Magnus Carlsen, 22, Norway. World Chess Champion: What You Need to Know

Twenty two year old Magnus Carlsen from Norway has beaten Viswanathan Anand to become the world chess champion on Friday. The 10th game of the series ended in a draw when Anand needed a win to stay in the game. The final score was 6.5- 3.5. Here’s what you need to know about the players & the game.

Magnus Carlsen (Image: Official Website)

1. Youth Vs Experience: Anand is 43 years old. Carlsen is 22. The younger player has been in amazing form for a very long time. This is how the board looked in the end. Viswanathan Anand

2. The prize: The winner takes home a 60% of $2.4 mn, the loser takes the rest. The money really isn’t much of a big deal in chess.

Image: Wikipedia
Image: Wikipedia

3. Legacy:  Anand has been the undisputed world chess champion since 2007:  He has won the World Chess Championship 5 times between 2000 and 2012 and was the undisputed World Champion from 2007 to 2013.  Carlsen became a grandmaster of chess at the age of 13. His rating is the highest ever in chess history.

4. Ranking: Carlsen was already the world number one by ranking, according to the Elo rating system. Anand became the world number one in 2007 when he was 37. However, he lost the ranking after 15 months and regained the position in November 2010. Carlsen became world number one in July 2011.

5. What they said

Magnus Carlsen:

I’m happy to have completed the match, let’s write the history books later…I would like to take some responsibility for his mistakes. That’s for sure. It’s been that way for me for a long time. I just play and people crack under pressure, even in world championships. That’s what history shows. (source)

Viswanathan Anand:

I think, it is just fair enough to congratulate him. My mistakes just did not happen by themselves. Clearly he managed to provoke them, full credit to him. (source)

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