International 2018

World Chess Championship Match, London 9th - 28th November 2018

28th March 2018. In what's being billed as a historic result for American chess, Fabiano Caruana has emerged after an 18-day Candidates Tournament in Berlin, Germany, as the next challenger for the World Championship title. He will face off against reigning World Champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway in November in a 12-game one-on-one match. A U.S. grandmaster hasn't won the title of undisputed champion since 1972, when Bobby Fischer defeated Boris Spassky of the USSR. Photo by

The qualifying tournament was close, with two rounds left and five of the eight players able to come out on top. It wasn't until Caruana's crucial win against Armenia's Levon Aronian in the penultimate round that put him half a point ahead of his closest rivals. "Congratulations to Fabiano Caruana, who wins the #Candidates2018 in style, by a full point!" the U.S. Chess Federation tweeted. "It is a great honour to represent my home country," Caruana said in a statement. "The Candidates Tournament win is the culmination of months of hard work, and I'm elated -- simply without words."

Carlsen, the current World Champion, has been a grandmaster since age 13. He has held the world title since 2013 and defended it in 2016 in New York City. "We think that Fabiano is the single most dangerous challenger that Magnus could face," Yasser Seirawan, a four-time U.S. champion and chess grandmaster, told CBS News. The two have met on numerous occasions before, and while Caruana has claimed a handful of victories, Carlsen has won almost twice as many of their match-ups. "He has tasted the blood," said Seirawan. Caruana said, "I look forward to going back to St. Louis to prepare for dethroning Magnus."

Caruana moved to St. Louis, a hotspot for chess, after relocating from his hometown in Miami. He leads the American team in the chess olympiads as the first board and with his guidance the team won gold for the first time since 1976. "This is one of the most significant and historical achievements for American chess in years," Rex Sinquefield, founder of the Saint Louis Chess Club, said. "To have an American play for the World Championship will help elevate chess to levels it has not seen since the early 1970s."

The match will take place November 9-28 in London, but St. Louis is rumoured to be launching a bid to bring the match home, a move which could include a prize pot far in excess of the $1 million being offered in London. "I wouldn't want to speculate," said Seirawan, "but suffice to say that it would be significantly higher."

Classical games: Magnus Carlsen beat Fabiano Caruana 9 to 5, with 17 draws.
Including rapid/exhibition games: Magnus Carlsen beat Fabiano Caruana 21 to 11, with 21 draws.
Only rapid/exhibition games: Magnus Carlsen beat Fabiano Caruana 12 to 6, with 4 draws.
The figures above are based only on games present in the database as at 2/04/18 and may be incomplete.

Carlsen's Openings Repertoire for all games
Sicilian Defence with White and Black
Ruy Lopez with White and Black
French Defence with White
Queen's Pawn Game with White and Black
Nimzo-Indian Defence with White and Black
Slav Defence with White

Queen's Indian Defence with Black
Queen's Gambit Declined with Black

Caruana's Openings Repertoire for all games
Sicilian Defence with White and Black
Ruy Lopez with White and Black
French Defence with White and Black
Caro-Kann Defence with White

Grunfeld Defence with Black
Slav Defence with Black
Queen's Pawn Game with Black

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