Magnus Carlsen’s FIDE triumph is interesting in another way. It shows how the balance of power in chess, once the stranglehold of the former Soviet Union, has now shifted to countries like India and Norway. The Norwegian will undoubtedly inspire a whole lot of players just like Viswanathan Anand did in the last decade.
The Hindu’s exhaustive coverage before and right through the contest was a treat. “Chess decoded” was an added attraction and unplugged the mysteries of “moves” and “powers.”
While the defeat of Viswanathan Anand was disappointing, we must respect Carlsen, the new wonder boy of chess.
His calm way of approaching the game was inspiring. His unflappable temperament belies his age.