Originally posted by gorookyourself
...and then everyone would say Anand lost because he is old (42)
I don't think age has anything to do with chess.
If Carlsen did win I bet he keeps the title for atleast 10 years.
I can only speak for myself, but at 44 and having played in tournaments since I was 21, and can definitely tell that age has taken a toll on my energy, stamina, and ability to concentrate for long periods at the board.
I think, as an adult learning to play tournament chess, that my experience, guile, and accumulated "chess wisdom" allow me to compensate for what age has taken away, but I can still tell.
Even beyond the physical elements, at 42 I can almost guarantee that Anand has more distractions and other elements in his life that have to weigh down on him. Family responsibilities alone tend to increase with age.
Of course, I am generalizing a great deal, but age is definitely a factor- and if I can get Karpov to answer my emails, I'm sure he'll back me up!