Magnus and (most of the) his team returned to Norway yesterday to a great reception.
It is time to finally provide an account of the last games.
The change of direction of the match after the last rest day was appreciated by the spectators. In game 9 Anand came out blazing with 1.d4 and the 5.f3 Nimzo-Indian. The early g4 lead to a race, Magnus advancing on the queen side and Anand.s pawn storm on the king side. It looked dangerous for black and Magnus needed to find all the right moves to survive. After white played Rf4 threatening Rh4 and mate on h7, the position was still unclear despite the extra black queen. With less than 10 minutes left on 12 moves Anand suddenly miscalculated and after Nf1, (instead of Bf1) Qe1 clinched a full point for Magnus.
Not many had significant expectations for the last game as a draw with white would finish the match for Magnus, and Anand seemed beyond realistic hope trailing 3-6.
Some inaccuracies by both players, including what was probably a missed win or two by Magnus does not diminish the fact that they fought until just kings were left on the table!
Consequently Magnus won the World Championship title with 6.5 points against 3.5 in the best-of-twelve match!

On the prize giving ceremony, Magnus was awarded an impressive trophy, a gold medal, a symbolic check and a garland, and Anand received a huge silver plate and his check.
In the VIP lounge right after the ceremony, eager photographers taking pictures of Magnus with the gold medal fought for the best places creating a commotion we have never experienced before except maybe earlier in this match!
With some help from the organisers and local police Magnus and the team could move on to interviews and press sessions in the media centre upstairs.

Magnus felt the turning point of the match was game 3 and 4. Despite Magnus.s difficult position in game 3, the way that Anand seemed slightly uncomfortable and did not go for the critical lines contributed to a renewed confidence on Magnus.s part. From game 4 onwards he settled into his usual stride and just enjoyed the match.

It might be a disadvantage to play on your opponent.s home ground in chess as in other sports, but this effect was ameliorated by the way the organisers, headed by Mr. Sundar, and the hotel with all its great staff and our butler Syed, really did everything they could to make Magnus and the team comfortable. The playing conditions, the hotel rooms, the food, and service, the opportunity to play football and basketball on some of the rest days and the hospitality and kindness shown by Indians we met, all contributed to our wellbeing. Thank you, we are eternally grateful!
Once Anand lost in round 5, playing at home with all the expectations and broad support he received throughout the match might even have been a significant disadvantage in the end.
After the match Magnus observed that playing on one of the players home ground adds another dimension to the match.

At the airport we were greeted with water canons and met by the Baerum mayor, journalists and enthusiasts.

Magnus are really grateful to his seconds, headed by Jon Ludvig Hammer, his team, and everyone who has supported him one way or another to help him reach and win the World Championship match against V.Anand. Thank you!!
For Team Carlsen, Henrik C., Haslum, November 28th, 2013