My previous report, Anand - Carlsen, the Second Week, left off with the score +2-0=6 in Carlsen's favor, the Norwegian needing 1.5 points to win the match. Since that report, the benchmark Google News search on 'anand carlsen' has shrunk from 'about 82,800 results' to 'about 56,900 results', the first decline since I started tracking it the day before the opening ceremony. As the entire chess world knows by now, Carlsen gained the required 1.5 points in the next two games after that report.
- 2013-11-21: Viswanathan Anand loses, Magnus Carlsen a draw away from title [indianexpress.com; game 9]
- 2013-11-22: Magnus Carlsen dethrones Viswanathan Anand to become new Chess World Champion [dnaindia.com; game 10]
The post-match analysis began immediately. Much of it involved soul-searching from Indian sources. How could one of their favorite sons have been beaten so badly?
- 2013-11-23: World Chess Championship 2013: Defeat in Game 5 Sealed Fate, Says Anand [ibtimes.co.uk]
- 2013-11-24: Garry too early, Carlsen too late [deccanchronicle.com]
- 2013-11-24: Viswanathan Anand's dream is to see chess played in every school in India [ndtv.com]
- 2013-11-24: Gen Y has arrived [mumbaimirror.com]; lists other young GMs
- 2013-11-24: The day Carlsen won World Chess Championship [truthdive.com]
- 2013-11-26: Anand taught me a lot, but now it’s my turn to teach him: Magnus Carlsen [firstpost.com]
- 2013-11-26: The New King of Chess [newyorker.com]
- 2013-11-27: The men who helped Magnus Carlsen beat Anand [firstpost.com]
The closing ceremony, despite the rich rewards not often seen in chess, was almost anti-climactic.
- 2013-11-25: Jayalalithaa honours Magnus Carlsen [morungexpress.com]
- 2013-11-26: In a first, Carlsen gets 22-carat medal [deccanchronicle.com]
- 2013-11-26: Jaya honours world champion Carlsen with Rs 9.9 crore cash award, gold medal [newindianexpress.com]
What happens now? The next championship cycle continues with a Candidates tournament and a World Championship match in 2014. There is some speculation whether Anand will participate in the cycle, but I expect that he will play. His play will be different, because he no longer carries the weight of the title on his shoulders, but he has always been a fighter and the next fight is waiting to be fought.
Carlsen will continue to dazzle for many years. He is young and his personality will continue to evolve. How will he adjust to the even bigger spotlight? This is, after all, a generational shift, and no one can say for sure what it will bring.