Belfast Telegraph

Friday 11 July 2014

Carlsen, 22, wins chess world title

Norway's Magnus Carlsen is the new chess world champion (AP)

Magnus Carlsen has won the chess world championship, making the 22-year-old Norwegian the first Western player since Bobby Fischer to hold the title.

Carlsen defeated defending champion Viswanathan Anand of India after a draw in Game 10 gave him the necessary 6½ points to clinch the win. Playing in Chennai close to where Anand grew up, the Indian finished with 3½ points after seven draws and three losses.

Carlsen becomes the youngest world champion since Garry Kasparov, who was also 22 when he won the title in 1985.

Carlsen is a former child prodigy who became a grandmaster at 13 and has been the world's top-ranked player since 2010.

The 43-year-old Anand had held the world title since 2007.

AP

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