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🏆 Carlsen - Caruana World Championship Match (2018) Chess Event Description
The World Chess Championship 2018 between reigning world champion since 2013, ... [more]

Player: Fabiano Caruana

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Caruana vs Carlsen ½-½1152018Carlsen - Caruana World Championship MatchB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
2. Carlsen vs Caruana ½-½492018Carlsen - Caruana World Championship MatchD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
3. Caruana vs Carlsen ½-½492018Carlsen - Caruana World Championship MatchB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
4. Carlsen vs Caruana ½-½342018Carlsen - Caruana World Championship MatchA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
5. Caruana vs Carlsen ½-½332018Carlsen - Caruana World Championship MatchB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
6. Carlsen vs Caruana ½-½802018Carlsen - Caruana World Championship MatchC42 Petrov Defense
7. Carlsen vs Caruana ½-½402018Carlsen - Caruana World Championship MatchD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. Caruana vs Carlsen ½-½382018Carlsen - Caruana World Championship MatchB33 Sicilian
9. Carlsen vs Caruana ½-½562018Carlsen - Caruana World Championship MatchA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
10. Caruana vs Carlsen ½-½542018Carlsen - Caruana World Championship MatchB33 Sicilian
11. Carlsen vs Caruana ½-½552018Carlsen - Caruana World Championship MatchC42 Petrov Defense
12. Caruana vs Carlsen ½-½312018Carlsen - Caruana World Championship MatchB33 Sicilian
13. Carlsen vs Caruana 1-0512018Carlsen - Caruana World Championship MatchB40 Sicilian
14. Caruana vs Carlsen 0-1282018Carlsen - Caruana World Championship MatchB33 Sicilian
15. Carlsen vs Caruana 1-0552018Carlsen - Caruana World Championship MatchA22 English
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Dec-10-18  Everett: And he established the c4-e4 pawn formation as White in the rapid tie-breaks... as a fan of of the Botvinnik Formation myself, I found this to be interestinv
Dec-11-18  Howard: Keep in mind that Karpov-Kasparov I may have been just a statistical fluke.

Offhand, I think the six-wins system is probably worth trying again. Or, perhaps, how about four-wins? After all, the latter was used in the 1974 Candidates semi-finals.

Dec-14-18  Octavia: <flawless> sorry to talk to you here, but I didn't see how I could talk to you on your own page:

thanks very much for collecting all the Naiditsch/Csaba games! I'm getting the book for xmas & am looking forward to use your link to the games!!!

wishing you a happy New Year!

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  thegoodanarchist: <The scores achieved in a match are actually expected to follow a trinomial distribution...>

All the cool kids use dodecanomial distributions.

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  Richard Taylor: < Sally Simpson: ***
Hi Richard,

"Chess is really for club players..."

Of course it is. I've just come back from watching my juniors winning a league match 3 -2. One draw! a lovely missed win and game turning blunders. Chess won't die because the top players cannot beat each other.

9 draws. I'm enjoying it. Intriguing. It's now down to nerves. Both know a loss cannot be recovered. And for people complaining - recall ever since and before Carlsen - Karjakin World Championship (2016) everyone and their dog wanting this match to happen.

You have to be careful what you wish for.

*** >

Thanks for this reply, just noticed this. Regards, RT

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  Breunor: In terms of the old 12-12 match as opposed to 12 games, I suspect a major, if not the major consideration is money. These matches are expensive and if there isn't enough sponsorship, a long match may not be sustainable.
Dec-27-18  Petrosianic: <Bruenor> That's an interesting point, because it raises the question about where the money goes. Surely the sponsor himself makes more money from a 24 game match than a 12 game one. This suggests that what makes the cost prohibitive is how much the players themselves charge to play that many games. It may be the players themselves pricing themselves out of the market.
Dec-27-18  mahmoudkubba: Is/are there any collection(s) for the last championship??? If so, what is/are its/their name(s)???
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  minasina: <mahmoudkubba: Is/are there any collection(s) for the last championship??? If so, what is/are its/their name(s)???>

What collection(s)? I'm not sure, what you are asking. Could you, please, ask your question with another words?

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  Breunor: Petrosianic,

There are lots of costs besides the players. There are Federations, Fide officials, advertising, space and conference areas needed for spectators and journalists, seconds of the players and their families, playing spaces, and probably abut 50 other things I'm not thinking about. I know the 2000 match between Kasparov and Krammnik was (at that time) short largely because of problems with funding.

Of course player's purses matter; at the end of the day the reason Kasparov created the PCA was that they found better funding for the players. Generally though nowadays the player's purses are the residual after the sponsor has to make all of the other payments.

Unfortunately you cannot separate economic considerations when you think of these big matches.

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  Sally Simpson: ***

First post this year on this forgettable and very dreary match.

Happy to report the match got the book it deserved and is being pulled from shelves and refunds offered.

I've defended RDK in the past but this is a baddie. Cutting and pasting in known errors...

The real annoying thing from my point of view is that I find RDK one of the most humorous and instructive writers on the game when he wants to and he has no need to do this. It's really baffling why this happens.

This is Olimpiu Urcan review.


Jan-15-19  Howard: Why isn't Caruana, by the way, not at Tata Steel ?
Jan-15-19  john barleycorn: <Jan-15-19
Premium Chessgames Member Sally Simpson: *** ...>

Well, the ever attentive <MissScarlett> was a day earlier.

Premium Chessgames Member MissScarlett: <Ray>, what's going on?>

Jan-15-19  john barleycorn: <Howard: Why isn't Caruana, by the way, not at Tata Steel ?>

Understand who will.

Jan-15-19  john barleycorn: <...

Offhand, I think the six-wins system is probably worth trying again. Or, perhaps, how about four-wins? ...>

Actually one win more than the opponent could be enough...these days ... no horse jumps higher than it has to ...

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  alexmagnus: < No way could you get 24 straight drawn games! >

Karpov-Kasparov I had 17 straight draws, and there players <had> to win something to decide the match...

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  alexmagnus: Also, Carlsen's last 21 classical games were all draws. As were Caruana's last 19 classical games.
Jan-15-19  john barleycorn: Nobody wins a match or tournament by draws ( except Curacao 1962 :-) )
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  Sally Simpson: ***

Hi JB.

Did not see Miss Scarlett's post on RDK's thread. Thought here, the event that the book was about was a place to post.

Still cannot understand why. He must know there is a small army of faultfinders out there who scan and analyse in great detail everything he puts his name too.


"Why isn't Caruana at Tata Steel."

He just played 14, drew 14 in London recently (the W.C. final and was one of the 'Fantastic Four' taking part in the great carve up that was London Chess Classic (2018) ) and skipped off with just under half a million quid. What does he want to play in that event for.


Jan-15-19  john barleycorn: <Sally Simpson> yeah, RDK is a phenomenon. In 1980 he brought out a book and the German translation sold at Dortmund tournament like currywurst. (Aktive Schachstrategie I). But ever after his book on Nimzowitsch, which was good imo ... well ... no comment
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  MissScarlett: <Also, Carlsen's last 21 classical games were all draws.>

20, isn't it? And a 31-game unbeaten streak (+4 =27).

Jan-15-19  john barleycorn: Give or take a hot chicken wing bbq on the weekend.
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  alexmagnus: Regarding first to six wins system. I decided to look up what would have happened in the TCEC superfinals were first to six wins. All 13 seasons so far. After all, draw rates are quite similar.

1: Houdini beats Rybka 6-1 after 23 games..
2: Houdini-Rybka 6-5(32)
3: no superfinal
4: Houdini-Stockfish 6-4 (48)
5: Komodo-Stockfish 6-4 (25)
6: Stockfish-Komodo 6-2 (31)
7: Komodo-Stockfish 6-4 (60)
8: Komodo-Stockfish 6-1 (78)
9: Stockfish-Houdini 6-1 (21)
10: Houdini-Komodo 6-1 (40)
11: Stockfish-Houdini 6-0 (26)
12: Stockfish-Komodo 6-1 (27)
13: Stockfish-Komodo 6-2 (53)

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  alexmagnus: Same first to 4 wins:

1: Houdini-Rybka 4-0 (7)
2: Rybka-Houdini 4-1 (9)
4: Houdini-Stockfish 4-2 (26)
5: Komodo-Stockfish 4-3 (11)
6: Stockfish-Komodo 4-0 (18)
7: Komodo-Stockfish 4-2 (26)
8: Komodo-Stockfish 4-0 (38)
9: Stockfish-Houdini 4-1 (17)
10: Houdini-Komodo 4-0 (14)
11: Stockfish-Houdini 4-0 (21)
12: Stockfish-Komodo 4-1 (17)
13: Stockfish-Komodo 4-0 (29)

Jan-16-19  john barleycorn: <alexmagnus: Regarding first to six wins system. ... >

Thanks for that. Now, of course, it would be interesting to see how "Fischer" rules (10 to win, 9-9) would do? I hope you will find time to figure that out. thanks in advance

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