Magnus Opus: After draw in game 10, Carlsen is crowned World Champion

Magnus CarlsenMagnus Carlsen, 22, became the youngest World Champion since Garry Kasparov. Viswanathan Anand's six year reign came to an end

Just to play chess." For Magnus Carlsen, this was something that he reached for readily over the last month. What was his match strategy? Just to play chess. How would he describe his playing style? I just play chess. How did you train? Just playing chess. His opening preparation? You know, just play chess.

Magnus Carlsen, Chess

In game ten, Carlsen required just the draw to become the World Champion. Viswanathan Anand, trailing by three points and perhaps having the fight taken out of him after the violent loss in the previous round, was not really expected to bother him too much. Things would proceed in a perfunctory manner and the draw would be signed after an hour.

Carlsen opened with the king pawn and Anand went for the Sicilian for the first time in the match. The Indian had stayed away from the attacking option with black earlier in game eight, saying there were enough dry lines available despite the Sicilian's reputation for sharpness.

The one that the players went for in game 10 seemed one such non-threatening variation. After the players had breezed through the opening, Anand hinted that he may have been ready to repeat moves for the draw that would signal the end of the championship and the title would change hands.

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