Carlsen upset India and claims his World Champion title
Magnus Carlsen World Chess Champion 2013

Global  favourite  Viswanathan Anand  was dethroned by World number one  Magnus Carlsen  in Viswanathan Anand’s home ground Chennai  and add his name to the world chess championship title on last Friday.

After 65 moves of play a draw in the crucial 10th game  gave the young Norwegian an unassailable lead in the 12-match contest and put an end to Anand’s hopes of retaining the FIDE title he’s held since 2007.

Carlsen who is to celebrate his 23rd birthday on November 30, led 6-3 before Friday’s game and needed just a draw to become the first champion from the West since American Bobby Fischer’s reign ended in 1975.

Carlsen said at the post-match news conference that he I really hope that this could have positive effects for chess both in Norway and worldwide.

The much awaited series billed as the “War of the Wizards”, Anand, who has slumped to eighth in the rankings, did not win a game in a single game. In this battle of youth and experience that kicked off on Nov. 9, both players started out with draws before the Norwegian won the fifth and sixth games to pull ahead. Anand drew the next two games before Carlsen prevailed in the ninth.

On the final match Anand  was playing with black pieces — a disadvantage as white moves first  and could not make much headway in a game that lasted nearly five hours.

The world title was the one accomplishment that had eluded Carlsen, often called the “Mozart of chess”. He earned the right to challenge Anand by virtue of winning the candidates’ tournament in April.

Carlsen was a grandmaster since he was 13, now has the highest rating in the history of the game, breaking chess great Garry Kasparov’s record this year. He became the world’s number one at age 19, the youngest player ever to do so.

Kasparov, who coached Carlsen for a while,  claimed him  as “a type of Harry Potter” destined “to leave a deep mark” on the game.

Being a household name in India, Anand who is passionately called as Wishi is widely credited with promoting the mother nation of chess back to passion for chess . Every good thing has to have and end and Friday’s result was a disappointment for the 43-year-old, who had been the undisputed world champion since 2007.

“This year, I’ve had a lot of problems with mistakes creeping into my game,” Anand said at the post-match news conference.

“Losing the fifth game was a heavy blow,” he said, adding that it was time for him “to take stock”.

The 2013 championship, played on a glass-encased, soundproof stage at five-star hotel in Chennai, drew global media interest, despite reams of newsprint and TV coverage devoted to the retirement  of cricket god Sachin Tendulkar’s swansong series happening concurrently in India.

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