Honoured to beat one of the greatest of all time: Magnus Carlsen

Magnus CarlsenMagnus Carlsen, background, arrives to address a press conference after winning the match against India's Viswanathan Anand, foreground, during the Chess World Championship match in Chennai, India (AP)

At the end of the tenth game, both players gave their views on the match and where exactly they thought things had taken a decisive turn. Anand said he could not execute his plans and was unable to keep mistakes from cropping up in his games. Carlsen said he would like to take some credit for that, having put Anand under a lot of pressure through the match.

Excerpts from the press conference.

On becoming the world champion

Magnus Carlsen: It feels good.It has been tough, both here and in London (Candidates tournament) but I've been treated very well here in India, made to feel very comfortable. At some point I started to settle in and got the match to (be played to) my strengths. It has been a great event and I'm honoured and happy to have won it.

On the match

Viswanathan Anand: At the start of the match I thought my chances depended on my ability to last longer without making lot of mistakes. This year I had problems with mistakes creeping into my play. I tried to pay some attention to that but wasn't really able to.

The way I lost the fifth game was how I did not want to play. The loss in the sixth was a heavy blow. I had really hoped to match him in long games but it was not to be. I mean, just a fine position in the opening and then slowly it slipped and so on. After that, I got worse and worse.

Yesterday, it was a nice game and today again. I guess, like they say, when it rains it pours.

On today's game

Carlsen: I was just trying to play solidly in the opening, I'm pretty happy with what I got, solid position no weaknesses. As the game went on he started to drift a bit and then I thought as long as there is no risk I should try to win it. Some point after the time control the variations were too complicated and I decided to shut it down and get the draw.

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