Chess star does it again

Norwegian chess star Magnus Carlsen has proven once again that he’s arguably the best chess player in the world. He beat reigning world champion Vishy Anand at a tournament organized by his sponsor in the west coast city of Kristiansund.

Magnus Carlsen had more reason to smile after winning another tournament, this time in Kristiansund. PHOTO: Views and News

Carlsen, who’s been a star in Norway for years, has confirmed his spot on the world stage and not just with his chess. He’s also been posing as a fashion model in several international magazine in recent months, and has appeared on billboards around Europe as well.

But it was at the chess board that he excelled once again, after first winning the first round of the Arctic Securities Chess Stars on Saturday against Judit Polgar of Hungary, the world’s best female player. It was a rapid tournament, and covered live on Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) to good reviews.

Carlsen went on to beat Anand on Monday after a draw on Sunday, while Polgar faced Jon Ludvig Hammer from Oslo for the bronze, which ultimately went to Hammer.

“I’m very satisfied,” said the ever-low-key Carlsen.

(For more on the former child chess prodigy, click here.)

Views and News staff