World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway raises a trophy after winning the 2016 World Chess Championship match in New York, U.S., November 30, 2016. (REUTERS/Mark Kauzlarich)
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On a dreary, rainy Manhattan night, a huge, happy roar arose in a crowd of chess fans from around the world.Two-time world chess champion, Magnus Carlsen, had just reached for a final, victorious move on Wednesday that crowned him a champ for the third time. He marked his 26th birthday by beating Russian 26-year-old grandmaster Sergey Karjakin with bold, aggressive moves in a series of tie-breakers capping three weeks of the World Chess Championship that was tied after 12 games; 10 draws and one win each. On this night, it became a glittering gathering of hundreds of fans -- adults and children -- from Norway, Russia, the United States and elsewhere. They were riveted as the two grandmasters leaned into the tense game, barely moving, in total silence and deep in thought. Organizers said about 6 million people around the world followed the last games -- sort of like sudden death play in football.
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