“It made me feel a lot more comfortable chatting about the fact that I’m an active member of the chess club while previously it wasn’t something I would bring up as often because I was worried I would be stereotyped,” said Veronica Hitchlock, a second-year student in the commerce and juris doctor program at the U of O.

Carlsen brings an unorthodox style to the chess elites. His play-to-win attitude is what separates him from the rest of the world’s best and is what has enabled him to take a commanding lead in the first seven matches.