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Carlsen – Caruana 2018 is the World Chess Championship

Carlsen and Caruana in a previous encounter in Wijk Aan Zee

Carlsen and Caruana in a previous encounter in Wijk Aan Zee

Carlsen – Caruana is the final for the 2018 World Chess Championship. Fabiano Caruana won the Candidates in Berlin after a highly contested battle. The Candidates title gave Caruana a hefty prize of 95 000 eur and the right to challenge the reigning champion Magnus Carlsen.

Replay: Candidates Berlin 2018 / Carlsen – Karjakin 2016 / Carlsen – Anand 2014

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Caruana wins the Candidates 2018

Fabiano Caruana showed excellent form during the whole event. With 4 wins, 1 loss, and 9 draws, Caruana collected 9,0/14 and finished a full point ahead of the other competitors. He started with a win against Wesley So in round 1 and got the lead in round 4 after a victory vs Vladimir Kramnik. Back to back wins against Aronian gave Caruana the first position in the standings before the final round. In a carefully conducted game, observing all the other boards, Caruana went for a secure position, but when he had the chance he attacked, won the game and secured himself a spot in the World Chess Championship match in 2018.

 

Round 1, 10 March 2018
Vladimir Kramnik Alexander Grischuk 1–0
Sergey Karjakin Shakhriyar Mamedyarov 0–1
Levon Aronian Ding Liren ½–½
Fabiano Caruana Wesley So 1–0
 

Round 2, 11 March 2018

Alexander Grischuk (0) Wesley So (0) 1–0
Ding Liren (½) Fabiano Caruana (1) ½–½
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (1) Levon Aronian (½) ½–½
Vladimir Kramnik (1) Sergey Karjakin (0) ½–½
 

Round 3, 12 March 2018

Sergey Karjakin (½) Alexander Grischuk (1) ½–½
Levon Aronian (1) Vladimir Kramnik (1½) 0–1
Fabiano Caruana (1½) Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (1½) ½–½
Wesley So (0) Ding Liren (1) ½–½
 

Round 4, 14 March 2018

Alexander Grischuk (1½) Ding Liren (1½) ½–½
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (2) Wesley So (½) ½–½
Vladimir Kramnik (2½) Fabiano Caruana (2) 0–1
Sergey Karjakin (1) Levon Aronian (1) 0–1
 

Round 5, 15 March 2018

Levon Aronian (2) Alexander Grischuk (2) ½–½
Fabiano Caruana (3) Sergey Karjakin (1) ½–½
Wesley So (1) Vladimir Kramnik (2½) ½–½
Ding Liren (2) Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (2½) ½–½
 

Round 6, 16 March 2018

Fabiano Caruana (3½) Alexander Grischuk (2½) ½–½
Wesley So (1½) Levon Aronian (2½) 1–0
Ding Liren (2½) Sergey Karjakin (1½) ½–½
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (3) Vladimir Kramnik (3) 1–0
 

Round 7, 18 March 2018

Alexander Grischuk (3) Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (4) ½–½
Vladimir Kramnik (3) Ding Liren (3) ½–½
Sergey Karjakin (2) Wesley So (2½) 1–0
Levon Aronian (2½) Fabiano Caruana (4) 0–1
 

Round 8, 19 March 2018

Alexander Grischuk (3½) Vladimir Kramnik (3½) 1–0
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (4½) Sergey Karjakin (3) ½–½
Ding Liren (3½) Levon Aronian (2½) ½–½
Wesley So (2½) Fabiano Caruana (5) ½–½
 

Round 9, 20 March 2018

Wesley So (3) Alexander Grischuk (4½) ½–½
Fabiano Caruana (5½) Ding Liren (4) ½–½
Levon Aronian (3) Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (5) ½–½
Sergey Karjakin (3½) Vladimir Kramnik (3½) 1–0
 

Round 10, 22 March 2018

Alexander Grischuk (5) Sergey Karjakin (4½) ½–½
Vladimir Kramnik (3½) Levon Aronian (3½) 1–0
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (5½) Fabiano Caruana (6) ½–½
Ding Liren (4½) Wesley So (3½) ½–½
 

Round 11, 23 March 2018

Ding Liren (5) Alexander Grischuk (5½) ½–½
Wesley So (4) Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (6) ½–½
Fabiano Caruana (6½) Vladimir Kramnik (4½) ½–½
Levon Aronian (3½) Sergey Karjakin (5) 0–1
 

Round 12, 24 March 2018

Alexander Grischuk (6) Levon Aronian (3½) ½–½
Sergey Karjakin (6) Fabiano Caruana (7) 1–0
Vladimir Kramnik (5) Wesley So (4½) ½–½
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (6½) Ding Liren (5½) 0–1
 

Round 13, 26 March 2018

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (6½) Alexander Grischuk (6½) 1–0
Ding Liren (6½) Vladimir Kramnik (5½) ½–½
Wesley So (5) Sergey Karjakin (7) ½–½
Fabiano Caruana (7) Levon Aronian (4) 1–0
 

Round 14, 27 March 2018

Alexander Grischuk (6½) Fabiano Caruana (8) 0-1
Levon Aronian (4) Wesley So (5½) ½–½
Sergey Karjakin (7½) Ding Liren (7) ½–½
Vladimir Kramnik (6) Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (7½) ½–½

 

Carlsen – Caruana 2018 World Chess Championship

The World Chess Championship 2018 is an upcoming chess match between the reigning world champion since 2013, Magnus Carlsen, and a challenger to determine the World Chess Champion. The 12 game match, organized by FIDE and its commercial partner Agon, will be played in London between 9 and 28 November 2018.

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