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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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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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