Since 2007 Anand has been the game’s undisputed champion after winning the fifth title last year in Moscow. Against the world’s current number one Carlsen, experts predict that the road might end for the Indian.
It could take a three-week period, 12 games and a tie-breaker before the contest is eventually settled, but the over the incumbent, the young pretender appears to have a clear edge.
Since their teenage, both the players have enjoyed a remarkable rise in their careers.
Anand at 15 became an international master, at 16 crowned Indian champion, won the world junior title at 17 and at 18 became the country’s first grandmaster.
Carlsen turned grandmaster at 13 and at 19 he became the youngest player in history to be ranked world number one.
Chess King Viswanathan Anand is all set to defend his crown against Norwegian sensation Magnus Carlsen at home in Chennai from Saturday (tomorrow).