Magnus Carlsen defeated Fabiano Caruana in game three of the rapid playoff to clinch the 2018 world chess championship. After 12 draws in the classical games, Carlsen won all the games of the tiebreak to win 3.0-0.0.
He has now successfully defended his title for the third time.
In the third and final playoff game, Caruana tried a new opening: the Kan Sicilian. Carlsen went for a Maroczy Bind structure. The challenger, who needed a win, couldn't create much counterplay. The knight-for-bishop ending prolonged the game, but ultimately Carlsen got the better chances and the faster pawns.
As he often does, Carlsen didn't settle for a clinching draw, and instead played on for a win. For the first time since winning the title in 2013, Carlsen won the championship without losing a single game of any kind.
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