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Norwegian chess master trying to become one of youngest champs ever

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Magnus Carlsen, the 22-year-old Norwegian chess wunderkind, is now up by two games in his quest to defeat Viswanathan Anand, the reigning champion, at the 2013 World Chess Championship in Chennai, India.

Anand (above left), 43, has held the title since 2007. But Carlsen attained the World Chess Federation's (FIDE) world number-one ranking at the age of 19, and it now appears that he's on his way to a victory over the longtime Indian grand master.

The most recent match between the two, the seventh of 12, ended in a draw, as did the first four; Carlsen won rounds five and six, which gives him a lead of 4.5 to 2.5. If Carlsen manages to secure a victory, he would tie Russian grand master Garry Kasparov as the youngest undisputed champion in history — Kasparov first won the title in 1983 at the age of 22. Carlsen previously trained with Kasparov for about a year.

The 2013 World Chess Championship is scheduled to continue through Nov. 28.

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