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Carlsen - Caruana World Championship Match (2018)

The World Chess Championship 2018 between reigning world champion since 2013, Magnus Carlsen, and challenger Fabiano Caruana, a 12-game match organized by FIDE and its commercial partner Agon, was played in London, at The College in Holborn, from November 9-28 2018. Caruana qualified as challenger at the World Championship Candidates (2018).

The time control was 100 minutes for the first 40 moves, 50 minutes for the next 20 moves and 15 minutes for the rest of the game, with a 30-second increment per move from move 1. Colors alternated between games except after game 6, so the same player played with White in games 6 and 7. Draw agreements were not allowed before Black's 30th move.

If the match was tied after 12 games, tie-break games would be played on November 28 to determine the winner, starting with a best-of-four rapid match at 25 minutes per player and a 10-second increment; if still tied, up to five two-game blitz minimatches at 5 minutes per player and a 3-second increment, the winner of any minimatch winning the championship; if still tied, an Armageddon game to determine the champion.

All classical games, and the first rapid tie-break game, began at 15:00 UTC (10:00 USA/Eastern). Ten-minute breaks between tie-break games were stipulated in the regulations but could be waived by the Chief Arbiter.

Official site: https://worldchess.com. Schedule: https://worldchess.com/tournament/1.... See also https://www.chess.com/article/view/... and https://www.chess.com/article/view/...

After 12 draws in the classical games, Carlsen won the first three tie-break games and defended the title.

Elo Classical Rapid Carlsen 2835 1 1 1 9 Caruana 2832 0 0 0 6

Previous event: Carlsen - Karjakin World Championship Match (2016)

 page 1 of 1; 15 games  PGN Download 
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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Kibitzer's Corner
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Jan-15-19  john barleycorn: <Jan-15-19
Premium Chessgames Member Sally Simpson: *** ...>

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

<Jan-14-19
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 ...

Jan-15-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  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...

Jan-15-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  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 :-) )
Jan-15-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Jan-15-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.
Jan-16-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  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)

Jan-16-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  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

Jan-16-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  keypusher: <alexmagnus> Thanks, very interesting. Unfortunately DeepMind didn't give game-by-game results for the A0-SF thousand game match (or any of their submatches). They had a 16% decisive games rate in the thousand game match (+155-6=839).
Jan-17-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: < <Also, Carlsen's last 21 classical games were all draws.>

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

I made a mistake......of relying on the <cg.com> DB; it omits the seventh round game, Svidler-Carlsen, from the European Club Cup from October. Exacerbated by the circumstance that Svidler-Carlsen from Biel last July is duplicated:

Svidler vs Carlsen, 2018 Svidler vs Carlsen, 2018

Carlsen's win yesterday means his unbeaten streak is now 33 games (+5 =28).

Apr-19-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  amadeus: All World Matches games have now Stockfish's evaluations.

Thanks for all of you that have joinned the effort.

Apr-19-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  harrylime: letz take chess into the world beyond with stockfish 👍😚😚😚
Apr-19-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  harrylime: This match lol lol lol lol

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Apr-19-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: <Hazz>, rest assured, computers will never replace you....but they might pull out your plug...

Humans of the world - unite and take over: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJR...

Apr-20-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  Joshka: <amadeus> Thank YOU for your efforts!
Aug-04-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: An unsolicited email from worldchess.com...

<Historic ST Dupont Roller Ball pen $2,000.00

Own a piece of history the S.T.Dupont pen used by Magnus Carlsen during the World Chess Championship Match in London in November of 2018 to record moves. The pen is part of the chess history.

It was developed by the famed S.T.Dupont for the 2018 Match. The iconic Line D rollerball pen is adorned with black natural lacquer with meteorite dust and finished in palladium.

It comes with the signed certificate. This is a unique product. It arrives in a bespoke box with a medallion.>

There's a drawing joke in there somewhere....

Aug-05-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  Tabanus: I have emails from Henrik Carlsen for sale.
Aug-05-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  saffuna: Meteorite dust?
Oct-16-19  Chesgambit: Caruana plays solid
Oct-25-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  AylerKupp: <<john barleycorn> Now, of course, it would be interesting to see how "Fischer" rules (10 to win, 9-9) would do?>

I just noticed this and, OK, you aroused my curiosity. But not only will it take several pages to post my response but it is really off-topic for this page so I've posted my findings on my forum starting at AylerKupp chessforum (kibitz #1537).

<WARNING> It's a 9-part post so it is longer than my usual "concise" posts. :-) As Dante might have said, "Abandon all hope ye who enter there."

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