Magnus Carlsen beats Sergey Karjakin to retains world chess title

Updated: Dec 02, 2016, 09:17 IST | IANS |

Norway's Magnus Carlsen has defended his world chess title for the third time winning in tie-break against Russian challenger Sergey Karjakin

Norway's Magnus Carlsen is all smiles after defending his World Chess Championship title in New York on Wednesday. Carlsen defeated Russian challenger Sergei Karyakin in the tie-breaker. Pic/PTI
Norway's Magnus Carlsen is all smiles after defending his World Chess Championship title in New York on Wednesday. Carlsen defeated Russian challenger Sergei Karyakin in the tie-breaker. Pic/PTI

New York: Norway's Magnus Carlsen has defended his world chess title for the third time winning in tie-break against Russian challenger Sergey Karjakin.

The tie-break, consisting of four games, took place here on Wednesday. Carlsen won the third and fourth games, thus beating Karjakin with an overall score of 3 to 1, reports Sputnik.

Karjakin said at a press conference after the Wednesday tie-break that he was "completely not ready" for the rapid-game format and made a lot of mistakes that Carlsen used to secure his victory.

During the 12 main games that Carlsen and Karjakin played from November 11-29, no winner emerged, as they were tied at 6-6.

Carlsen first won the title of the world chess champion in 2013 and then successfully defended it the next year.

This year, the world chess championship prize is $1.1 million with the winner getting 60 percent of the monetary award.

Carlsen's supporters greeted him after his victory, cheering and singing "Happy Birthday", to mark his 26th birthday.

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