The world takes notice

11/24/2013 – As would be expected, the news of the result of the Anand-Carlsen world championship match and the new title-holder circumnavigated the globe like wildfire, and media around the world has reported on it. The focus has clearly been on Magnus Carlsen, who is described as the "Justin Bieber of chess" or "a cross between a boxer and a 50s gangster". Here is a sample of the stories and headlines.

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The world takes notice

As would be expected, the news of the result of the Anand-Carlsen world championship match and the new title-holder circumnavigated the globe like wildfire, and few if any country did not report on it. Here are a few of the stories (click on the pictures to see the full articles):

United States

Germany

The title reads "The Justin Bieber of chess loafs around to the title", though they add "The
Norwegian is one of the youngest world chess champion in history - and probably the coolest."

World chess champion Carlsen: the cool king

Spiegel offered exceptional coverage, and aside from regular articles, and the possibiity to
watch the games live from their website, they partnered with ChessBase and GM Daniel King
to provide daily video analysis in German

France

Le Monde headlined the story, "Magnus Carlsen, the new master of chess"

Spain

Leontxo Garcia's superb coverage helped make the report on Magnus Carlsen's victory
the most popular story at the site of El Pais, Spain's most prominent newspaper. The
caption reads "Carlsen reigns after submitting Anand"

Italy

The prestigious Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera said "Magnus Carlsen is the youngest
World Chess Champion ever"

Great Britain

Apparently the Justin Bieber of chess looks like a cross between a boxer and a 50s gangster...

Although some keep the story more sedate, it is clear Magnus Carlsen's appeal as sexy and
cool are doing wonders to promte the game. Whatever it takes...

India

In India, the coverage was intense and frenetic. Every single newspaper had not only daily reports, but multiple articles. The well soon dried up on interesting things to discuss, and sure enough stories on the most unexpected things began to crop up. This one is on the meals and food choices requested by both players.

Breakfast of champions


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