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The first officially recognized world Chess championship was held in 1886, when Wilhelm Steinitz beat Johannes Zukertort in a match held in the USA. The outstanding players before this date are well known, but there were no official champions. Each champion has their own particular brand of play - be it aggressive, attacking, tactical or strategic - which is just as personal as their signature.  --Chesmayne

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Viswanathan Anand
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World Chess Champion *
2007 - 2013

Viswanathan Anand wins the World Championship in Mexico City and becomes the undisputed World Chess Champion. Anand finishes undefeated with 9.0 points out of 14 games in an 8-player, double round robin tournament. Kramnik takes second place.

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Magnus Carlsen
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20th World Chess Champion *
2013 - 2014

World #1 Magnus Carlsen becomes the undisputed World Chess Champion by defeating Viswanathan Anand in Chennai, India by 6.5 - 3.5 points without losing a single game. In February 2013, he attained a rating of 2872 which was the highest in history.

Magnus Carlsen
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20th World Chess Champion *
2014 - 2016

Chess champion Magnus Carlsen retained his title defeating GM Viswanathan Anand in the 11th round of their title match by 6.5 - 4.5 points. On move 24, Anand went for an exchange sacrifice giving up his Rook for Carlsen’s black Bishop ending up without sufficient counter play. The match was held from Nov. 7 / Nov. 28, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.

Magnus Carlsen
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20th World Chess Champion *
2016 - Present

GM Magnus Carlsen retained his world title against challenger Sergey Karjakin from Russia winning the rapid tie-break 3 to 1 after the 12 game match ended in a draw with a 6.0-6.0 score. Carlsen wins tie-break game #4 with a spectacular Queen sacrifice final move. This match took place in New York City, from November 11 to November 30, 2016.

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