Viswanathan Anand, the current world champion, exploited a blunder made by challenger Veselin Topalov to win the 12th and final game of their title match today in Sofia, Bulgaria. He remains world champ.
How long Anand will remain champion is another question. He is 40, an age when chess players usually begin to decline. Last year, Kasparov said in an interview with Mail Today that he thought Anand could not hold onto the title much longer. “He is up against people half his age,” Kasparov said. “I will be surprised if he can go on any longer. He can fight against anyone but time.” Looming on the horizon is Magnus Carlsen of Norway, the No. 1 ranked player in the world, who is only 19. Most people, even Anand, have said that they expect Carlsen to become world champion one day.