World Chess Championship Match 2018


The biggest moment of every chess player is to play a World Chess Championship (WCC). In November 2018 is taking place this event in which the current World Chess Champion, Magnus Carlsen is facing his challenger Fabiano Caruana.

Mikhail Tal, the 8th World Champion, was born on November 9th, 1936 in Riga. He probably would have been happy to know that the 44th WCM began on his birthday. Let's see some statistics of these two great players, which are for sure the number one and two in the world.

In this series of videos, you'll going to learn how Carlsen kept his World Chess Championship crown after 50 hours of play!

The Grandmaster title

Magnus was born on 30 November 1990 and Fabi on 30 July 1992. On April 2004 Magnus had 2552 ELO and Fabi 2140. This year he becomes the 3rd youngest Grandmaster (GM) in history.

In 2005, Caruana moved to Europe and played under the flag of his mother's country, Italy. In 2007, it was his time to win the top chess title. At the age of 14 years old, 11 months and 20 days he becomes the youngest ever Italian and US GM.

Break the barrier!

In January of 2006, Magnus broke the barrier of 2600 ELO rating and Caruana followed him in April of 2008. Mangus continues to raise his rating and in July of 2007, he managed to break the 2700 barrier! Caruana also followed this achievement and he crossed 2700 ELO points in September 2010. However in the same year, 2010, Magnus was the number 1 ranking player in the World and since then he has held this position.

Caruana also managed to join the top elite of chess players in 2012; from number 17 moved to number 5.

Other big achievements

As we already know Magnus is holding the title since 2013. Fabi shocked the chess world with his unbelievable performance; starting the Sinquefild Cup with a stunning 7-game winning streak, including beating Carlsen. On May 2015 he played again with US Chess Federation.

Peak rating

Carlsen's best ELO is 2882 (!) ; which was achieved in May of 2014. Caruana best ELO is 2844 on October 2014.

Older Encounters Between the Players 

Match situation

The 12-game match was organized by FIDE, the World Chess Federation, and its commercial partner Agon. The match took place in London at the College in Holborn between 9 and 28th November 2018. It was the first time in chess history that all classical time control games have been drawn. Nonetheless, the games were very fighting and exciting. Both players had their winning chances. In the end, Carlsen won three games in a row in the tie-breaks and he kept his title.

Caruana qualified as a challenger by winning the 2018 Candidates tournament; an eight-player double round-robin tournament played in Berlin Germany on March 10 to 28.

Match Regulations

The classical time control was 100 minutes for the first 40 moves, plus 50 minutes after move 40. Another 15 minutes were added after the move 60. Of course, the 30-second bonus is applied from the first move.


Four rapid games with 25 minutes plus 10 seconds.

If the rapid games had been tied 2–2, then the mini-blitz games would have taken place. The player with the best score in any two-game blitz match would be the winner. The time control is set to 5 minutes plus 3 seconds increment per move.

If the blitz matches are drawn then one sudden death "Armageddon" game could decide the match. White receives 5 minutes and Black 4. Both players receive an increment of 3 seconds starting from move 61. White should win. With the draw, or if he wins, then the Black will win the match. The color will be decided by drawing of lots.

Prize fund

The total prize fund for the event was 1 million euros. The winner of the classical event would have been divided 60% vs 40% between winner and loser. In the tiebreaks, the split was at 55% vs 45%.

Classical Games

01. Caruana vs Carlsen ½-½ | (moves) 115 | (System) B31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation

02. Carlsen vs Caruana ½-½ | 49 | D37 Queen's Gambit Declined

03. Caruana vs Carlsen ½-½ | 49 | B31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation

04. Carlsen vs Caruana ½-½ | 34 | A29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto

05. Caruana vs Carlsen ½-½ | 33 | B31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation

06. Carlsen vs Caruana ½-½ | 80 | C42 Petrov Defense

07. Carlsen vs Caruana ½-½ | 40 | D37 Queen's Gambit Declined

08. Caruana vs Carlsen ½-½ | 38 | B33 Sicilian

09. Carlsen vs Caruana ½-½ | 56 | A29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto

10. Caruana vs Carlsen ½-½ | 54 | B33 Sicilian

11. Carlsen vs Caruana ½-½ | 55 | C42 Petrov Defense

12. Caruana vs Carlsen ½-½ | 31 | B33 Sicilian

Tie Breaks

13. Carlsen vs Caruana 1-0 | 51 | B40 Sicilian

14. Caruana vs Carlsen 0-1 | 28 | B33 Sicilian

15. Carlsen vs Caruana 1-0 | 55 | A22 English

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