Magnus Carlsen has won the World Chess Championship after a three-week stalemate with challenger Fabiano Caruana. Carlsen, the reigning champion, won three of four games in which each player had 25 minutes to complete his moves, pumping his fist after the opening one.Known as the Mozart of Chess, the 27-year-old, from Norway, has held the title since 2013.This latest victory is his fourth in a row, and he takes away a cheque for €1m (£880,000)."It was one of those days when it's just flowing," Carlsen told Sky News, "and the game is a lot of fun."I didn't feel too much pressure today. I knew that if I'm able to show the best version of myself that I was going to win."The match took place behind soundproof glass on a stage at The College in Holborn, central London.A detective agency was called in to ensure no one cheated, with metal detectors, device sweeping, and advanced surveillance employed to keep the championships clean.Prior to Wednesday's event, Carlsen and Caruana, … [Read more...] about Checkmate! Reigning champion Magnus Carlsen retains world chess title
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They've been stuck in a thrilling deadlock for much of the month of November— Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana have been trying to overcome the razor-thin margin of skill that divides them in order to grab the crown of World Chess Champion. So far, it's proved too difficult a task. … [Read more...] about Checkmate awaits in the World Chess Championship
WorldAn American could become World Chess Champion for the first time since Bobby Fischer took the crown in 1972.Fabiano Caruana has drawn against reigning champion Magnus Carlsen from Norway in 11 games so far this tournament.Their 12th—and possibly last—game began at 10.00 a.m. ET (3.00 p.m. GMT) Monday in London. It is being streamed live on Twitch.tv and chess.com.So far, the players are tied on 5.5 points each, with half a point granted for each of their 11 draws.If noone wins today’s game, the pair will embark on a series of increasingly shorter tiebreak games. The eventual winner will take home not just glory, but a cash prize of €1 million ($1,134,600).Players normally start with 100 minutes each on the clock in which to make their moves. But the tie-break games, tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, are much shorter, the BBC noted. Four 25-minute games come next, with just 10 seconds added to the clock after every move.If Caruana and Carlsen … [Read more...] about Who Is Fabiano Caruana? Player Looks to Become First American World Chess Champion Since 1972
LONDON (Reuters) - World Chess Championship officials might rethink the role of ceremonial starter after Hollywood actor Woody Harrelson knocked over a king and moved the wrong pawn in a comical start to the 2018 event in London on Friday. Norwegian title holder Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana were bemused onlookers as the U.S. actor began their eagerly anticipated match-up by knocking over the American challenger's king, the move that traditionally signals a concession. Caruana had asked the "Hunger Games" and "Cheers" actor to move his pawn to start the game, only for Harrelson to hit the king and moved a different piece. A bewildered Caruana initially appeared to accept the mistake before officials allowed the pawn to be returned. A grinning Harrelson then moved the correct pawn before quickly exiting the stage. It was a memorable start to the 1 million euro (£873,350) contest, which organisers expect to be watched by millions around the world. The duo are scheduled to play … [Read more...] about World Chess Championship starts with Harrelson blunder
The 2018 World Chess Championship between three-time defending champion Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana, the first American to compete since the legendary Bobby Fischer in 1972, kicks off in London on Friday. Norwegian master Carlsen, 27, is seeking to cement his reputation as history's greatest chess player, while 26-year-old Caruana is a prodigy helping to return mass appeal to the highbrow game. The pair will face off a maximum of 12 times from Friday until November 26 -- with games scheduled to start at 1500 GMT -- in the bi-annual contest held in a former London art and design school building. Chess has its own unique scoring system that awards the winner of each game one point, while a draw sees the contenders get half a point each. The title goes to the first person to reach 6.5 points, with a rapid series of tiebreakers played in case the two are level after the first 12 games. Carlsen -- a superstar at home in Norway who is also a … [Read more...] about Can Magnus Carlsen remain world chess champion in face-off with American Fabiano Caruana?