And it's on!
After days of uncertainty, the World Championship match between Carlsen and Anand is finally set to happen after the defending title holder signed the contract.
It has been a pleasure signing autographs for the fans in St. Louis. After the tournament I found the time for 1 more pic.twitter.com/wRELuTPko1
— Magnus Carlsen (@MagnusCarlsen) September 7, 2014
No doubt many will be relieved, happy that a potential split in world chess has been averted. On the other hand, FIDE will be quite satisfied by the outcome; they can carry on business-as-usual. Others, particularly the average fan, will just be glad that there is yet another big event to look forward to.
I am, however, slightly disappointed. I was hoping that Carlsen would stick to his guns. I was very curious about what would happen next if he didn't sign. That surely would have made things a lot more interesting.