World Chess Championship 2018

Defending championChallenger
Magnus Carlsen
Fabiano Caruana
 Magnus Carlsen (NOR) Fabiano Caruana (USA)
6 (3)6 (0)
Born 30 November 1990
Age at the time of the match: 27 years old
Born 30 July 1992
Age at the time of the match: 26 years old
Winner of the World Chess Championship 2016Winner of the Candidates Tournament 2018
Rating: 2835 (World No. 1)[1]Rating: 2832 (World No. 2)[1]
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World Chess Championship 2018 is located in City of Westminster
The College, Holborn
The College, Holborn
Location of the World Chess Championship venue on a map of Westminster and Camden, London.

The World Chess Championship was a match between the reigning world champion since 2013, Magnus Carlsen, and his challenger Fabiano Caruana to determine the World Chess Champion. The 12-game match, organised by FIDE and its commercial partner Agon, was played at the Cochrane Theatre of The College in Holborn, London, between 9 and 28 November 2018.[2][3]

The classical time-control portion of the match ended with 12 consecutive draws, the only time in the history of the world chess championship that all classical games have been drawn.[4] On 28 November, rapid chess was used as a tie-breaker; Carlsen won three consecutive games to retain his title.

Candidates Tournament

Caruana qualified as challenger by winning the 2018 Candidates Tournament. This was an eight-player, double round-robin tournament played in Berlin on 10–28 March 2018.[5]

Qualified players

Players qualified for the Candidates Tournament as follows (age, rating and world ranking are as of March 2018, when the tournament was held):[6][7]

Player Age Rating [8] Rank Qualification path
Russia Sergey Karjakin 28 2763 13 The loser of the 2016 World Championship match.
Armenia Levon Aronian 35 2794 5 The top two finishers in the Chess World Cup 2017 who did not qualify from the 2016 match.
China Ding Liren 25 2769 11
Azerbaijan Shakhriyar Mamedyarov 32 2809 2 The top two finishers in the FIDE Grand Prix 2017 who did not qualify through the World Cup.
Russia Alexander Grischuk 34 2767 12
United States Fabiano Caruana 25 2784 7 The top two players with the highest rating (by the average of all 12 lists in 2017), who did not qualify via one of the above qualification routes, and who have played in either the World Cup or Grand Prix.
United States Wesley So 24 2799 4
Russia Vladimir Kramnik 42 2800 3 Wild card nomination of the organizers (Agon). Must be rated at least 2725 in any FIDE published rating list in 2017.

Results

Pos Player Pld W D L Pts Qualification CAR MAM KAR DIN KRA GRI SO ARO
1  Fabiano Caruana (USA) (Q) 14 5 8 1 9 Advance to title match  ½  ½   ½  0   ½  ½   ½  1   ½  1   1  ½   1  1 
2  Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (AZE) 14 3 10 1 8  ½  ½   ½  1   0  ½   1  ½   1  ½   ½  ½   ½  ½ 
3  Sergey Karjakin (RUS) 14 4 8 2 8  1  ½   0  ½   ½  ½   1  ½   ½  ½   1  ½   0  1 
4  Ding Liren (CHN) 14 1 13 0 7.5  ½  ½   ½  1   ½  ½   ½  ½   ½  ½   ½  ½   ½  ½ 
5  Vladimir Kramnik (RUS) 14 3 7 4 6.5  0  ½   ½  0   ½  0   ½  ½   1  0   ½  ½   1  1 
6  Alexander Grischuk (RUS) 14 2 9 3 6.5  0  ½   ½  0   ½  ½   ½  ½   1  0   1  ½   ½  ½ 
7  Wesley So (USA) 14 1 10 3 6  ½  0   ½  ½   ½  0   ½  ½   ½  ½   ½  0   1  ½ 
8  Levon Aronian (ARM) 14 1 7 6 4.5  0  0   ½  ½   0  1   ½  ½   0  0   ½  ½   ½  0 
Source: FIDE Candidates Tournament 2018 at The Week in Chess
(Q) Qualified to the phase indicated.
Notes
  • Tie-breaks are in order: 1) head-to-head score among tied players, 2) total number of wins, 3) Sonneborn–Berger score (SB), 4) tie-break games.
  • Numbers in the crosstable in a white background indicate the result playing the respective opponent with the white pieces (black pieces if on a black background).
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