The world chess championship 2014 is over. After his win in the 11th game world champion Magnus Carlsen tweeted:
@MagnusCarlsen: “A big thanks to everyone who supported me on this interesting journey. Two down, five to go.”
His opponenent also tweeted after the last game: @Vishy64TheKing: “As i sit down tonight there are many thoughts and one thought comes to mind. Last december I thought to myself You are not a quitter.”
and added: “And I can say I feel proud to have played in Sochi. I enjoyed the journey.Magnus played a better match. This is his moment. Congrats”.
An ex-world champion congratulated Carlsen: @Kasparov63: “Congratulations to Magnus Carlsen for defending his world championship title, and doing it in style today with a great win!”
and added: “Magnus said “2 down, 5 to go,” referring to my 7 successful world championship matches. (6.5 really.) I wish him the best of luck!”
Interestingly enough, Carlsen admitted in an interview on Tuesday that Kasparov helped him, among others: @chess24.com: “So Carlsen’s seconds/helpers: Adams, Fressinet, Nielsen, Hammer, Kasparov, Nepomniachtchi, Potkin (+ Eljanov helped in Chennai). Not bad :)”
and added: “Now we just need Vishy to admit he was chatting to Kramnik on Skype every night :)”
More reactions from top players: via @chess24.com: “Aronian: “I’ve never seen a World Championship match with quality games. They’re over-prepared so they commit mistakes during the games”.
A statement by Hikaru Nakamura aka @GMHikaru: “Also to clarify about the WC match since everyone is going insane. I simply thought Carlsen’s quality wasn’t as dominant as last year.”
A future challenger tweeted: @fabianocaruana: “Congrats to Magnus on another big success! Unfortunately,I was traveling today and missed watching the decisive game.”
Talking about challengers: @elgransenor1: “What’s likely is that Carlsen’s next challenger will be someone even younger than he is. Caruana and Giri are both huge future threats.”
@TigerKatten: “I’m rooting for real candidates matches next time around, in order to find the most challenging opponent for Magnus.”
And a tweet by @SilvioDanailov: “Another black day for Makro&friends “FIDE” This is only the beginning”
Norway went nuts, of course. @TarjeiJS: “2,7 million Norwegians (half of the population) watched at least a minute of Carlsen-Anand on tv. That’s +16 % compared to 2013”
@palewire: “Norwegian news has system for readers to make Magnus Carlsen themed Xmas chess sweaters”
There was a closing ceremony on Tuesday. Why can’t the winner of the match get his medal and trophy after the last game? Is it really necessary to organize a 30-minute ceremony, two days after the last game?
@anandcarlsen14: “Medals awarded to the players by President Putin are made by FIDE/Agon and Adamas, Russia’s premier jewelry company”.
@kajasnare: “Putin making Carlsen wait … 30 min delay.“
@TarjeiJS:” I can imagine at least one person who is bored to death now. 34 minutes delay and counting”.
@MarkTwic: “I don’t know about other people but I’m kind of getting bored now”.
@dscaper: “Russia and FIDE still haven’t figured out the most important man in the room should be the World Champ, not the presenter.”
and added: “Magnus should get up and walk out – not there for Putin.”
After Putin arrived, the ceremony finally started: @makvikne: “Carlsen, Anand and Putin on the stage together; Inspiration for the next Chess musical?”
@ChrisBirdIA: “Carlsen gets a nice shiny gold medal, a big trophy and a Christmas wreath, just in time for the holidays”.
@Pookita: “I know it’s tradition but that wreath belongs on a door somewhere – or maybe on a horse that just won”.
What do you think? Here is a picture by @chesspro_ru:
@seitenschach:“Probably something Magnus Carlsen wanted to avoid: Putin speaking at the closing ceremony “.
@MarkTwic: “Closing ceremony. I’m sorry but that final part, dear god what have we come to.”
But Vishy disagreed: @vishy64theking: The ceremony had 2 great performances by young artists. The rock guitarist all of 13 years was excellent”.
One more picture of the closing ceremony, by @rezoich:
And where will the next world championship be played?
@chessmike: “Kirsan Ilyumzhinov announces 2016 World Chess Championship will be in USA.”….
……@Pookita: “Says the same man who was going to find 20 million dollars to invest in chess.”
One last tweet about the world championship: @Imbiebsrainbow: “I don’t regret the time I spent, the undone homework & sleepless nights-it was just awesome.”