11/22/2013 at 01:00 PM EST
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 game with his sense of humor and his laser-like focus. After learning to play chess from his father, Carlsen won his first tournament at 8, and at 13, defeated Russian champ Anatoly Karpov and became a grandmaster.
Unlike others drawn to the intellectual game, the dimpled-faced Carlsen, a native of Tonsberg, Norway, has appeared on the cover of British GQ"
magazine and has modeled part-time, including a 2010 campaign for G-Star Raw, with actress Liv Tyler
True to his generation, he Tweeted this prophetic photo
from his training camp in October: