Is Vishwanathan better than Carlsen

Magnus Carlsen is world chess champion

The Norwegian Magnus Carlsen has dethroned the Indian defending champion Viswanathan Anand and crowned himself the new world chess champion.

After the impressive changing of the guard, the newly crowned world chess champion Magnus Carlsen only allowed himself a short smile. While the badly defeated defending champion Viswanathan Anand left the stage in his native Chennai disappointed, the tension in the highly traded "Mozart of Chess" only slowly subsided.

"I am very happy to have won. It was tough, but it feels good," said the 22-year-old after the decisive draw on Friday at the impossible 6.5 to 3.5. "How I'm going to celebrate now, I don't know yet. I haven't given it a thought so far," said the Norwegian "child prodigy".

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Only Kasparov was younger

The challenger's victory, which was never endangered and was sweetened with 1.530 million dollars (1.132 million euros), could usher in a new era. Only the Russian Garry Kasparov was younger when he won the World Cup in 1985 - the Norwegian could now assume a similarly dominant position. And above all, trigger a new boom.

"I think the World Cup also interested a lot of people who don't play chess. It's wonderful," said Carlsen. "I hope it has a positive effect on chess both in Norway and around the world.

Magnus Carlsen: an unwilling genius

The draw in the tenth game on Friday was actually just a matter of form. Carlsen had the decisive victories in games five, six and nine. On Friday the two opponents agreed on a draw after 65 moves.

Anand's mistake in the middlegame

Anand had chosen the Sicilian defense with Black, but Carlsen was able to steer the game in a quieter direction with the Rossolimo variant. The Norwegian could not exploit a mistake made by his competitor in the middle game, but was slightly better than his competitor during the entire game.

However, chess etiquette forbade Carlsen to offer his last chance opponent a draw. Several times he had the opportunity to provoke a draw, but according to his nature, he played for victory. In the end there were only the kings on the board - a tie.

"Today it was a reflection of the entire duel," said Anand: "I tried to play - and then made a mistake. It has dragged through my entire game. I'm sorry for my fans."

The youngster plays more serene

Overall, the World Cup duel went as predicted by many experts - and feared. The clearly favored challenger played extremely focused and serene at his first World Cup. The mistake was made by his opponent, who may have had too much pressure in his home country.

Despite the one-sided course, the World Cup was probably the title fight with the greatest audience interest in the history of chess. According to the world association FIDE, between 100 and 200 million people around the world followed the games live on television every day. In addition, there was a similarly large number who followed the duels via the Internet. The "duel of the generations" was particularly fascinating because of the contrast between the two opponents, including people who otherwise had little knowledge of chess.

A star in Norway

The new world champion is already a star in Norway. And is already among the top 3 sports stars in terms of popularity. Chessboard sales are said to have tripled. Above all, Carlson is fascinated by the fact that he does not want to fit into the drawer of the "normal" chess player.

The well-trained Norwegian does a lot of sports and modeled for a fashion brand. Time magazine chose him among the 100 most influential people in the world, and Cosmopolitan magazine named him among the 100 most attractive men in the world. Some commentators have even spoken of the "Carlsen Effect" that the chess world is now facing.