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Game 4: The Defense Holds Again

Game 4 of the World Championship on Tuesday ended as the first three had – with a draw. It was also the shortest game of the match, lasting 34 moves and three hours. As in Game 3, neither player made any obvious or big error. Indeed, Magnus Carlsen, the Norwegian World Champion, who had White, chose the English (1 c4), an opening that generally does not put much pressure on Black. After Fabiano Caruana, the…

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Game 3: An error-free day

After three games of the World Championship, neither player has made a dent in the other’s armor. All the games have ended in draws. On Monday, in Game 3, Fabiano Caruana, the American challenger, had White for the second time in the match and, for the second time, he opened with 1 e4. As he had in Game 1, Magnus Carlsen, the World Champion from Norway, replied with the Sicilian Defense (1 … c5) and…

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World Chess Championship Opens with the Red Carpet Gala

London, 8th November 2018, 10pm — Tonight marks the official opening ceremony of the FIDE World Chess Championship 2018, held at a prestigious red-carpet event at the iconic Victoria & Albert Museum.Woody Harrelson came to the 2016 Opening gala in New York as wellGuests from all over the world, including Woody Harrelson, Hou Yifan, Judit Polgar, descended onto London for the glittering evening, hosted by British television presenter, George Lamb. Entertainment included an modern contemporary…

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Game 2: A Fair Result

Two games into the World Championship and neither player in the title match has managed to score a win, but both have now been under pressure. Saturday, in Game 2, Fabiano Caruana, the American challenger, who had Black, emerged from the opening with a small but distinct advantage because the pawns of Magnus Carlsen, the Norwegian World Champion, were far advanced and difficult to defend. But Carlsen was able to force an endgame in which…

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Game 1: A Near Miss for Carlsen

Magnus Carlsen, the World Champion, nearly got the perfect result – a win – on Friday in Game 1 of his title match against Fabiano Caruana. But at several critical moments, Carlsen missed his best moves, allowing Caruana to eke out a draw. Though the result was a disappointment for Carlsen, it was anything but that for fans. The game stretched 115 moves and nearly six hours before the players split the point. Carlsen, 27,…

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Opening Press Conference of the Match Streamed on Facebook Live

World Champion Magnus Carlsen and challenger Fabiano Caruana will be joined by FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich and CEO of World Chess Ilya Merenzon at the official press conference today.The event, open to accredited journalists, will take place at the Championship venue at the College. The press conference will be streamed on facebook live at https://www.facebook.com/theworldchess. It starts at 2PM UK time.

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