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Carlsen Wins World Championship

Magnus Carlsen is the once and future king of chess.Wednesday, Carlsen, 27, defended the title he first won in 2013 by beating Fabiano Caruana, 26, in a series of rapid games to break a tie in their match in London.Though Carlsen had struggled during the regulation portion of their match (all 12 games were drawn, which was a record), he manhandled Caruana in the tie-breaker games, winning all three, thereby making the last in the…

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Game 12: Title to Be Decided in Tie-breaks

The identity of the next World Champion will have to wait until Wednesday. Monday, Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana drew Game 12 of their title match in London, leaving the score tied at the end of regulation.The players will go to a series of tie-breaker games on Wednesday to determine the champion. The match has made history, though of an ignoble kind, as all 12 games have ended in draws. It is the first title…

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Game 11: One Game May Decide the Title

Saturday, Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana extended their record-setting streak by drawing the eleventh game of their World Championship match. It is the longest streak to start a title match in history. On Monday, in Game 12, they will have one more chance to clinch the title in regulation. If neither player can win, the match will proceed to tie-breakers on Wednesday. The score in the best-of-12 match stands at 5.5 points apiece. (Each win…

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Game 10: An Intense Fight, the Same Result

Game 10 of the World Championship ended in a draw, but it was not for lack of effort on the part of Magnus Carlsen, 27, the World Champion from Norway, or Fabiano Caruana, 26, the American challenger. For hours, the players waged an intense battle, walking a razor’s edge between success and ruin. In the end, however, after 54 moves and more than five hours, neither player could deliver a knockout blow. The match score…

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Game 9: Still Deadlocked

Wednesday, Game 9 of the World Championship between the champion, Magnus Carlsen, and the challenger, Fabiano Caruana, produced the same result as the first eight games: A draw. The nine consecutive draws to start a World Championship match are a record. The match has become a clash between the irresistible force (Carlsen) and the immovable object (Caruana). In Game 9, Carlsen, 27 and from Norway, had White and, as he had in Game 4, he…

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Game 8: Dubious Record Tied

With a draw on Monday in Game 8 of the World Championship match in London, Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana equaled the record for the most consecutive draws to start a title contest. In 1995, Garry Kasparov and Viswanathan Anand also drew the first eight games of their title match in New York City. The match score stands at four points apiece. Though Game 8 did not lead to a decisive result, it was a…

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Game 7: The Draws Continue

More than half the games in regulation have been played in the World Championship match in London and neither player has been able to notch a victory. The latest effort was Sunday in Game 7. Magnus Carlsen, the World Champion from Norway, had White for the second game in a row and, for the second time in the match, he opened with 1 d4. As he had in Game 2, Fabiano Caruana, steered the game…

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Game 6: The World Champion Escapes

Magnus Carlsen, the World Champion, was on the ropes in Game 6 of the title match in London. But in a long endgame, Fabiano Caruana, the challenger, could find no way to break down Carlsen’s defenses and he was finally able to escape with a draw. The result left the match tied the halfway point at three points apiece; all six games in the contest have ended in draws. The best-of-12 game match has a…

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Game 5: Fireworks and Then Fizzle

After three relatively uneventful draws, the opening of Game 5 of the World Championship in London was sharp and unbalanced. It seemed as if there might finally be a decisive result. But after Magnus Carlsen, the World Champion from Norway, and Fabiano Caruana, the American challenger, blitzed out 18 moves in an obscure variation of the Sicilian Defense, the resulting position left both players with roughly equal chances. Only 15 moves later, after most of…

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Pinkerton Named Official Fair Play Partner

World Chess has announced a partnership with global risk management specialist Pinkerton, to be the Official Anti-Cheating Partner to the FIDE World Chess Championships in London from the 9th – 28th November 2018. Pinkerton, will provide a number of services to prevent cheating or player interference to ensure fair play and the integrity of the most important event in intellectual sports. The FIDE World Chess Championship Match 2018 is taking place at The College, a…

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