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Magnus Carlsen of Norway won FIDE World Chess Championship 2013

Nov 23, 2013 11:45 IST

Magnus CarlsenMagnus Carlsen of Norway won the FIDE World Chess Championship 2013 at Chennai on 22 November 2013.

Magnus Carlsen defeated the previous world champion Viswanathan Anand of India by 6.5-3.5 in the match that was held from 7th November in Chennai, India.

The last 10th game (out of 12 possible) finished in a draw after 65 moves of play and Carlsen accumulated the necessary 6.5 points to claim the title.  The victory was worth 8.4 crore Rupees for Magnus Carlsen. Anand settled for 5.6 crore Rupees. The match was sponsored by the Tamil Nadu state and organized by FIDE and AICF.

This is Carlsen’s maiden World Chess Champion title in his first attempt itself. Magnus Carlsen also became the first Western player since Bobby Fischer to hold the title.

With this victory, Magnus Carlsen also became the second youngest world champion since Garry Kasparov, who was also 22 when he won the title in 1985.

The Magnus Calsen’s victory was also the end of Anand’s six-year reign as the World champion. It was Anand’s first loss in a world title match since 2007. Magnus Carlsen, who became the youngest world No. 1 at 19, also holds the record of being the strongest rated player in chess history with a published rating of 2872, on 1 February 2013.

About 2013 FIDE World Chess Championship

The 2013 FIDE World Chess Championship match which took place from 7 to 22 November in Chennai, India. It is a match for the highest crown in chess between the Defending Champion Viswanathan Anand (India) and the Challenger Magnus Carlsen (Norway).

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