Saturday, November 23, 2013

Magnus Carlsen, 16th World Chess Champion

The World Championship match started Nov. 9th, 2013 in Chennai, India - home of the (now former) World Champion Viswanathan(Vishy) Anand. After four draws in a row the 22-year-old challenger, Magnus Carlsen, got down to business and won game 5 and 6. It became clear that he was rated #1 on the Fide top 100 for a reason. I sent out a tweet after game 6 comparing Carlsen's play to that of the third World Champion, Jose Raul Capablanca with their exceptional endgame play and their style of grinding down their opponents slowly but surely. Carlsen ended up undefeated and the match ended with 6 points to Carlsen and 3 points (from the six draws) to Viswanathan Anand. The chess crown now resides in the Western World (Norway) for the first time since Bobby Fischer.

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