Carlsen is the winner of the Candidates Tournament, and therefore he got the chance to play against current champion Anand for the World Chess Championship next November.
The tournament itself was really exciting, when after the first rounds Carlsen and Aronian seemed to go head to head, from the middle on Aronian started to lose and draw several games, and Kramnik took 2nd place. Surprisingly, the highest ELO ranked player Carlsen lost his game to Ivanchuk, placing him in a dangerous position in the chart. The following round saw the second ranked, Kramnik, also losing against Ivanchuk, and giving Carlsen the advantage he needed to win the tournament.
Incredibly enough, Ivanchuk managed to win these two games against the top of the chart, and lose most of the other rounds by time, or get draws.
Carlsen was by far the favorite in the tournament, a very popular Norwegian player of 22 who holds the record of the highest ELO ranking ever, 2872, surpassing Kasparov's record of 2851. Good luck to him!
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I am really looking forward to their match in November. I think carlsen will win, though not by a huge margin. He's in great form and is quite younger than Anand. I think it's time the world got a fresh world champion.
codegeek on Mon Sep 09, 2013 4:03 pm