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Carlsen - Caruana World Championship Match (2018)

The 2018 World Championship between reigning champion, 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, 9-28 November. Caruana qualified as challenger at the World Championship Candidates (2018). The time control was 100 minutes for the first 40 moves, then 50 more minutes for the next 20 moves, and 15 more 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 6-6 after 12 games, tiebreak games would be played on 28 November to determine the winner, starting with a best-of-four Rapid match at 25 minutes per player with a 10-second increment; if still tied, up to five two-game Blitz minimatches at 5 minutes per player with 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 tiebreak game, began at 15:00 UTC (10:00 USA/Eastern). Ten-minute breaks between tiebreak games were stipulated in the regulations but could be waived by the chief arbiter Stephane Escafre.

After 12 consecutive draws in the Classical games, Carlsen won the first three Rapid tiebreak games and defended the title for the third time.

Elo Classical Rapid Carlsen 2835 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 9 Caruana 2832 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 0 0 6

Official site: https://web.archive.org/web/2018113...
Regulations: https://www.fide.com/FIDE/handbook/...
Scheduling: https://worldchess.com/tournament/1...
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FIDE: https://ratings.fide.com/tournament...

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 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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Feb-13-20  rcs784: <SChesshevsky> I believe the Sveshnikov was played in the 2012 Anand-Gelfand WC match. Maybe others, too.
Feb-18-20
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  RookFile: Technically, you can say that Lasker used it against Schlechter, too, although the latter chose a quiet line with white.
Apr-24-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  Eisenheim: I’m not sure if anyone’s ever flushed out this quirky fact. But is Caruana the only player who played in a world championship to be able to say that he never lost a game in normal time format during championship play. For example, Carlson can’t say this since he lost a games in other world championships.
Apr-24-20
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  moronovich: Good call-sounds like you are right <Eisenheim> !
Apr-24-20
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  Messiah: <Eisenheim: I’m not sure if anyone’s ever flushed out this quirky fact. But is Caruana the only player who played in a world championship to be able to say that he never lost a game in normal time format during championship play. For example, Carlson can’t say this since he lost a games in other world championships.> Interesting! And now, that I am thinking about it, must be true.

(Let's make jokes about Khalifman and Ponomariov.)

Apr-24-20
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  AylerKupp: <<Eisenheim> I’m not sure if anyone’s ever flushed out this quirky fact. But is Caruana the only player who played in a world championship to be able to say that he never lost a game in normal time format during championship play.>

No. Lasker in Lasker - Marshall World Championship Match (1907) and Lasker - Janowski World Championship Match (1910) went undefeated. Likewise Capablanca in Lasker - Capablanca World Championship Match (1921), Kramnik in Kasparov - Kramnik Classical World Championship Match (2000), Anand in Anand - Kramnik World Championship Match (2008), and Carlsen in Anand - Carlsen World Championship Match (2013). So, yes, Carlsen can say that he never lost a game in normal (i.e. Classic) time format during championship play.

If you meant to ask whether any <challenger> went undefeated in classic time format during championship play the answer is still no. Capablanca in 1921, Kramnik in 2000, and Carlsen in 2013 all were undefeated as challengers in their WCC matches against defending champions Lasker, Kasparov, and Anand respectively.

Apr-24-20  nok: One counterexample disproves a proposition. Give two and you're on the wordy side.
Apr-24-20
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  Eisenheim: I’m referring to the anomaly of the cumulative. Not a single world championship match. Lasker for example lost a game in normal time format to Steinitz so he wouldn’t qualify. Carlsen lost a game to Karjakin and Anand if I remember. Kramink lost a game to Topalov etc. So none of them would qualify under my trivia. Anyone else?
Apr-24-20
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  beatgiant: <Eisenheim>
Are you counting the FIDE title during the split-title era? For example Ponomariov played Ponomariov-Ivanchuk for the 2002 final without losing a game, and no other title matches.
Apr-25-20
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  Petrosianic: The FIDE Title wasn't the world title. And even if it had been, Ponomariov lost a game to Morozevich in that tournament.
Apr-25-20
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  beatgiant: <Petrosianic>

<The FIDE Title wasn't the world title.> The FIDE title did indeed claim to be of world scope. Whether it was legitimate or not is a matter of debate. I happen to share your opinion, but what I asked for now is <Eisenheim>'s opinion.

<Ponomariov lost a game to Morozevich in that tournament.> Yes, and in 2018 Caruana also lost a game to Karjakin in the tournament that qualified him for the final. We are discussing the <match> between the two finalists, are we not?

Aug-11-20  Sachdev: I look forward to watching these games, haha!
Aug-11-20
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  AylerKupp: <nok> One counterexample disproves a proposition. Give two and you're on the wordy side.>

I think that you are confusing a proposition with a question. <Eisenheim> asked a question so I thought that he deserved a full response. He never made a proposition or expressed a hypothesis that could be proven by a counterexample.

As far at my being on the wordy side, of course I am. It's my nature. I'm surprised that you felt compelled to make such a comment on the obvious.

Jan-02-21  Wanda Nida: Caruana vs Carlsen, 2018 carlsen caruana game 12 is a sacrilege!
Jan-03-21  Wanda Nida: Caruana vs Carlsen, 2018
Sep-16-21  mainechess: Caruana may be the only one to never lose a game in world championship match play, but he's one of the only ones to never win a game as well!

The only other two are Janowski and Marshall I'm pretty sure, if we're only including reasonably undisputed world title matches.

Sep-17-21
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  fredthebear: There was an <AylerKupp> sighting yesterday.
Sep-29-21  James Demery: Didn`t Caruana have winning chances in a couple of these games? I seem to remember that, but I can`t remember which games. I think the match was so short though that he may have felt it was probably too dangerous to take a chance.
Sep-29-21
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  beatgiant: <James Demery> The famous example of Caruana having winning chances is game 8 Caruana vs Carlsen, 2018, where White's <24. h3> was criticized.
Sep-29-21  James Demery: Thank you so much beatgiant!
Sep-29-21
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  keypusher: <James Demery: Didn`t Caruana have winning chances in a couple of these games? I seem to remember that, but I can`t remember which games. I think the match was so short though that he may have felt it was probably too dangerous to take a chance.>

So he counted on beating Carlsen in rapid?

Sep-29-21
Premium Chessgames Member
  beatgiant: <James Demery> Also Caruana vs Carlsen, 2018 with an oddly similar circumstance, White's <24. g3> was criticized.
Oct-12-21  Helios727: I know this is a nit picking question, but when the players received a time bonus of 50 minutes at move 40 and 15 minutes at move 60, was that in addition to the regular 30 seconds per move or instead of it?
Oct-12-21
Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: Not nitpicking at all. In addition. See:

https://www.fide.com/FIDE/handbook/...

Note the subtle difference with this year's match:

<The time control for each game is 120 minutes for the first 40 moves, followed by 60 minutes for the next 20 moves and then 15minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from move 61.>

https://handbook.fide.com/files/han...

Oct-12-21  Helios727: If the new procedure is for the 30 second increment to start on move 61, that would seem to go against the spirit of one of the purposes for Fischer to invent the Fischer clock. Fischer had wanted a 60 second increment for GM games, probably because he figured that a GM can always make at least 1 move per minute. This would mean that GM games would very seldom be lost on time, if at all.
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