Pics: Introducing Magnus Carlsen, the new King of Chess

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Bangalore, Nov 23: Vishwanathan Anand, the reigning World Chess Champion for five years, was dethroned yesterday in Chennai, much to the dismay of the Indians who had pinned their hopes on the last two boards.

However, it goes without saying that the 22-year old young genius-Magnus Carlsen-was truely unique in his maneuvers and thinking powers to have ousted the champion.

Birth and early childhood

Born on November 30, 1990, Carlsen showed immense mental capabilities at a very tender age. At age 5, he got introduced to Chess by his father and was later taken under the shelter of Simen Agdestein, Norway's top player. THis began his journey into the world of Chess.

Chess

Since 2004, he has won several junior-level titles, including the C group at the Corus chess tournament in Wijk aan Zee. His other achievements include the Dubai Open Chess Championship. Later, he won the Glitnir Blitz Tournament, the World Blitz Championship, the Tata Steel Chess and more.

MOreover, he won the Chess Oscars for 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. The Chess Oscar, conducted by the Russian Chess Magazine 64, is awarded to the year's best player according to a worldwide panel of critics, journalists and writers.

On 26 April 2004, Carlsen was crowned the grandmaster at the age of 13 years, 148 days, making him the second youngest grandmaster in history at that point. On 1 January 2010, at the age of 19 years, 32 days, he became the youngest chess player in history to be ranked world No. 1. On the January 2013 FIDE rating list, Carlsen reached an Elo rating of 2861, which was at that time the highest in history.

Now, the new World Champion, Carlsen has set new standards for himself.

In Chennai

Magnus Carlsen of Norway and Viswanathan Anand of India during their tenth match at FIDE World Chess Championship in Chennai on Friday. Magnus Carlsen won the "FIDE World Chess Championship2013".

In Chennai

India's Viswanathan Anand with his wife at a press conference at the "FIDE World Chess Championship2013" in Chennai on Friday. Magnus Carlsen won the "FIDE World Chess Championship2013".

In Chennai

Magnus Carlsen of Norway addressing at a press conference after he won the "FIDE World Chess Championship2013" against Viswanathan Anand of India in Chennai on Friday.

In Chennai

Viswanathan Anand of India and Magnus Carlsen of at a press conference at the "FIDE World Chess Championship2013" in Chennai on Friday. Magnus Carlsen won the "FIDE World Chess Championship2013".

In Chennai

Father of Magnus Carlsen and other Norwegians celebrating after winning the "FIDE World Chess Championship2013" against Vishwanathan Anand of India in Chennai on Friday.

In Chennai

Magnus Carlsen of Norway speaks to media persons after he won the "FIDE World Chess Championship2013" against Viswanathan Anand of India in Chennai on Friday.

In Chennai

Magnus Carlsen of Norway makes a move against Viswanathan Anand of India during their tenth match at FIDE World Chess Championship in Chennai on Friday.

In Chennai

Viswanathan Anand of India during the tenth match against Magnus Carlsen of Norway at FIDE World Chess Championship in Chennai on Friday.

In Chennai

Viswanathan Anand of India and Magnus Carlsen of Norway during their ninth match at FIDE World Chess Championship in Chennai on Thursday.

In Chennai

Magnus Carlsen of Norway addressing a press conference after he won the sixth match against Viswanathan Anand of India at FIDE World Chess Championship in Chennai on Saturday.

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