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VOL.36 :: NO.50 :: Dec. 14, 2013
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Magnus Carlsen is already changing the way players look at chess. He eschews the obsession with opening moves which has dominated Grandmaster study in recent decades. He may also change the way the world at large looks at the game. Here is a World Champion who models for the clothing company G-Star Raw in his spare time, and plays and follows multiple other sports! By Ian Rogers.
A revolutionary called Magnus
“If you want to win a World Championship match, you need to play well not only for one or two hours, but four or five or six…,” says the World champion, Magnus Carlsen. Rakesh Rao listens in.
The three decisive games
Three victories for Magnus Carlsen turned the tables on Viswanathan Anand in their World Chess Championship match. Here is a detailed analysis of each of the decisive games. By Rakesh Rao.
A day after the disappointing loss in Game Five, Anand returned to the board looking to draw parity with white pieces. In the 2010 World Championship, Anand had lost the opener to Challenger Veselin Topalov but hit back in the second. Again in ...
The match situation was already so bad that Anand was most desperate. He had a calm approach to the game and dominated it. Carlsen was nervous and edgy. He played very unimpressively for the better part of the game.
Game Nine: White: ...
Done in by the Carlsen Conundrum
Magnus Carlsen’s ability to engage his older rival in long games and calculate his own moves accurately with amazing consistency spelt Viswanathan Anand’s doom. By Rakesh Rao.
‘Carlsen comes from a different World Champion lineage’
Magnus Carlsen wins accolades from legends such as garry Kasparov and nigel Short. By Rakesh Rao.
‘Magnus knows how to psyche his opponent out’
“Magnus has mastered the endgame like nobody else,” says Simen Agdestein, who played a key role in shaping the World champion’s chess career. By P.K. Ajith Kumar.
‘It is exciting to see that chess is becoming big back home’
“Because of Anand’s emergence as the World champion, several young players took up the sport in India, which is a strong nation in chess today, and I hope Carlsen has a similar effect in Norway,” says Joran Jansson, president of the Norwegian Chess Federation, in a chat with P.K. Ajith Kumar.
India’s winning streak continues
India’s successful run, more than anything else, will raise Indian fans’ hopes as the team prepares for a gruelling 15-month schedule ahead. This period includes tours to South Africa, New Zealand, England and Australia, in addition to two World Cups. By Priyansh.
Whisky, brandy and sub-zero temperatures
On the lip of Rohtang Pass that marks our entry into the Lahaul Valley, at 5.50 a.m., the barometer reads 0 degrees and the darkness makes the mountains appear even more mysterious and menacing. But it’s the clear sky with millions of scattered stars interspersed with a shooting star every few seconds that takes the breath away… Uthra Ganesan gets saturated in the atmosphere of the Himalayan Raid.
The indications are that in certain rare cases, one man can indeed make a team, a salient example being Diego Maradona, without whom and his amazing solo goal against England and Belgium in Mexico City, Argentina could hardly have won the 1986 World Cup. By Brian Glanville.
‘My strength is the willingness to change’
“I am growing every day, and this medal (World Cup) just proves that I am going in the right direction,” says Heena Sidhu in this interview with Kamesh Srinivasan.
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