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Published: Sat, December 03, 2016
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Magnus Carlsen Holds on to the Crown Beating Sergey Karjakin


Norway's Magnus Carlsen has successfully defended the World Chess Championship after a dramatic day of tiebreak games in New York City.

Following his win, fans and supporters cheered Carlsen with a rendition of "Happy Birthday". The first seven ended in draws - with Karjakin coming back from the brink in the third and fourth - before the challenger drew first blood in the eighth. After the end of the 12 games, the encounter remained tied at 6 points each.

Their overall score after 12 games played is tied at 6-6 and both grandmasters will be playing a series of tie-break games late on Wednesday to determine the new world champion. Karjakin, who was playing in black was successful in taking the lead by defeating the reigning champion. It also caps off one of the longest championships in recent times: Carlsen won the 2014 championships by the 11th game, while the 2013 championships were decided in 10 games.

Bruce Pandolfini, a writer and teacher, said that history was being made, in part because of the players' youth and Mr. Carlsen's celebrity status, and also because the match was accessible to anyone with a smart phone.

Norwegian grandmaster Magnus Carlsen was once again crowned world chess champion for the third straight year Wednesday.

The tie forced them to compete in four tiebreaker games with 25 minutes for each player, with an additional 10 seconds for each move.

The final games will start with a four-game rapid chess competition. The match has resulted in a sudden death and the chess fans will be hoping there can be a victor in the 2016 World Chess Championship on Wednesday. They'll share a prize of US$1.1 million, the victor getting 60 per cent. If no victor emerges after four of those, the match move on to five-minute games.

Not much to say about Game 12, in which the pieces and queens were exchanged, leaving rooks, bishops, centralized kings, and symmetrical pawns on the board.

Many fans watched from homes and clubs across the globe.

Chess is nearly a matter of national pride in Russia, which is no surprise when you consider that Russians, except for a three-year period, held the title from 1958 to 2000. He always sacrifices his time for me, he's done that since I began to play.

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