Magnus Carlsen retains his world chess crown

Carlsen finally gets the better of Fabiano Caruana in tie-breakers

  Norway’s Magnus Carlsen hits the clock as he plays in the tie-break matches of the 2018 World Chess Championship against Fabiano Caruana  in London. Photograph: Getty Images

Norway’s Magnus Carlsen hits the clock as he plays in the tie-break matches of the 2018 World Chess Championship against Fabiano Caruana in London. Photograph: Getty Images

 

After nearly three weeks, the deadlock has been broken – finally Magnus Carlsen has successfully completed the third defence of a World Chess Championship title that he first won in 2013.

Carlsen retained his title on Tuesday against Fabiano Caruana after winning the first three games in the best-of-four quickfire tie-breakers.

After each of the 12 classical games between the Norwegian and the United States’ Caruana ended in a draw – the first time this has happened in 132 years – the historic impasse was broken and won by the favourite.

The first title showdown between the world’s number one and two players since 1990 – when Garry Kasparov and Anatoly Karpov faced off for a fifth and final time – was always pitched as evenly matched during the 12 classical games, but Carlsen is the world’s top-rated rapid player and top-rated blitz player (compared to Caruana’s respective ratings of number eight and 16), so was always in prime position to win any tie-break.

Having done so, he walks away with the €1 million prize and title after a tournament that has captured the attention of the world.

- Guardian

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
GO BACK
Error Image
The account details entered are not currently associated with an Irish Times subscription. Please subscribe to sign in to comment.
Comment Sign In

Forgot password?
The Irish Times Logo
Thank you
You should receive instructions for resetting your password. When you have reset your password, you can Sign In.
The Irish Times Logo
Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.
Screen Name Selection

Hello

Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
Forgot Password
Please enter your email address so we can send you a link to reset your password.

Sign In

Your Comments
We reserve the right to remove any content at any time from this Community, including without limitation if it violates the Community Standards. We ask that you report content that you in good faith believe violates the above rules by clicking the Flag link next to the offending comment or by filling out this form. New comments are only accepted for 3 days from the date of publication.