Norwegian chess grandmaster Magnus Carlsen, ranked No. 1 in the world, won a match dubbed "Carlsen vs. The World" at the 2nd Grand Chess Festival held at Mexico's National Autonomous University, or UNAM, in this capital.

The Saturday match lasted two hours and Carlsen faced off online against thousands of players who joined together to oppose him.

His many opponents selected from among three potential moves presented to them at every step in the match, and the move receiving the most votes was the one made against Carlsen, who then responded with his own move.

On the 38th move, "The World," which played black, resigned.

This was not the only triumph of the day for Carlsen, who at the same time played black against a portion of the crowd in the Nezahuacoyotl hall at UNAM and eventually forced them to resign also.

The 21-year-old grandmaster's activities at the chess festival will conclude on Monday with a rapid, blind match against the winner of Sunday's game between grandmasters Judith Polgar of Hungary and Mexico's Manuel Leon Hoyos.

The grandmasters are playing two games, a rapid-move 20-minute match and another with their eyes covered at which they will say their moves out loud and must play the game without being able to look at the board. EFE