Why You Should Care About the Upcoming World Chess Championship Match

FIDE World Chess Championship Match 2013
FIDE World Chess Championship Match 2013

On November 9, 2013 the world is going to stop. Billions of people around the globe will be watching live as two titans clash in what may be the greatest chess match ever played. Viswanathan Anand, the Pride of India, will be taking on the charismatic “Mozart of Chess,” Magnus Carlsen.  By the end of November, the player who utterly destroys his opponent will be crowned “The King of Chess.”

Viswanathan Anand at the chess board.
Viswanathan Anand at the chess board.

Viswanathan Anand is more than a World Chess Champion. He is the greatest sportsmen ever produced from the second most populous country in the world. “Vishy,” as his friends call him, became India’s first grandmaster in 1988. Anand was also first to receive the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award in 1992. In 2007, he was awarded the Padma Vibhushan, India’s second highest civilian honor. Viswanathan Anand has also won the coveted Chess Oscar a total of six times! Indeed, historians tell us that chess has its roots in ancient India, but it was not until Viswanathan Anand became World Champion that chess took a hold of the sub-continent’s imagination.

The charismatic "Mozart of Chess."
The charismatic “Mozart of Chess.”

Many consider Magnus Carlsen to be for chess, what Mozart was for music. In the long and distinguished history of chess prodigies, Magnus may be the greatest of them all. Magnus Carlsen, who started chess at the age of five, became a chess Grand Master at thirteen and the number one rated player in the world before the age of twenty. A short while later, Carlsen established the highest rating ever in the game of chess and in doing so surpassed his former teacher, Garry Kasparov. Often mentioned in the same class as Paul Morphy, Jose Raul Capablanca and Bobby Fischer, Magnus is missing only the title of World Champion to establish his residency on Mount Olympus.

Throughout human history, there have been certain events which demonstrate the greatness of human achievement. The Hammurabi Code of 1750 B.C., the dawn of Democracy in 594 B.C., The Wright Brothers taking flight in 1903 are important events on the timeline comparable to what, I believe, will result from the FIDE World Chess Championship of 2013. Chess is about to become “cool” again and our world may never be the same.

Don’t miss the event:

The Official Site for the Anand-Carlsen World Chess Championship Match of 2013

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Get Norway’s perspective on the Anand-Carlsen World Chess Championship Match of 2013

See what India feels about Anand’s play against Carlsen.

Blogs covering the 2013 World Chess Championship:

World Chess Championship Blog

Susan Polgar’s Blog

Alexandra Kosteniuk’s Blog

Chris Torres’ Blog

Chessdom

 

Published by chessmusings

Chris Torres is a nationally renowned scholastic chess coach working in the San Francisco Bay Area. His classes have attracted players of strengths ranging from rank beginners to world champions. A chess professional since 1998, Chris is widely recognized as one of the main driving forces behind the explosion in popularity and sudden rise in quality of scholastic chess in California. Chris Torres served as the President of the Torres Chess and Music Academy from 2005-2020 and currently is recognized as a correspondence chess master with the United States Chess Federation. Since 1998 Chris Torres has taught 6 individual national champions as well as led multiple school teams to win national championship titles. In addition, Chris Torres has directed and taught at 10 different schools which have been California State Champions at chess. In 2011 and 2012, several former and current students of Chris Torres have been selected to represent the United States at the World Youth Chess Championships. Mr. Torres’ hobbies include playing classical guitar and getting his students to appear on the national top 100 chess rating lists.

15 thoughts on “Why You Should Care About the Upcoming World Chess Championship Match

  1. What bullshit. Magnus is most certainly a great talent but stop comparing him to Mozart he is not that unique. Some past and current world champions are as good if not better. Stop copy and pasting what the media prints. They just romanticize articles to sell.

    1. Whatever,
      Your opinion is as uninformed as your use of grammar. Magnus is the highest rated player ever. If you take the time to play through his games with a computer engine, you will discover that his play achieves an accuracy level never before attained in chess. As far as quoting the media, show me who else is discussing the match like this: “The Hammurabi Code of 1750 B.C., the dawn of Democracy in 594 B.C., The Wright Brothers taking flight in 1903 are important events on the timeline comparable to what, I believe, will result from the FIDE World Chess Championship of 2013.”

    1. I thought of not approving your comment because it is trashy and sophomoric. Instead, I decided to reply and ask that when you post comments on my blog if you would please consider putting a little more thought into your writing. Also, if my billion followers estimation is an exaggeration, it will not be off by much. This will be the most followed chess match in the history of the game.

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  3. Thanks for all of the resources for the WCC. Personally, I’d like to see Anand defend his title. Both are very strong competitors though. I’d love to see how each prepares for the match.

    Do you have any information on that?

  4. Hi, the link to Alexandra Kosteniuk’s blog leads to Susan Polgar’s blog instead.

    Also, in order to find out what India feels about the games it would be better to read Indian newspapers rather than the AICF site.

    Lastly, you might like to add a link to AICF’s youtube channel which will also broadcast the games live, with commentary; the official site of the world championship match might not be able to handle the heavy traffic. Here’s the link: http://www.youtube.com/user/aicfofficial

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