Chess Finds Its Star: Magnus Carlsen New Champion

Chess doesn’t quite have the intrigue it used to when a plucky young American named Bobby Fischer added more than a footnote to the Cold War in his 1972 match with Boris Spassky…or when Garry Kasparov took on tech giant IBM and their “Deep Blue” in 1997.

But now, Chess may have found just what it needs…a fresh young face. Norwegian prodigy Magnus Carlsen defeated longtime champion Vishy Anand and fulfills his destiny as the undisputed Chess Champion. Dubbed the Harry Potter of Chess by Kasparov, Carlsen is a handsome 23-year-old with an affable personality (unlike ol’ Bobby) and could be just the spark the game of chess needs to return to the front page of the daily fish-wrap.

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