Magnus Carlsen of Norway won the World Chess Championship 2013 on November 22 in Chennai, India. He defeated Viswanathan Anand of India, the winner of the World Chess Championship last year. Carlsen became the youngest person to be ranked the World Number One chess player in 2010. He was just 19 years old at the time. Carlsen started playing chess at the age of 5, and by the time he was 13 years old, he was awarded the title of chess Grandmaster (a title given to only the most excellent chess players around the globe). Carlsen can play multiple chess games simultaneously, while not looking at the chess boards and just being told verbally what moves his competitors have made. He is often called the “Mozart of chess”. He not only plays chess but also has been a model for a clothing company. Time Magazine annually publishes a list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Carlsen was on its 2013 list which was published in April this year. You can view the list here. You can watch a clip about him here.
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Chess is believed to have originated in India over 1,500 years ago.
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There is a small town in Norway called Rjukan that hardly gets any sunlight for about half a year as it is surrounded by tall mountains. Three large mirrors were installed earlier this year on top of a nearby mountain. These computer-controlled mirrors follow the sun’s path and reflect the sun’s rays onto Rjukan’s main square. Here is a video.
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