Congratulations to Magnus Carlsen, the new World Chess Champion. While today’s game did get a bit wild at times, Carlsen was never worse than even, and actually had winning chances throughout much of the game. He missed a shot at a winning edge around move 30, then repeatedly passed up opportunities to seek a draw through repetition of moves to continue pressing whatever advantage he might have. In the end, Carlsen went into a very long forced line where he sacrificed a knight and allowed both players to promote a pawn to a queen, resulting in an endgame where Carlsen had a queen and three pawns against Anand’s queen and knight. That was clearly a draw, but it became doubtless when Carlsen forced a trade of queens, and official after all of the material came off the board.

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