual players, points are earned after each match day, which add up to an overall rating. So the game is kind of like being a football manager.

It seems a good memory and a good strategy are not only an advantage when it comes to chess, as Magnus Carlsen is impressively proving. The world champion is not only atop the rankings in chess, but as we noted one week ago, he's also doing remarkably well in a massive fantasy football league — briefly touching the number one spot before slipping back to his current third place ranking. He had every reason to be proud — that's #3 out of 7,207,902 total players!

Carlsen updated his Twitter profile during his brief stint at #1

If he wins the series, he'll have some nice prizes in store. The winner is invited to England for a week, can watch two games and see many sights. There is also a watch from TAG Heuer, a manager jacket from Nike, a backpack, a T-shirt, and the game FIFA 20 with game console. 

You can follow his progress yourself via his fantasy team's page.

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