World Chess Champs: Carlsen loses first game

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Magnus Carlsen makes his move against Viswanathan Anand. Foto: Berit Roald / NTB scanpix
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Norway's Magnus Carlsen lost his first game in this year's World Championship series in Russia against chess Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand on Tuesday.

The Chess World Championship, which began on Saturday, sees the world number one and two battle it out for the sport's highest accolade.

The 23-year-old Norwegian, who is favourite to regain his title, lost the game in 34 moves.

Following Tuesday's result in Sochi, it could not be closer with both players tied at 1.5 points each.

After the match, Carlsen's manager Espen Agdestein said: “This wasn't fun, but we have to be prepared to lose. A difficult day and we have to put this behind us as quickly as possible. The challenge is to get this match out of his system.”

But this was the attacking style of play many critics hoped India's 44-year-old Anand would produce against Carlsen.

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Carlsen last lost to Anand back in December 2010, and since has kept his grip on being the world's top player.

In 2013, Anand was beaten by Carlsen and did not secure one win.
The fourth game of the series will be played on Wednesday where Carlsen will be white.
Carlsen is the first Western-born world chess champion since American Bobby Fischer took the title in 1972.

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