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Grandmaster takes knights, bishops... MPs

Fresh off his latest win at the 78th Tata Steel Chess Tournament in Wijk aan Zee, the Netherlands, on Monday, Norwegian grandmaster and world chess champion Magnus Carlsen took on Dutch politicians in The Hague in a simultaneous chess exhibition match (above) the day after.

The Tata Steel tournament is one of the most prestigious events in the international chess calendar.

Mr Carlsen, 25, had issued the challenge last November, with the match scheduled to take place during the traditional after-party of the tournament in the Parliament building. MPs, journalists and even government staff could play against the world champion.

Mr Carlsen, a grandmaster since he was 13, beat defending champion Viswanathan Anand of India in November 2013 to take his first world title.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 04, 2016, with the headline 'Grandmaster takes knights, bishops... MPs'. Print Edition | Subscribe