Chess Championship: Carlsen misses victory after seven hours

Chess Championship: Carlsen misses victory after seven hours

  • At the start of the World Chess Championship titleholder Magnus Carlsen and his US challenger Fabiano Caruana have parted with a draw.
  • The reigning World Champion from Norway on Friday in London awarded numerous chances of victory and agreed only after seven hours in a draw.
  • The prize money for the event scheduled for November 28th is € 1 million.

Title defender Magnus Carlsen gave a victory at the World Chess Championship in London, despite positional advantages. The 27-year-old Norwegian and his challenger Fabiano Caruana (USA), who played with the white pieces, agreed on a draw on Friday night after about seven hours. On Saturday, game two takes place, where Carlsen has the advantage of white.

The 26-year-old Caruana opened the encounter classically with a double-step of the e-pawn, Carlsen chose the keen Sicilian defense. Afterwards, the Norwegian was aggressive in his game and continued to put his opponent under pressure, but missed multiple chances to win. Caruana was in the meantime in time trouble, but ultimately saved himself in a protracted rook ending still to a draw.

Carlsen crowned himself the second youngest world champion in history at the age of 22 in 2013 and has since twice defended his title successfully. He leads the world ranking since 2011, Caruana is behind him in second place and prevailed in March at the Candidates tournament in Berlin against seven opponents.

The prize money for the event scheduled for November 28th is € 1 million. A maximum of twelve games with regular time for reflection are played, whereby the opening right changes in each case.

For a win there is a point, in the case of a draw, both opponents receive half each. If a player reaches 6.5 counters early, the duel is over. In case of a tie after the twelfth game, as with the 2016 World Cup between Carlsen and the Russian Sergei Karjakin, a tiebreaker with reduced playing time will be played.


White: Fabiano Caruana (USA) – Black: Magnus Carlsen (Norway)

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 g6 4. Bxc6 dxc6 5. d3 Bg7 6. h3 Nf6 7. Nc3 Nd7 8. Be3 e5 9. OO b6 10. Nh2 Nf8 11. f4 exf4 12. Rxf4 Be6 13. Rf2 h6 14. Qd2 g5 15. Raf1 Qd6 16. Ng4 OOO 17. Nf6 Nd7 18. Nh5 Be5 19. g4 f6 20. b3 Bf7 21. Nd1 Nf8 22. Nxf6 Ne6 23. Nh5 Bxh5 24. gxh5 Nf4 25. Bxf4 gxf4 26. Rg2 Rhg8 27.Qe2 Rxg2 + 28.Qxg2 Qe6 29. Nf2 Rg8 30. Ng4 Qe8 31. Qf3 Qxh5 32. Kf2 Bc7 33. Ke2 Qg5 34. Nh2 h5 35. Rf2 Qg1 36. Nf1 h4 37. Kd2 Kb7 38. c3 Be5 39. Kc2 Qg7 40. Nh2 Bxc3 41. Qxf4 Bd4 42. Qf7 + Ka6 43. Qxg7 Rxg7 44. Re2 Rg3 45. Ng4 Rxh3 46. e5 Rf3 47. e6 Rf8 48. e7 Re8 49. Nh6 h3 50. Nf5 Bf6 51. a3 b5 52. b4 cxb4 53. axb4 Bxe7 54. Nxe7 h2 55. Rxh2 Rxe7 56. Rh6 Kb6 57. Kc3 Rd7 58. Rg6 Kc7 59. Rh6 Rd6 60. Rh8 Rg6 61. Ra8 Kb7 62. Rh8 Rg5 63. Rh7 + Kb6 64. Rh6 Rg1 65. Kc2 Rf1 66. Rg6 Rh1 67. Rf6 Rh8 68. Kc3 Ra8 69. d4 Rd8 70. Rh6 Rd7 71. Rg6 Kc7 72. Rg5 Rd6 73. Rg8 Rh6 74. Ra8 Rh3 + 75. Kc2 Ra3 76. Kb2 Ra4 77. Kc3 a6 78. Rh8 Ra3 + 79. Kb2 Rg3 80. Kc2 Rg5 81. Rh6 Rd5 82. Kc3 Rd6 83. Rh8 Rg6 84. Kc2 Kb7 85. Kc3 Rg3 + 86. Kc2 Rg1 87. Rh5 Rg2 + 88. Kc3 Rg3 + 89. Kc2 Rg4 90. Kc3 Kb6 91. Rh6 Rg5 92. Rf6 Rh5 93. Rg6 Rh3 + 94. Kc2 Rh5 95. Kc3 Rd5 96. Rh6 Kc7 97 Rh7 + Rd7 98. Rh5 Rd6 99. Rh8 Rg6 100. Rf8 Rg3 + 101. Kc2 Ra3 102. Rf7 + Kd6 103. Ra7 Kd5 104. Kb2 Rd3 105. Rxa6 Rxd4 106. Kb3 Re4 107. Kc3 Rc4 + 108. Kb3 Kd4 109. Rb6 Kd3 110. Ra6 Rc2 111. Rb6 Rc3 + 112. Kb2 Rc4 113. Kb3 Kd4 114. Ra6 Kd5 115. Ra8 Draw – Level: 0.5: 0.5

Here you will find the SZ-Liveticker by chess grandmaster Stefan Kindermann for your reference:

That's how the opening game went

Defending champion Magnus Carlsen and challenger Fabiano Caruana fought out a competitive first game at the World Chess Championship. Read our ticker here.



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