Magnus Carlsen is the new world champion

by Webmaster on November 25, 2013

In the World Chess Championship 2013, Norwegian Grandmaster Magnus Carlsen defeated Indian Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand 6.5-3.5 in a best of 12 “challenger vs champion” match. Carlsen becomes the 16th undisputed world chess champion and unifies the world number 1 ranking with the world championship title.

Anand was not able to use apply his match strategy properly and Carlsen kept his opponent winless the entire match. Carlsen, who got off to a slow and somewhat sloppy start in the first three games, really took up the gauntlet in games 5 and 6, scoring two wins in a row. Game 6 was a very close grinding endgame that Carlsen was able to win using very precise calculation and excellent intuition. Another win by Carlsen in game 9 virtually sealed Anand’s fate. (All other games were drawn and a high draw rate is expected from players of such high calibre.)

Anand is known to be well prepared for the opening phase of the game. Unlike other recent world championships, Carlsen’s match strategy focussed a lot on just achieving a reasonable position out of the opening where he could apply his strategical and endgame prowess. Carlsen’s play is often compared to 3rd World Champion, Cuban Grandmaster José Raúl Capablanca, who was able to exploit the smallest of advantages.

Click here to replay the games or check out ChessBase’s annotated version of the games.


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