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Chess Championship: Carlsen vs. Caruana – live tie-break

So far, in nine games, there were nine draws. Can someone succeed today? Fabiano Caruana (left) and champion Magnus Carlsen during the tenth meeting. (Image: Facundo Arrizabalaga / EPA)

So far, in nine games, there were nine draws. Can someone succeed today? Fabiano Caruana (left) and champion Magnus Carlsen during the tenth meeting. (Image: Facundo Arrizabalaga / EPA)

In 12 games, rival Fabiano Caruana and title holder Magnus Carlsen cannot win the game. But in the tie-break Carlsen wins 3-0 against Fabiano Caruana.

Claudia Rey, Richard Forster

Recent Developments


The winner was the World Chess Championship. Magnus Carlsen wins a tiebreak after three 3-0 quick chess games against Fabiano Caruana. In each of the three games, Carlsen outnumbered his opponent. Article about the party.

Round 12

Even the twelfth and final regular game does not give a winner. Magnus Carlsen and Black put his opponent under pressure at an early stage and seemed to have all the trumps on his side. However, he unexpectedly offered a draw in the 31st move. To Article.

11 round

The eleventh game ends without a big fight again. Magnus Carlsen can do nothing with his advantage. Both players now have 5.5 points. On Monday, the twelfth and last regular game will be played. To Article.

Round 10

The tenth match between champion Magnus Carlsen and rival Fabiano Caruana also ends in a draw. The game could be tilted on both sides. During the game, the first concentration weaknesses became apparent in two players. Friday is the first day of rest before it continues on Saturday with the next round. To Article.

Round 9

Defending champion Magnus Carlsen kicked off the ninth world championship match in chess with a violet, which he lost in football. Nevertheless, he confidently began to play the game, prevailed early and presented his opponent Fabiano Caruana before serious problems. But then he showed too little time and made it possible for Caruana to draw again. To Article.

Round 8

The match between Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana ends for the eighth time in a row. After Caruana broke through the middle before the 20th move, he missed the chance to attack the weakened royal city of Carlsen. This brought Carlsen back into the game and eventually led to another draw. To Article.

Round 7

After an exciting sixth duel, the seventh round between Carlsen and Caruana remained on the boring side and ended in a draw. Carlsen was pleased with the 40th move with the repetition of the train and, thus, with the seventh draw. Both players have 3.5 points. To Article.

Round 6

It was the most exciting match in this competition. In the end, Caruana lacked the strength or imagination to seize the opportunity to learn, which Carlsen unknowingly offered him, and just like in the sixth game, in the 80th move. To Article.

Round 5

The fifth match of the World Cup is also a draw. Again, neither world champion Magnus Carlsen nor his rival Fabiano Caruana will be able to capture the whole point. But the game is the best entertainment. To Article.

Round 4

As in the three previous games, he came to the exchange of many characters and after 20 moves to the final. Carlsen offered a draw in the 34th move in a fully balanced position. The fifth game will take place on Thursday. To Article.

Round 3

As in the second round on Sunday, the players were not very risk averse. After almost all the heavy pieces were out of the game, a balanced game of light figures appeared. The fourth round between Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana will take place on Tuesday. To Article.

Round 2

Also on the second day of the World Chess Championship, the match between Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana ends in a draw. The game of the second round was faster and less impressive than yesterday. Tomorrow is the next day of rest for the two main characters. To Article.

Round 1

The eagerly awaited game to start the World Chess Championship between world champion Magnus Carlsen and a big rival Fabiano Caruana ends in a draw. To Article.

World champion Magnus Carlsen from Norway and his rival Fabiano Caruana from the USA duel at the World Chess Championship in London. For the first time the World Cup match ended without a single decisive match with a tie after the regular season. (Photos: Fredrik Warfjell / Imago, Paul Childs / Reuters)
Round 12, Monday, November 26: The twelfth and final regular game between current world champion Magnus Carlsen and challenger Fabio Caruana also ends without a winner. – The tournament usually runs over 12 rounds. If the participant reaches 6.5 points, the World Cup ends prematurely. (Image: imago)
Round 11, Saturday, November 24: Sergey Karjakin (left) made the first move. In 2016, Carlsen beat Russian Sergey Karjakin only in a tiebreaker (after four games of rapid chess). – In his latest regular game with Weiss, world champion Magnus Carlsen tested his opponent in the popular version of the Russian opening. The game ended without a big fight with a draw in 55 moves. (Image: Facundo Arrizabalaga / EPA)
Round 10, Thursday, November 22: Tenth round between Magnus Carlsen (pictured) and Fabiano Caruana (November 22). Since both players are considered equally strong, and they avoid the risk of defeat, both play quite intentionally; all ten games end in a draw. (Image: Facundo Arrizabalaga / EPA)
Round 9, Wednesday, November 21: In football, Magnus Carlsen suffered a facial blister while playing chess, during which time he gained a slight advantage. But more recently, Carlsen and his rival Fabiano Caruana again drew. (Image: Facundo Arrizabalaga / EPA)
Round 8, Monday, November 19If Fabiano Caruana had chosen a more acute attack mode in this round, his first victory would have been hard to beat. So ended the game eventually again with a draw. Picture: Chess players gather at the College in London / Camden, where the world chess championships are held and professional games are played. (Image: Facundo Arrizabalaga / EPA)
Round 7, Sunday, November 18: Also in Sunday's seventh game, defending champions Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana are played again with a draw. Caruana responded quickly; the world champion obviously has problems showing his best form. (Image: Facundo Arrizabalaga / EPA)
Round 6, Friday, November 16: Timeout in the match between Carlsen and Caruana in London. Until now, all games ended in a draw – even the sixth. (Image: Facundo Arrizabalaga / EPA)
Round 5, Thursday, November 15: World champion Magnus Carlsen (b.) Fabiano Caruana was not surprised in the fifth world championship match and fought in a draw. This is after five rounds between Norwegian and American 2½: 2½. (Image: Facundo Arrizabalaga / EPA)
Round 4, Tuesday, November 13: None of the owners of Magnus Carlsen (left) won, and his rival Fabiano Caruana. The fourth game ends again. (Image: Facundo Arrizabalaga / EPA)
Round 3, Monday, November 12: Challenger Fabiano Caruana from the United States and Norwegian champion Magnus Carlsen (pictured) also plays in the third match of the World Chess Cup in London. (Image: Fredrik Warfjell / Imago)
Round 2, Saturday, November 10: Magnus Carlsen (left) makes a move against Fabiano Caruana. The contender Caruana also fights for a draw in the second game. World champion Magnus Carlsen chooses a female gambit, but soon shows that this time Caruana is perfectly prepared. After 49 moves, competitors agree on a point division. (Image: Fredrik Warfjell / Imago)
Round 1, Friday, November 9: The current world champion Magnus Carlsen (left) from Norway awards many chances to win the opening match and only agrees to a draw after seven hours (115 moves). Fabiano Caruana opened with a double-pitch e-pawn – Carlsen responded somewhat surprisingly to Sicily’s risky defense. (Image: Matt Dunham / AP)
The 2018 World Chess Championship is being held in London; It will be held in the College building with an audience of about 400 people. The competition is scheduled for a maximum of twelve games, the prize fund is one million dollars. (Image: Matt Dunham / AP)
Fabiano Caruana (left) and Magnus Carlsen (right) watch a piece of young chess fans. The winner of the game gets one point, the loser is lost. If the game ends in a draw, each player gets a half point. For a World Cup title, a player needs 6.5 points – if this value is reached, the world championship ends prematurely. (Image: Facundo Arrizabalaga / EPA)
The current world champion Magnus Carlsen, who turns November 28 to November 30, is a bit approved due to his long experience. The duet of Carlsen-Caruana, according to NZZ, is comparable to the legendary rivals Karpov and Kasparov; Carlsen and Caruana are currently considered the strongest players around the world. (Image: Matt Dunham / AP)
Challenger world champion Carlsen – Fabiano Caruana, an American of Italian descent. In the summer of this year, he turned 26 years old, and he can already look back on a great career: in 2016 he became an international champion and in 2017 a grandmaster. (Figure: Matt Dunham / AP) To article Go to other sections of the image

Carlsen or Caruana – who wins the crown at the World Chess Championship?

The most important thing in brief

At the World Chess Championship in London, from 9 to 28 November, 27-year-old Norwegian Magnus Carlsen and 26-year-old American Fabiano Caruana will compete for the world champion title. Carlsen can become the world champion for the fourth time in a row after 2013, 2014 and 2016. Caruana for the first time participating in the World Cup. Although Carlsen is considered the favorite, Caruana is quite capable of defeating a world champion.

World Chess Cup details

Starting position

For Magnus Carlsen, the fight with Fabiano Caruana is the biggest challenge in his career. The starting position is more balanced than ever in the 132-year history of the World Chess Championship: both competitors today are not only the undisputed best players, but also of almost the same age and equal.

For the first time, Norwegian is no longer the clear favorite. His huge leadership over the years in the world rankings, once more than 40 Elo points, melted down to an insignificant 3. His rival Caruana won the tournament victory this year and was much more successful than Carlsen. First of all, American is one of the few who meets Carlsen at eye level. Make a favorite, experts this year is difficult.


Magnus Carlsen can become the world chess champion for the fourth time in a row. (Image: imago)

Magnus Carlsen can become the world chess champion for the fourth time in a row. (Image: imago)

Magnus Carlsen, world champion

  • Age: 27 years old
  • Elo rating: 2835
  • World ranking: 1st place
  • Grandmaster at the age of 13 years, 4 months and 27 days

Magnus Carlsen is a chess superstar. At the age of 20, he became the number one world – as young as everyone before him. In May 2014, he reached the Elo rating of 2882, surpassing Garry Kasparov's record since July 1999 (2851 points). Carlsen has an intuitive understanding of the game and is therefore compared with chess legend Anatoly Karpov.

He stands out not only for his talent, but also for his egocentrism. Carlsen likes to provoke opponents, whether in social networks or gestures and facial expressions during the game. Norwegian once modeled a G-Star denim label and named a yellow copy of himself in the Simpsons episode. His second passion, besides chess, is football.

Carlsen says before the duel: “This time is a real duel. Being a world champion has become part of my identity, and, accordingly, it is a lot. I don't care what a world champion is. But I do not want him to be someone else. It's a bit shameful, I must honestly admit. This is not how it should be. ”

Fabiano Caruana. (Image: imago)

Fabiano Caruana. (Image: imago)

Fabiano Caruana, challenger

  • Age: 26 years old
  • Elo rating: 2832
  • World ranking: 2nd place
  • Grandmaster aged: 14 years, 11 months and 20 days

Fabiano Caruana was born to Italians in Miami and grew up in Brooklyn. He started playing chess at school when he was 5 years old – not quite voluntarily: the teachers and parents sent him to chess, because they hoped to teach the wild boy something like that. Soon, Caruana was playing chess at every free minute. At the age of 10 he first defeated the grandmaster. To promote their talented son, parents moved with Caruana from the USA to Europe. Caruana dropped out of school after the 7th grade, and from now on she only played chess. Ten days before his 15th birthday, he became a Grand Master.

In March of this year, he achieved his greatest success: he won the candidate's tournament in Berlin and, thus, won the right to compete in the World Cup against Carlsen.

Caruana was repeatedly compared to Bobby Fisher – not only because both grew up in Brooklyn and were successful at a young age. As once, the fisherman Caruana maintains a universal style of play with a huge appetite for chess. And it is distinguished by its incredible ability to concentrate. However, unlike Fisher, Caruana lacks eccentricity. He is considered a good boy next door and he avoids him, unlike Carlsen, to provoke opponents.

Caruana says before the duel: “It’s like boxing or mixed martial arts. This is a duel strike in which both of us will try to gain the upper hand and impose our will on the other. ”

So ends the World Chess Championship


The World Chess Championship in London runs no more than 12 regular games. The winner of each game gets one point, the loser remains empty. If the game ends in a draw, each player gets a half point. To win a world title, a player needs 6.5 points. If this value is reached, the World Cup ends prematurely.

Thinking time is 100 minutes for the first 40 moves, then 50 minutes for the next 20 moves and 15 minutes for the rest of the game. Each train has a time credit of 30 seconds. Drawn sentences are allowed only after the 30th move from Schwartz.

If it is a tie after 12 rounds, the tiebreaker decides on winning the World Cup. The tiebreak includes 4 fast chess games and up to 4 flash games. If no decision is made, you should play Armageddon. In this format, a player with white pieces must win, but will have more time to think than a player with black pieces who draws a draw to win the competition.


Thursday, November 8: Opening Ceremony

Saturday, November 10: Round 2 from 16:00

Sunday, November 11: Break

Monday, November 12: Round 3 from 16:00

Tuesday, November 13: Round 4 from 16:00

Wednesday, November 14: Break

Thursday, November 15: Round 5 from 4:00 p.m.

Friday, 16. November: Round 6 of 16 hours

Saturday, November 17: break

Sunday November 18: Round 7 of 16 hours

Monday, November 19: Round 8 from 16:00

Tuesday, November 20: Break

Wednesday, November 21: Round 9 from 4 pm

Thursday, November 22: 10th round from 16:00

Friday, November 23: Break

Saturday, November 24: Round 11 from 16:00

Sunday November 25: Break

Monday, November 26: Round 12 from 16:00

Tuesday, November 27: Break

Wednesday, November 28: Tie-breaks

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