We Have a Norwegian World Chess Champion


Magnus Carlsen at the 2008 Chess Classics. From Wikimedia Commons: https://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:MCarlsen.jpg

As of 8:16 this morning, central standard time, Magnus Carlsen has dethroned Viswanathan Anand to become the 16th undisputed World Chess Champion in a dominant performance in Chennai. The best of 12 match was played out in 10 games, with Magnus winning three and dropping none for a final score of 6.5-3.5. North Dakotans, the 30.8% of you who are of Norwegian ancestry should be feeling more than a bit of vicarious pride at the moment. Raise that red and indigo Scandinavian cross flag high, crank the black metal, and head to the nearest Stabo to splurge on the largest Julbock money can buy.

Want to analyze the games or discuss key positions and variations at your library’s chess club? They’re all available here.


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