World News | Norway’s Magnus Carlsen – World Chess Champion

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2013 World Championship match Magnus Carlsen vs Viswanathan Anand

Sven Magnus Øen Carlsen, called the ‘Harry Potter of Chess’ by Gary Kasparov, born 30 November 1990 is a Norwegian chess grandmaster and former chess prodigy who is the No. 1 ranked player in the world. His peak rating is 2872, the highest in history. Carlsen was the 2009 World Blitz chess champion.

Magnus Carlsen

Magnus Carlsen

On 26 April 2004, Carlsen became a grandmaster at the age of 13 years, 148 days, making him at that time the second youngest grandmaster in history, although he has since become the third youngest. Based on several of his FIDE rankings, Carlsen qualified for the Candidates Tournament that took place in March–April 2013, which he won, thus earning the right to challenge World Champion Viswanathan Anand in the World Chess Championship 2013.

Known for his attacking style as a teenager, Carlsen later developed into a more universal player. He does not focus on opening preparation as much as other top players, and plays a variety of openings, making it harder for opponents to prepare against him. His positional mastery and endgame prowess have drawn comparisons to those of former world champions Anatoly Karpov, José Capablanca and Vasily Smyslov.

Viswanathan Anand

Viswanathan Anand

Viswanathan Anand (born 11 December 1969) is an Indian chess Grandmaster and a World Chess Champion. Anand has won the World Chess Championship five times (2000, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012), and was the undisputed World Champion from 2007 to 2013. Anand was the FIDE World Rapid Chess Champion in 2003, and is widely considered the strongest rapid player of his generation but he lost this year’s world championship to Magnus Carlsen.

Magnus Carlsen’s World Championship match vs the reigning champion Viswanathan Anand took place in Chennai, India. The opening ceremony was November 7th and Match 1 started November 9th. There was set aside a total of 12 matches with rest days every three days for the championship.

Viswanathan Anand looked a little peaked and almost beaten after the first 8 matches were completed. Before the 9th match Carlsen was leading 5 – 3. The first to reach 6,5 points would be the new World Champion.

«Vishy» Anand has defended his WC title four times after winning the World Championship for the first time in year 2000. This time however, it startet to look that the winning streak would be broken.

Last Wednesday Nov 20th was a day of rest for both. It was believed that it would be to the advantage for Anand. However, Thursday’s game ended in a draw and Carlsen was still ahead. One more remis (draw) and Carlsen would be the new World Champion if that game also ended in draw.

Magnus Carlsen won a convincing victory over Anand, but the Indian received a lot of praise for his fight to the end, although it was clear that his position before Friday’s tenth match was somewhat hopeless.

He finished with a draw and therefore had to pass the World Championship title on to Carlsen the title he has retained since the year 2000. A new era within the sport of chess dawns and the new champion is Magnus Carlsen.

Not since Emanuel Lasker defended his title in 1910, 113 years ago, has anyone managed to take the title in only ten matches.

– I am honored to have played this World Championship against Vishy (Anand), and happy that I was able to beat him, Carlsen said at the press conference after his victory.– Det føles godt. Det har vært tøft her, fortsatte han.

The 22-old is the youngest person ever to have won the Chess World Championship. The total pot was 140.000.000 rupies. The Norwegian received 60 % of the pot or almost 1 million GBP with this victory while Anand received 40%

He is the first west- European Chess World Champion in 76 years and the very first one from Norway.

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