After ten grueling games against Viswanathan Anand of India, Norway’s Magnus Carlsen, age 22, emerged victorious at the Chess World Championships on Friday. Carlsen won three of the ten games, forcing Anand to make costly errors. The other seven games ended in draws.
Carlsen was understandably excited about the monumental win:
The match was shown on television and I know that a lot of people who don’t play have followed it, and that’s absolutely wonderful. I really hope that this could have positive effect on chess both in Norway and worldwide (Reuters).
Anand was gracious in defeat, complimenting Carlsen for his strategic play:
My mistakes didn’t happen by themselves, he managed to provoke them. The fifth game was a heavy blow. I really hoped not to be afraid of him in long games but to match him. But it wasn’t meant to be.
Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg even got in on the action, calling Carlsen’s performance “one of Norway’s greatest sports performances through all-time.”
Business Insider has described Carlsen as being a “postmodern chess champion,” mimicking the cool, dispassionate “attitude” of a computer to force his opponents into committing errors. When he’s not dominating on the game board, Carlsen sometimes works as a model.