Magnus Carlsen isn't just a phenomenon on the chess board, but increasingly so off it as well.
The UK edition of the women's magazine Cosmopolitan has published a list of the "Sexiest Men of 2013" and amongst the actors, singers and assorted other celebrities is the world's #1 ranked chess player!
Carlsen has done some modelling before for the Dutch designer clothing company G-Star Raw, and his profile in the general (non-chess) media continues to grow.
The magazine describes Carlsen as a "hottie", using the first studio shot below from Carlsen's official website as an illustration.
Is Carlsen's high media profile unambiguously good for chess, or is it a distraction? Also, is he really a hottie? Have your say in the comments!