World Chess Championship 2018

The World Chess Championship 2018 takes place in London in November 2018. between the challenger Fabiano Luigi Caruana (USA, ELO 2827) and the defending world chess champion Magnus Carlsen (NORWAY, ELO 2839). It is a 12-game chess match to determine the World Chess Champion.

Fabiano Luigi Caruana
Fabiano Luigi Caruana

The Italian-American chess grandmaster Fabiano Luigi Caruana (born July 30, 1992 in Miami, USA) grew up in Park Slope, Brooklyn, started playing chess at age 5 and played for the United States until 2005. He is a chess prodigy who became a grandmaster at the age of 14 years, 11 months and 20 days.



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Magnus Carlsen

Magnus Carlsen (born 30 November 1990 in Tonsburg, Norway) is a chess prodigy who started playing chess at age 5. At two years, he could solve 50-piece jigsaw puzzles; at four, he enjoyed assembling Lego sets. He achieved his peak rating of 2882 in 2014, which is the highest in chess history. He is number 1 on the rating list and became chess grandmaster at the age of 13 years, 4 months and 27 days.

The Chess Match

Game 1: F. Caruana vs M. Carlsen - draw / Sicilian Defense/Bb5

Game 2: M. Carlsen vs F. Caruana - draw / Queens Gambit Declined - Bf4 Variation

Game 3: F. Caruana vs M. Carlsen - draw / Sicilian Defense/Bb5

Game 4: M. Carlsen vs F. Caruana - draw / English

Game 5: F. Caruana vs M. Carlsen - draw / Sicilian Defense/Bb5

GM Jaan Ehlvest: " Not seriously, what the f...crap is going on in London, I would disqualify both players, this is the human achievement in chess. No creativity, no willingness, nothing, complete impotence ".

Game 6: M. Carlsen vs F. Caruana - draw / Russian Defense

GM Vasilios Kotronias: " I wrote a book on Anand-Carlsen, the first one, that was a real match. Now they are merely shifting wood. One might argue that the first game was winnning for Carlsen and that after that they are still fighting a lot. But their opening choices are too far timid for a Wch match. And in any case, I have a counter-argument for the first game. Carlsen was winning easily on so many occasions by penetrating to b2 with the Queen for example, it is a very easy and risk free decision for a GM of this caliber. Why he didn't do it? Looking at the game it made me feel that he really did not want to win! I may be wrong, but this is what I felt. It is the strangest match I've seen in my whole life, to say the least. I hope I am proven wrong in the remaining games. But so far this match is a big big zero, and all people around it are trying to make it appear interesting, which is not at all true. "

The first player who reaches 6.5 points wins the match. If it ends in a 6-6 tie tiebreaks will be played on November 28th. The prize fund is 1 million euros, the winner gets 60%, the loser 40%.

Game 1 - Sicilian Defense

Carlsen (Black) answered first move 1.e4 with 1...c5 playing the Sicilian defense.

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White moves

After the dubious white move 18.Nh5 attacking the bishop Carlsen palyed 18..Be5 and reached a favorable position due to his bishop pair and weakened white kingside.

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Black moves

However, in the position above Carlsen gave away most of his advantage by playing the passive move 21..Nf8 sacrificing the f-pawn. Caruana captured the pawn 22.Nxf, but Black has still a slight edge as he has the better position. His pieces are aiming to the white kingside and he has the two bishops, which are very flexible in the long run.

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Black moves

Carlsen managed to open up the white kingside, Caruana was trying to keep it closed to stop the black pieces from penetrating into his position. However, in this critical position above Carlsen could win the game by penetrating with his queen playing 34..Qf6 (or Qe5) threatening to penetrate to b2 along the diagonal 35.Qf2 Qb2 36.Kd1 b5 37.Qd2 Qxa2 and White is helpless. See below

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White moves
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