If you were the World Chess Champion and you were about to defend your title in a 12-round match against a Russian grandmaster, should you be worried about being hacked? Apparently so, since current World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen has asked Microsoft to protect him from attacks by Russian hackers.It\u2019s not like Carlsen, who became a grandmaster at age 13, practices by playing against a computer. In fact, grandmaster and author Andrew Soltis told NPR that \u201cCarlsen won't even play his computer. He uses it to train, to recommend moves for future competition. But he won't play it because he just loses all the time, and there's nothing more depressing than losing without even being in the game.\u201dBut 25-year-old Carlsen of Norway does use his computer for crunching data for analysis and strategies. He\u2019s reportedly worried that he will be targeted by Russian hackers before the World Chess Championship (WCC) because Carlsen will be playing against challenger Sergey Karjakin, who was described as \u201cthe fiercely-patriotic darling of Russian president Vladimir Putin.\u201d Therefore, Carlsen asked Microsoft to defend him against nation-state attackers before the event.A valid threatMicrosoft just issued a warning last week about the Russian-linked APT group Fancy Bear exploiting a zero-day; the same group is believed to be responsible for data breaches at the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign. Whether it would be Fancy Bear or another Russian group of hackers targeting Carlsen, Microsoft believes the threat is valid enough to protect the World Chess Champion.\u201cThe element of surprise is vitally important in chess,\u201d Vibeke Hansen, the director of communications at Microsoft Norway, told The Telegraph. \u201cTherefore, it is critical that all communication during preparation and the finals is completely secure. Preparing for a World Championship demands a lot of work, analysis and strategic sparring\u2014and a lot of computing power.\u201d\u201cThe last few months before a match are filled with a lot of preparation and hard work,\u201d she added. \u201cIt is crucial that no data is lost or compromised.\u201dMicrosoft Norway will ensure that Carlsen \u201chas a safe training environment and secure communication and collaboration tools.\u201dThe World Chess Championship games begin on Nov. 11 and will continue until Nov. 29, or Nov. 30 in the case of a tiebreaker. To win the 12-match event, a player needs six and a half points; winning a match is worth one point, whereas a draw is worth a half point. Carlsen and Karjakin will play inside a glass, soundproof room on the second-floor atrium of the Fulton Market in Manhattan.Ilya Merenzon, CEO of Agon, the company organizing the 2016 WCC, described Carlsen as \u201ca little bit slow in the beginnings. Sergey will try to beat him in the opening, then hold on for dear life. Expect some fireworks. Both players will try to come up with really cool openings.\u201d\u201cOpenings are the deeply studied first moves in a chess match,\u201d according to Business Insider via the non-ad blocking version on the Stamford Advocate. Merenzon said the 26-year-old challenger \u201cKarjakin has the entire Russian chess machine behind him\u2014and it is a formidable apparatus. The top players in the world are going to [be] working with him. It\u2019s an arms race now, and I know how big the teams are\u2014they're massive.\u201dTickets for the WCC are only $15; Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg are expected to be in the audience watching the match.The winner will have the title of World Chess Champion and a prize fund of up to $1 million.