Mozart of Chess: Magnus Carlsen

At age 21, chess grandmaster Magnus Carlsen is the number one player in the world and says he loves to see his opponents squirm.

It was speed chess, the formula one of the sport, a race against the clock.

Kasparov started slow. Magnus started getting bored.

Magnus Carlsen: I sat there for a few seconds and then I thought to myself, "You know what? I don't know why he's thinking. But I know what my response is going to be anyway. So I'll just walk off and watch the other games."

Kasparov had never played anyone so young. But he did not exude confidence or happiness. And he did not win. Magnus played him to a draw. It was a sensation. Kasparov left quickly. No "nice game, kid." Nothing.

How did Magnus react? Guess. He thought he had blown it.

Magnus Carlsen: When I actually got to winning position I had little time, I was nervous, and I couldn't finish him off.

Simon: Why were you nervous?

Magnus Carlsen: I was playing Kasparov. I was intimidated.

Simon: You were intimidated by playing the world's champion when you were already 13 years old?

Magnus Carlsen: Yeah. Go figure.

It warranted a celebration, of course, and Magnus got to choose.

Magnus Carlsen: Yes. I went to my family-- I went with my family and had some ice cream at McDonald's.

By the time he was nineteen, the boy with the ice cream had become number one in the world.

Frederic Friedel: He has a very deep understanding of chess.

Frederic Friedel's company, Chess Base, publishes the world's most popular chess program.

Simon: Is this an indication of genius?

Friedel: Of genius and raw talent. Now, Magnus has-- still hasn't reached his peak. He hasn't really worked yet.

Simon: I've heard him described as lazy, which I find quite extraordinary.