Magnus Carlsen beats Viswanathan Anand to become world chess champion

CHENNAI: World Chess Championship 2013 – 22-year-old Magnus Carlsen (Norway) became the new world chess champion as he defeated defending champion Viswanathan Anand.

Anand vs Carlsen

Five-time title-holder Viswanathan Anand’s reign as the world champion came to a heart-breaking end on Friday with Norway’s Magnus Carlsen taking the crown after a hard-fought draw in the 10th game of the World Chess Championship match, which ended on Friday (November 22, 2013).

Carlsen, who will be 23 years on 30th November, closed the championship with two games to spare by taking his tally to required 6.5 points out of a possible ten, winning three and drawing seven games.

Viswanathan Anand had won the world championship title five times – 2000, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012 – but ironically was dethroned in his home town of Chennai. Anand said he is “disappointed” and said sorry to his fans. “I was simply not able to execute my strategy,” he added.

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