Carlsen Retains World Championship Title in Stunning Rapid Display

Magnus Carlsen, World Champion, Photo IM Eric Rosen
Magnus Carlsen retained his World Championship title in a stunning rapid display, defeating American challenger Fabiano Caruana 3-0. Post-game, Magnus had only kind words for his opponent, singling him out as his toughest opponent yet in his fourth title victory and third successful title defense. On the other hand, Magnus was not as generous with critics of his controversial round 12 draw offer, including former World Champions Garry Kasparov and Vladimir Kramnik, who both harshly criticized Carlsen's decision to offer a draw in a better position in the final classical game of the match. And still, Magnus Carlsen urged fans not to be results oriented. While his tiebreak victory was fully convincing, he couldn't have predicted three wins in a row considering Caruana's incredibly high quality chess in the classical portion of the match. Fabiano was classy and cool even after an extremely tough day at the office. Fabiano Caruana's sensational performance throughout 2018, in the Candidates and finally in this match, inspired people all over the nation and the World to delve more deeply into chess. As we watched two of the greatest players in history battle, we saw some of the most accurate games in World Championship history. US Chess Executive Director Carol Meyer said, "Fabiano's quest for the crown has been such a boon for the popularity of chess and we are so proud of his performance in London." Rex Sinquefield, founder of the Saint Louis Chess Club, echoed the positive sentiment, "“We are tremendously proud of Fabiano,” said Rex, “He has been instrumental in capturing the world’s attention and fostering renewed interest in American chess." Fabiano's many fans, longtime and newfound, flooded twitter to express their best wishes for our challenger. And on to the most painful part of the day for #TeamFabi, Magnus's dazzling display in the rapid performance, with all three wins annotated by IM Kostya Kavutskiy.

[Event "Carlsen-Caruana World Championship"]
[Date "2018.11.28"]
[White "Carlsen, Magnus"]
[Black "Caruana, Fabiano"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A22"]
[WhiteElo "2835"]
[BlackElo "2832"]
[Annotator "IM Kostya Kavutskiy"]
[PlyCount "109"]
[EventDate "2018.??.??"]
[WhiteTeam "Norway"]
[BlackTeam "United States"]
[WhiteTeamCountry "NOR"]
[BlackTeamCountry "USA"]

1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. g3 Bb4 4. e4 $5 {The first surprise, somewhat
ironically transposing the game into a reversed Sicilian Rossolimo (!) which
the players discussed in three games in the match.} O-O (4... Bxc3 5. dxc3 Nxe4
6. Qg4 {and White will win back the pawn under good conditions.}) 5. Nge2 c6 $6
{This natural move with the plan of a6 and b5 turns out to not fully equalize
for Black.} ({Something like} 5... d6 6. Bg2 Nc6 7. O-O Bc5 8. d3 a6 {seems
like a more solid setup for Black, with a very playable middlegame ahead.}) 6.
Bg2 a6 7. O-O b5 8. d4 $1 {Gaining control over the center.} d6 9. a3 Bxc3 ({
Perhaps better was} 9... Ba5 10. b4 Bb6 11. c5 $14 {and after 11.. .dxc5 White
has his choice of recaptures, with some extra space.}) 10. Nxc3 bxc4 {Already
in danger of being worse, Caruana grabbed a pawn here, forcing White to
sacrifice it Catalan style.} 11. dxe5 dxe5 12. Na4 Be6 13. Qxd8 (13. f4 $1 {
is a sharp move that seems good for White but Magnus prefers to go for the
comfy endgame.}) (13. Nc5 Qe7 14. Nxe6 Qxe6 $14 {and if White can win the pawn
back, he'll be better.}) 13... Rxd8 14. Be3 Nbd7 15. f3 $1 {A move that shows
White is in charge. Magnus is in no rush to win back the pawn as his pieces
control all of the important squares in the position. This is a positional
sacrifice.} Rab8 16. Rac1 Rb3 17. Rfe1 Ne8 18. Bf1 Nd6 19. Rcd1 $1 {This move
is tough to meet as Black's rook on d8 is hanging and the knights are getting
pinned.} Nb5 $6 {Played after a long think, realizing that Black is under
pressure.} (19... Nb7 $1 {would keep the game closer to balanced, as the rook
on d8 is protected and Nc5/Nb6 ideas are out of the question. However, Black's
position would still be under great strain here.}) 20. Nc5 Rxb2 21. Nxe6 fxe6
22. Bxc4 {Simple and strong, collecting one pawn back and amping the pressure.}
(22. Bg5 $2 {would fall into Black's trap:} Nd4 $1 {Threatening Nxf3+ and Rxh2
mate.} 23. Rxd4 exd4 24. Bxd8 Ne5 $19 {and White is dead lost.}) 22... Nd4 23.
Bxd4 exd4 24. Bxe6+ {Played after a deep think, likely evaluating the ensuing
rook endgame.} ({A few commentators, some engine assisted, others named
Grischuk pointed out} 24. Rxd4 Kf7 25. Kh1 $1 {with a huge advantage for White,
prophylactically getting out of the way of Ne5-Nxf3 tricks. After} Ke7 26. Red1
c5 27. Rd6 Rb6 28. e5 $1 $18 {White is close to winning with such a powerful
rook and bishop.}) 24... Kf8 25. Rxd4 Ke7 {The best defense, forcing trades as
otherwise Ne5 will create too much counterplay.} (25... Ne5 26. Rxd8+ Ke7 27.
Re3 Kxd8 28. f4 Ke7 29. Bf5 $18 {and White has a winning endgame with the
extra pawn.}) 26. Rxd7+ Rxd7 27. Bxd7 Kxd7 28. Rd1+ Ke6 29. f4 c5 30. Rd5 Rc2
31. h4 c4 32. f5+ Kf6 33. Rc5 (33. g4 Re2 $1 34. g5+ Kf7 35. e5 c3 36. e6+ Ke8
$13 {and it is White who needs to force a draw with} 37. f6 $11 {as otherwise
c2 and Re1+ was coming.}) 33... h5 34. Kf1 {Despite the extra pawn, this
endgame is very difficult to convert for White, as the king is stuck on the
back rank. Unfortunately for Caruana, he was running low on time here and
couldn't work out the best defense.} Rc3 $6 {This doesn't lose the game but it
seems it was unnecessary to let the king off of the back rank.} (34... c3 {
seems like the critical option, though one would have to see that after} 35.
Ke1 Rg2 $1 36. Rxc3 Ke5 $11 {Black gets enough compensation for two pawns with
such active pieces. A hard decision to make against Magnus!}) 35. Kg2 Rxa3 36.
Rxc4 Ke5 37. Rc7 Kxe4 $2 {This ends up being the losing mistake.} ({The
in-between move} 37... Ra2+ $1 {would have saved the day.} 38. Kh3 (38. Kf3
Ra3+) 38... Kxe4 39. Rxg7 Ra1 $11 {which transposes to 38.Rxg7 below, Black
threatens Kf3 and gets enough counterplay to hold.}) 38. Re7+ $1 {Instead
Magnus gets his own ultra-precise intermediate check, sealing the win for
White.} ({After the 'normal'} 38. Rxg7 Ra2+ 39. Kh3 Ra1 $1 {Black has enough
counterplay to draw, thanks to the king coming to f3 and creating mating
threats with the rook.} 40. Rg5 Kf3 41. Kh2 Ra2+ $11 {and Black can force a
repetition.}) 38... Kxf5 39. Rxg7 Kf6 ({And now Black isn't in time with} 39...
Ra2+ 40. Kh3 Ke4 41. Rg5 Kf3 42. Rxh5 Ra1 {in view of} 43. Rf5+ $18) 40. Rg5 {
Black has no way of saving the h5-pawn and with two connected passers against
one, Carlsen reaches an endgame that is usually a straightforward win.} a5 41.
Rxh5 a4 42. Ra5 Ra1 43. Kf3 a3 44. Ra6+ Kg7 45. Kg2 Ra2+ 46. Kh3 Ra1 47. h5 Kh7
48. g4 Kg7 (48... a2 49. Kg2 $1 $18 {Followed by g4-g5 and Ra7+. Eventually
Black's king will get mated on the back rank, with White's pawns coming to g6
and h6.}) 49. Kh4 a2 50. Kg5 Kf7 51. h6 Rb1 52. Ra7+ {Another intermediate
check, just in case.} Kg8 53. Rxa2 Rb5+ 54. Kg6 Rb6+ 55. Kh5 {1-0 Carlsen, who
played an excellent game to score his first victory of the match while Caruana
must have been left wondering what would have happened had he found the
miracle save with 39... Ra2+?} 1-0[/pgn]

[Event "Carlsen-Caruana World Championship"]
[Date "2018.11.28"]
[White "Caruana, Fabiano"]
[Black "Carlsen, Magnus"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B33"]
[WhiteElo "2832"]
[BlackElo "2835"]
[Annotator "IM Kostya Kavutskiy"]
[PlyCount "56"]
[EventDate "2018.??.??"]
[WhiteTeam "United States"]
[BlackTeam "Norway"]
[WhiteTeamCountry "USA"]
[BlackTeamCountry "NOR"]

1. e4 c5 {Sticking to his guns, Magnus did not switch to his more usual 1...e5,
as many thought he might, but instead keeps to the Sicilian repertoire he
prepared for the match.} 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e5 6. Ndb5 d6
7. Nd5 {And Caruana sticks to the line he felt gave him his best chances
against the Sveshnikov.} Nxd5 8. exd5 Ne7 9. c4 Ng6 10. Qa4 Bd7 11. Qb4 Qb8 {
A deviation from Game 12, where Magnus played 11...Bf5.} 12. h4 h5 13. Be3 a6
14. Nc3 a5 15. Qb3 a4 16. Qd1 Be7 {Continuing the highly strategic mode of
play we saw in Game 12, where Magnus was able to outmaneuver Caruana in a
similar structure.} 17. g3 Qc8 18. Be2 Bg4 19. Rc1 {This is a much more solid
setup compared to what Caruana got in Game 12, but he ends up quickly losing
the thread of the position.} Bxe2 20. Qxe2 Qf5 $1 {Placing the queen perfectly,
where it covers the h5-pawn and stops White from putting the knight on e4.} 21.
c5 $2 {This sharp break ends up overextending White's position, and Magnus is
able to snag the initiative. Curiously, the break 21.c5 also took place in
Game 8, where I (among others) criticized Caruana for not playing it sooner!} (
{After} 21. O-O O-O {White would have a small edge, but nothing more.}) 21...
O-O $1 {Ignoring the break and simply focusing on development. This is a tough
position for White to play in rapid, as in many cases the rook on h1 will
simply end up out of play.} 22. c6 bxc6 23. dxc6 Rfc8 24. Qc4 ({Unfortunately
for White} 24. Nd5 {is answered with} Qe4 $1 25. Nxe7+ Nxe7 $17 {and the
c6-pawn is lost.}) 24... Bd8 {A very annoying move, planning either Ne7 or Ba5.
} 25. Nd5 (25. O-O Ne7 $1 $15 {would give Black a better position, as the
c6-pawn is likely to fall.}) (25. Ne4 $5 Ba5+ 26. Ke2 {would have kept the
game quite sharp, though it's not much fun to play with a king on e2.}) 25...
e4 $1 {Planning to bring the knight from g6 to e5 with great prospects from
there.} 26. c7 $2 (26. Bd4 {was the only move to hold the balance, preparing
to capture Black's knight if it goes through e5.} Ba5+ 27. Bc3 $11 {and White
is holding.}) 26... Bxc7 $1 {Showing great tactical awareness.} 27. Nxc7 Ne5 {
White's knight on c7 is soon to be lost and Nd3+ is coming. Black will be
winning back his sacrificed material soon.} 28. Nd5 (28. Qd5 {was best, though
after} Rab8 $1 29. O-O Rxc7 $1 {Black will have a decisive advantage as} 30.
Rxc7 {loses to} Nf3+ $19 {and Qxd5.}) 28... Kh7 $1 {A calm prophylactic move,
getting out of the way of Ne7+ and reinstating all of the threats in the
position. Caruana thought for a while and resigned. 2-0 Carlsen.} (28... Nxc4
$4 {would be met with} 29. Ne7+) ({The problem after} 28... Kh7 {White's queen
simply has no good squares, as either Nf3+ or Nd3+ is coming and Black will
pickup the house. For instance} 29. Qe2 Nd3+ 30. Kd1 Qxd5 $19) 0-1


[Event "Carlsen-Caruana World Championship"]
[Date "2018.11.28"]
[White "Carlsen, Magnus"]
[Black "Caruana, Fabiano"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B44"]
[WhiteElo "2835"]
[BlackElo "2832"]
[Annotator "IM Kostya Kavutskiy"]
[PlyCount "101"]
[EventDate "2018.??.??"]
[WhiteTeam "Norway"]
[BlackTeam "United States"]
[WhiteTeamCountry "NOR"]
[BlackTeamCountry "USA"]

1. e4 c5 {Now that he's in a must-win situation, the Petroff no longer makes
sense for Caruana, who instead switches to his backup: either a Taimanov or
Kan Sicilian.} 2. Nf3 e6 3. c4 {Since Carlsen just needs a draw from this game,
it wouldn't make sense to enter any sharp lines from the English Attack for
instance, but rather, something sensible where White can get a small space
advantage.} Nc6 4. d4 cxd4 5. Nxd4 Bc5 {Not the main move, but a logical one
nevertheless.} ({The usual} 5... Nf6 6. Nc3 Bb4 {leads to} 7. Nxc6 bxc6 8. Bd3
e5 9. O-O O-O $11 {where Black is known to be OK but it's a middlegame that
Carlsen can play without much risk.}) 6. Nc2 {Aiming to reach a Maroczy Bind
type setup, where White's e4 and c4-pawns will guarantee him a nice space
advantage. It's a good choice for rapid, as Black has to be very concrete in
order to avoid falling into a slightly passive position.} (6. Nb3 {is typical,
after which Black has a choice of bishop moves.}) 6... Nf6 7. Nc3 O-O ({
I believe} 7... Qb6 $5 {was the best way to reach a fighting position.} 8. Qe2
O-O {and Black is already threatening to seize the initiative with d7-d5.
White would need to play} 9. e5 {and after} Ne8 $132 {the position looks quite
double-edged.}) 8. Be3 b6 9. Be2 Bb7 10. O-O Qe7 11. Qd2 Rfd8 12. Rfd1 Ne5 13.
Bxc5 bxc5 14. f4 Ng6 15. Qe3 {Out of the opening and early middlegame Magnus
has been able to get exactly what he was looking for. A very safe position
with some space. It is not easy for White to win this type of position, but he
doesn't need to win!} d6 16. Rd2 a6 17. Rad1 Qc7 18. b3 h6 19. g3 Rd7 20. Bf3
Re8 21. Qf2 Ne7 22. h3 Red8 23. Bg2 Nc6 24. g4 $1 {The exact moment to advance,
as all of White's pieces are setup perfectly.} Qa5 {This move was criticized
as Caruana simply retreated afterwards, but in fact it's hard to find another
move for Black, who has to defend the d6-pawn very carefully.} 25. Na4 Qc7 26.
e5 $5 {This was quite unnecessary, but it doesn't spoil White's position and
we can all understand the desire to simplify matters.} (26. Nc3 {would have
been quite reasonable, given the match situation, but of course Caruana would
not repeat and play something like} Nh7 {to keep the game going. White keeps
the plus after} 27. h4 $1 $14) 26... dxe5 27. Nxc5 Rxd2 28. Rxd2 Rxd2 29. Qxd2
Ba8 (29... exf4 30. Nxb7 Qxb7 31. Qxf4 $11 {is equal but playable.}) 30. fxe5
Qxe5 (30... Nxe5 31. Nxe6 $1 {would also lead to a drawish position after} fxe6
32. Bxa8 Nxc4 33. bxc4 Qa7+ 34. Qe3 Qxa8 35. Qxe6+ $11) 31. Nd7 Qb2 32. Qd6 $1
{An accurate move, looking to force the draw.} Nxd7 ({Carlsen's point was that
after} 32... Qxc2 33. Qf8+ Kh7 34. Nxf6+ gxf6 35. Qxf7+ {White can force the
draw by perpetual check.}) 33. Qxd7 Qxc2 34. Qe8+ (34. Bxc6 $4 {would be a
grave mistake as after} Qb1+ {Black picks up too many pawns in the queen
endgame:} 35. Kh2 Qxa2+ 36. Kg1 Bxc6 37. Qxc6 Qxb3 $19) 34... Kh7 35. Qxa8 Qd1+
$1 {The only chance to keep the game going, keeping the queen and knight on
the board.} 36. Kh2 Qd6+ 37. Kh1 Nd4 38. Qe4+ f5 39. gxf5 exf5 40. Qe3 Ne6 41.
b4 Ng5 $2 {This ends up being a decisive loss of time, as the knight is forced
to retreat while White's queenside pawns start rolling.} (41... g5 {may have
been a better try, but would likely not create any real winning chances for
Caruana, for example} 42. c5 Qd1+ 43. Kh2 Nf4 44. Qe7+ Kg6 45. Qd6+ Qxd6 46.
cxd6 $11 {Followed by Bb7 and White is not worse.}) 42. c5 Qf6 43. c6 Ne6 44.
a4 $1 {From here Carlsen makes it look easy, Black has failed to find enough
counterplay and now White is just winning.} Nc7 45. Qf4 Ne6 46. Qd6 Qa1+ 47.
Kh2 Nd4 48. c7 Qc3 ({Against} 48... Ne2 {Carlsen had the cool} 49. Qc5 $1 $18 {
which covers mate and wins the game.}) 49. Qc5 Qe3 50. c8=Q f4 ({There are no
checks after} 50... Qf4+ 51. Kh1) 51. Qg4 {While Carlsen finished the 2016
World Championship match against Sergey Karjakin with a stunning queen
sacrifice, here he ends the match with an extra queen and retains his title
for the fourth time. Bravo Magnus! A brilliant display in rapid to silence the
critics. For the challenger, I don't think Caruana has anything to be ashamed
of,. He played a very tight match against arguably the greatest player of all
time. I'm sure his chess will only improve from here and we'll see much more
Carlsen vs. Caruana in the future!} 1-0

US Chess congratulates Fabiano Caruana on this epic fight. Thanks to IM Eric Rosen for his social media coverage throughout the event, and IM Kostya Kavutskiy for his annotations in the second half of the event. Connect with Eric on his website and twitter, and find out more about Kostya on his twitter and patreon pages. 


In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

I think this match— once hoped to be a second boon for American chess — turned out to be a giant embarrassment for chess, at least in America. The few news reports I heard about it focused on how "neither player could manage to win a game". What young player would be "inspired" by this match, to quote from above? Knowledgeable chess fans can appreciate the high quality of several of the games, but there is something very wrong when a player thinks it makes more sense to NOT try to play for a win even when they have "a dream position" (as Judit Polar called it) plus a large time advantage. I don't care how practical such a decision is -- it is not a SPORTING decision, not inspiring, not exciting. Our club had gathered 8 players to group-watch Game 12 on a Monday morning, a couple of whom were taking time off work, and the anticlimactic cowardly draw in game 12 was a giant disappointment for us all. The playoffs also lacked any drama. IMO, the rules must be changed to provide disincentives for such negative mindsets. I suggest this change in the future: If the match is tied 6-6 with neither player having won a single game, the match ends and *neither* player wins the match. The prize money is split but the title becomes vacant for the next two years. Both players would be seeded into the next Candidates tournament, along with 6 other qualifiers. The top TWO players from that event play a match for the title, and it might be two different people. I understand it is weird, but at least this would certainly provide strong incentives to win as the number of games dwindles down in the match, since towards the end draws would be as good as a loss.

In reply to by T-Braunlich (not verified)

Great ideas, Tom.

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In reply to by T-Braunlich (not verified)

RE TOM BRAUNLICH suggestion TIED MATCH -NO WORLD CHESS CHAMPION and BOTH players go to Candidates tourney the following year(!)... Oh man this is also great idea but RIGHT NOW a state of world chess image emergency exists.....a real live world chess champion is terribly needed for image repair in the next ten years/ chess promotion badly needed for mega buck chess sponsors as the feather in the cap / a flagship tourney arrival .. a hefty meet and greet media news item for a largely indifferent media in St. Louis.. Every chess parent in the world will likely know they can get to Rex and Jeanne Sinquefield' fantastic St. Louis Scholastic Chess Foundation .....SINQUEFIELD WORLD CHESS CUP and meet and greet the FOUR TIME KILLER CHESS CHAMPION OF THE WORLD MAGNUS CARLSEN. No chess parent is ever going to pass that CHESS DISNEYLAND up if they can easily manage it once in a lifetime. Especially when they discover that Sinquefield has "shifting sands spectators" permitting the worlds top ten chess grandmasters to play right in front of you astounding never seen up cloe and personal titans like Anand/Kramnik/Kasparov /Shankland/Nakamura/Caruana/PRINCE MAURICE, THE JENNIFER AND MR.SMOOTHIE YASSER.... just all over place on the street. Wave to Fabiano for goodness sakes..Honk for chess! Jude Acers/ New Orleans

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

Since there is a world blitz championship, I think the championship should be decided only in classical chess, not with rapid and blitz games. Though Mr. Braunlich is on to something, I disagree with having a vacant title. I think that if after 12 games it is tied, they should play an additional six games. If it is still tied, then they become co-champions and have to play in the next Candidates Tournament to qualify for the title match.

In reply to by David McCann (not verified)

I think it could be if they play 12 games and it is still tied then they keep playing classical games until someone wins. Every game after 12 would be in affect sudden death.

In reply to by David McCann (not verified)

I TOTALLY AGREE! The way the title is being decided now is a disgrace. Now, for the second time in a row we HAVE NO CHAMPION! All we have is the knowledge of who won a blitz game. Big deal. They say there are no good solutions. Baloney. Play another 6 games, sure, that would be fine. Or sudden death, continue playing until someone wins a game. Whatever. But I repeat that for the second Championship match in a row we have no champion. Just someones bright idea of who wins by drawing straws so that we don't have to go through the agony of deciding a real winner. I have been playing this gave seriously all my life and tournament chess since I was 12. I am 61 now and run a successful chess club in New Hampshire. I believe I can say with as much authority as anyone else who loves this sport that this system is broken and needs to change. That is my final word, not that those involved in the politics of the situation will care.

In reply to by Edward Harris (not verified)

Wrong. You matter. Jude Acers/ New Orleans

In reply to by David McCann (not verified)

Mr. David McCain..Heart felt, straight ahead no nonsense view expressed . OK...take a good look...rev up this shaky quaky engine . Your suggestions with all classical format for the future after this mercifully ended absolute world chess joke -monstrosity which left two wonderful fantastic people / top tier grandmasters with a leaking rubber tube in freezing water after a nice care free voyage aboard theTitanic. Please re-read with great attention / real specifics/the grim entire nitty gritty Braunlich daily countdown of chess championship of the world promo asphyxiation...' AN EMBARRASSMENT FOR CHESS" T.BRAUNLICH (above ) He captures beyond all words the hugely important world chess championship tremors at GROUND ZERO when wild eyed chess fans experienced thi this farce coming down. I am really baffled at your stance but o.k. lets explore. .(YOUR SUGGESTED 6 MORE GAMES STILL LEAVE THE FINAL ROUND /BANKRUPTS SPONSORS /exhausts players, all media /18 DRAW POSSIBLE BOMBS/DRAW AGREED for the entire world chess audience ) I think it is all over. 1 hour flat worldwide/no time added ever ..murderous merciless chess every game...(VACATION IS OVER) absolutely no time added /2 games a day/armageddon after EVERY DRAWN ROUND (ALTIBOX LAW )as no player under any circumstance can EVER be allowed to leave the board amidst multi million dollar play... not for one second (WORLD SERIES OF POKER)during this computer/cellphone age . And NO draw offer EVER allowed under any circumstance /only referee/arbiter can declare a draw( L Aronian)UPON A PLAYER request .....NO LOSING CHANCES/DVORETSKY ENDGAME MANUAL THEORY DRAW.... or no contest round cash forfeiture if the claim is false such a claimed theory draw by perpetual check /3 time repetition perpetual check that is not.. Flip this around so Classical Chess Modern chess championship of the world works somehow. YOU MAY WELL DO IT. I invented a very small quite miniature ABSOLUTELY FREE but hugely successful NEW ORLEANS media covered chess gold mine...a whole tournament system for 57 straight independent Paul Morphy Memorial tournament/match events have far more information, good will ( plus OBVIOUSLY far more tact courtesy diplomacy and good gentlemanly manners than yours truly !) and far more money chips, the world stage plus audience than I ever dreamed of. Stand and deliver..lets see it. READERS?? Don't just sit there.Come up with something. TO CONCLUDE with Mr. E. Harris of New Hampshire shock therapy... his word for word quote below... "I believe I can say with as much authority as anyone else who loves this sport THAT THIS SYSTEM IS BROKEN AND NEEDS TO CHANGE." ( full letter below} I assure you and Mr. Harris that massive changes are in flight/ arrival 2020. No way this WORLD CHESS TRAGEDY, PATHETIC JOKE happens under the rules again. When the ball is on the one foot line is going in forever. Jude Acers/ New Orleans

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

I'll say some of the same things I said in another forum: It is hasty to say that, because the Karjakin and Caruana matches did not have much blood & guts, there's something wrong with the format. It appears that Caruana underestimated the degree to which he was unprepared for the rapid games. Carlsen, on the other hand, knew the score. If Caruana had realized what a serious problem he had, he might have tried to solve it, by getting better at rapid, or to work around it, by sharpening his repertoire for the slow games. (Has anybody noticed that he only played 1 e4 with White? Carlsen at least was game enough to try 1 d4 and 1 c4 when he didn't have any luck with 1 e4.) Does the same thing apply to Karjakin? I wasn't watching that match as closely as this one, but I think that Karjakin had basically the same problem. If there is a rapid tiebreak, you had better either up your rapid game, or avoid the tiebreak. Given that Karjakin lost his match that way, why didn't Caruana learn from Karjakin's mistake? I don't know, of course. I think that rapid is a fine tie-break. But Caruana and Karjakin didn't have enough respect for it. Wake up and smell the coffee. The commentators all criticized Carlsen for sliding into the rapid tiebreak rather than charging hard in the late rounds. But, today's results show that Carlsen handled things fine. (At the cost of going from 60% to 55%. But, it's for the glory, not the money :) ) The rest of the world needs to figure out what it takes to get past Carlsen.

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

First - Huge Congrats to Magnus. Also, I was very proud of the effort Fabi put forth. Inspiring! I think that the key moment was Fabi missing the need to play Ra2+ before Kxe4 in Game 1 of the Rapid. After that, Magnus found Re7+ and was winning. From there out, Fabi correctly felt compelled to create imbalance. Hou Yi Fan criticized him for doing it in Game 2 instead of waiting until Game 4, but if Game 4 had been totally equal from beginning to end, we would have criticized Fabi for not playing c4-c5 in Game 2 of Rapid. I'm not saying that it came down to one move (because I really do believe that Magnus would have still won the Rapid or Blitz), but it would have gone 4 games and maybe longer if Fabi had found Ra2+.

In reply to by "Coach Jay" St… (not verified)

Mr. Stallings..I could not agree state flatly .'because i really do believe Magnus would have still have won the Rapid or Blitz"..and why precisely did you state this Mr. Stallings?...because you know, I know and the whole world knows Mr. Carlsen is the worlds best player ..period. In just three hours we AGAIN found this out. Why therefore are all world rated games not over in one hour flat NO TIME EVER ADDED ... how absurd to allow go to sleep 5 hour monstrosity games the entire world/the working /student /parental public can never sit through/MUCH LESSPLAY IN.. in 185 fide chess playing nations.... even allowing a million dollar world title player to actually leave the chess board in this computer age during said 5 hours of play!! is all stupid nonsense and the multi million dollar organizers of STAVANGER NORWAY 'ANTIBOX' MEGA BUCKS SUPER GRANDMASTER TOURNEY JUNE 3-15 2019 know it .......WITH 4 TIME WORLD CHESS CHAMPION CARLSEN....... THEY HAVE HAD IT WITH PHONY NO PLAY SICK "FRAUD BY DRAW" AGREEMENT OFFERS with the ball on the ten yard line and minutes to go ..... it all ends forever as any draw in a ALTIBOX round is instantly replaced with 5 minute armageddon ...the player with white pieces in the classical draw must take the same white pieces immediately and loses the entire round if he fails to win the 5 minute armageddon.NO EVEN SCORE DRAWS EVER ALLOWED.. END OF PROBLEM. Jude Acers/New Orleans

In reply to by JUDE ACERS (not verified)

I prefer all classical chess. If the match ends in a tie then the current world champion retains his title.

In reply to by Dan Kolich (not verified)

Mr. Dan Kolich ....right with you in spirit.... Indeed I prefer the games would never chess literally gave me wonder, thrills, world travel/ saved my life/gave me a life and enough money to live.... But after this grim promotional monstrosity /business death ........we are headed toward 600 million chess phone app users/internet viewers..not away from them, MONEY CHANGES EVERYTHING........ the very living of hundreds of fantastic wonderful people and great pro players like Grischuk/ Svider/Shankland/MVL/ So/Nakamura is also truly at stake long term... wonderful TWO murderous games per day/24 shocking games in two weeks flat/ one hour flat time control WITH ABSOLUTELY NO TIME ADDED. VACATION IS OVER. As in the world series of poker... THIS IS THE CHESS COMPUTER AGE....players can never leave the chess table for one second during the entire one hour game /NO DRAW OFFERS EVER PERMITTED AS IN ALL MEGA MILLION DOLLAR CHAMPIONSHIP OF THE WORLD SPORTS..."I do not really believe that I should ever be allowed to offer my chess opponent draw"- world top 20 grandmaster chess player Levon Aronian /Armenian tv 2017.... .ONLY THE ARBITER MAY DECLARE A DRAW UPON REQUEST OF A CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP OF WORLD PLAYER AND MAY EVEN ADD 5 MINUTES TO PLAYER TIME TO AVOID MAKING THEORETICAL' this is a draw by no losing chances ' decision...force the 'draw by no losing chances" claim player to show the "can at least no losing chances draw" at zero risk to the other player who cannot lose/only draw or win IN OVERTIME TEST.One thing sure .. World title chess must NOW change dramatically or major media sponsors will never feature it and 600,000,000 chess phone app users absolutely will not watch it. People must really believe the chess championship of the world is fierce, wonderful., must watch EPIC programming ......not a silly joke. FINALLY A SUDDEN DEATH CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP OF THE WORLD ARMAGEDDON ONE GAME THRILLA DILLA / GOTTA SEE DAT MAGIC VOODOO PLAYOFF IF 12-12 with the whole world watching in 10 minutes flat. Of course it is not perfect Mr. Kolich. .great new fantastic thrilling items rarely are. Things get broken. We have been to the mountain , found a dead mouse..never again. Do not blame fabulous Caruana or 4 time killer chess champion of the world Magnus Carlsen. BLAME OURSELVES. We set these ridiculous rules by tradition ..we said sweetly ' don't worry it will be all right," Jude Acers/ New Orleans FOOTNOTE: Mr. Kolich we need to ask if the winner of a terrific murderous 24 game g 60 minute 12-12 tied sudden death world title Armageddon 10 minute world title match playoff would not richly deserve to be called the chess champion of the world...proven in fire. The answer is absolutely yes.

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

From Jude Acers/New Orleans MESSAGE TO MR. LEVERETT.. great letter ..ALTHOUGH I COULD NOT DISAGREE MORE WITH YOUR ENTIRE SUMMARY ... wonderful merciless analysis for serious consideration of everyone ESPECIALLY concerning two fabulous wonderful people/ world class sportsmen to boot.......right on time.Too bad people like you with tact and ponderous consideration are not deeply involved in buck city planning of this absurd ridiculous world title 12 joke draw format...making diplomatic Leverett tyle changes gradually THAT ARE ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY PERIOD. Acers shock treatment is mandatory! At your service! FIRST Permit me to say flatly that because the Karjakin and Caruana world title matches 'did not contain much blood and guts' THERE IS EVERYTHING WRONG IN THE FORMAT. Let us not pussyfoot around here Mr.Leverett..PLEASE...PLEASE LISTEN EVERYONE ...THIS IS THE wonderful thunderous marvelous world chess flagship event CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP OF THE WORLD("everything else is nada"- Yasser Seirawan 0...... let us take care of all hideous tragic horrors of this absurd joke world chess championship match format.....get it all done right now Mr. Leverett....(1. )PUBLIC FRAUD BY DRAW AGREEMENT IS PERMITTED. ALL DRAWS must be asked FROM THE REFEREE/arbiter ONLY ..on no losing chances basis theory draw only..World title public players must never again be able to stop the game and will soon be forfeited /no contest otherwise... In no football /soccer/ swimming/ golf/ tennis etc cash paying spectators sport championship of the world is sudden STOP THE GAME ON THE ONE YARD LINE with minutes to go .... fraud by draw agreement allowed.PERIOD. Mr. Levon Aronian/ world top 20 player for decades and one of the most loved/ deeply respected grandmasters in world chess history..... stunned million of Armenian television viewers last year with his amazing candid words "I DO NOT BELIEVE I SHOULD EVER BE ALLOWED TO OFFER A DRAW TO MY CHESS OPPONENT"..... no kidding sherlock!!!!! Prince Levon is one thousand per cent absolutely right. It is public fraud at the world title milion dollar paid spectator/sponsorship pro level. (2.) One hour games/NO TIME ADDED EVER are coming soon... absolutely going to be mandatory world chess championship(Mr. Leverett's aforementioned blood and guts) THRILLING ROUNDS... with one game with white and one game wIth black .. in every single world title public cash paid event round. VACATION IS OVER. 3. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES IN THIS COMPUTER AGE WILL A( ONE MILLION DOLLAR PLUS !) WORLD CHESS TITLE PLAYER EVER BE ALLOWED TO LEAVE THE CHESSBOARD DURING WORLD TITLE PLAY IN THE VERY NEAR FUTURE (thus 1 hour world title games only)... world chess got real lucky with totally honest fierce player/ABSOLUTE GENTLEMAN Mr. Caruana and four time killer world champion Magnus Carlsen who is all absolutely TRY TO WIN AS THE RULES ALLOW/NEVER CHEAT and no talkeee thank you. BUT certified WELL KNOWN TEAM CHESS CROOKS ( unanimously identified /censored worldwide by FIDE in 185 chess nations ) have teamed for THE WORLD TITLE ALREADY. Get real... By one hour fierce world title games/NEVER allowing a player to leave the board during the entire game ...99 percent of all fraud/also all bogus and even legitimate" he cheated... USED A CHESS COMPUTER in the restroom' claims are TOTALLY eliminated. 1 HOUR FLAT FOR EVERY GAME TIME CONTROL ALSO BRINGS THE CHESS SUPERBOWL TO THE ENTIRE WORLD AND 600 MILLIOB CHESS APP USER WHO CAN NEVER SIT THROUGH MARATHONS ... EVERYONE PLAYS NOT JUST PRIVILEDGED ELITE WITH SUICIDALLY SACRIFICIAL / WEALTHY PARENTS title chess is soon going to be for everyone. Not hour chess is the one in 3 million audited games of daily uses totally absurd 5 hour long king of the hill nonsense. It took us just three hours this week to find out who the best chess grandmaster on the planet was... period. Lets cut out all this go to sleep nonsense. Chess has become the laughingstock of the entire world because of the silly format alone Mr. Leverett.... certainly not due to the awesome players and people that populate this world.. (4.)2019 .ALTIBOX INTERNATIONAL SUPER GRANDMASTER NO DRAW POSSIBLE... (JUNE 3-15, 2019 TOURNEY -STAVANGER, NORWAY) WITH 4 TIME WORLD CHAMPION CARLSEN (!!)... CHESS LAW IS COMING BIGTIME! Yup the organizers and huge cash sponsors have TOTALLY had it Mr. Leverett.... NO MORE PHONY PATHETIC TAKE A VACATION DRAWS IN A ROUND is already all over Mr. Leverett and totally the chess more draws ever since grandmaster pro PLAYER WITH WHITE PIECES WINS OR DIES WITH ARMAGEDDON immediately after...5 MINUTES IF A DRAW... the player with the black pieces in a draw classical game KEEPS BLACK PIECES immediately AND WINS IF A DRAW in the instant armageddon game which decides the entire round.With three ways to win the player of the classical black pieces now has an enormous advantage/the desirable color as there are now three arrows for the black pieces in each round and above ALL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP title final rounds! The chilling knowledge a million dollar world title player has with white pieces about to play Mr. Carlsen IN THE FINAL ROUND /AGAIN CARLSEN HAS THE BLACK PIECES AND WINS IF A DRAW ARMAGEDDON IS EVER ALLOWED BY WHITE ! in an immediate 5 minute black wins in a draw armageddon game IF ONE DOES NOT WIN WITH THE WHITE PIECES in the classical round...does wonders for intensity.THE ALTIBOX NO DRAW LAW WILL NOW SWEEP THE CHESS WORLD. End of problem. NO MORE DRAWN ROUND NONSENSE. Amen..that' all folks. Jude Acers/New Orleans

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

Very exciting match. As a chess purist, and longtime competitor, I have no problem with fighting and interesting games that end in a draw. This match and tournament performances demonstrates that Magnus is the best player in the world and the acceleration of time controls further distances him from the field.

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

AND BY ITSELF PROVES IT PERIOD.They fiercely got it all over in 3 hours flat mercifully ending this totally unnecessary 12 day joke/absurd nonsense ... Slow monsterous public world championship 5 hour time controls ARE A JOKE AND IMPOSSIBLE TO POLICE IN THIS COMPUTER AGE although Caruana and Carlen are one thousand percent honest /WORLD CLASS beyond is this absurd unnecessary highly elitist ancient system which kills chess worldwide and it has to go .../AS PEOPLE MUST BE ALLOWED TO LEAVE THE ROOM DURING PLAY IN THIS COMPUTER AGE ..PLUS THE ENTIRE working /parental WORLD TUNES OUT OVER 5 HOURS. all draw offers are illegal fraud and disqualify...only arbiter may rule on draw on no losing chances theory draw at player request and may double forfeit players at any time for pre arranged or no contest play .....2 games per round day at one hour flat/ no time added. Armageddon after every round if 1-1 (Altibox gm just announced tourneyt 2019 ....with Carlsen!) I am with you all the wayt in sprit Mr. Small and wish every chess game could last forever! But this is the real world we must view after the totally nuts / legally allowed final round 12. The whole system has to go. Everybody plays one hour flat. ARMAGEDDON IF A DRAW..IMMEDIATELY.Jude Acers /New Orleans

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

World championship should not be decided by a blitz match!

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

Go back to the way it used to be and there will be no discussion. Quit having so many off days and play a 24 game match with the winner the 1st one to 12.5. If they are tied at 12-12 then the champion keeps the title. Case closed. If you want to be the man you have to beat the man.

In reply to by Donny Gray (not verified)

agree with Donny Gray. 24 games-champ retains title if 12-12

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

Just play until someone wins.....after 12 games. Or go back to 24.

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

The 1st and only game of the playoff = armageddon game. Caruana, Black, plays 37...Ra2+ to hold the draw and become World Champion.

In reply to by Mark R Ashland… (not verified)

From Jude Acers / New Orleans to... Mr. Ashland Yes Sir! Now you are talking turkey for dinner. Welcome! HAVE A CHAIR AND GET COMFORTABLE......if white just sits there and draws wins.And the whole world knows it as the clock runs at the very least in tiebreak ARMAGEDDON playoff...,, several million dollars in total value /sponsorship and the world title ride on every sudden death playoff move. Thrills, chills, ka-ching ka- ching cash register sponsorship ("blood and guts'-thank you Mr. Bruce Leverett!) ...Only addition you strangely did not mention is that under no circumstance ever is an offer of-of a draw anything but public fraud in all PRO WORLD TITLE games /never allowed ....As superclass /loved the world over/ Grandmaster Levon Aronian told a stunned Armenian television audience last year " I do not believe I should ever be allowed to offer my opponent a draw" kidding sherlock!!!!...only the referee arbiter can be asked for a theoretical (Dvoretsky's endgame manual ) or "no losing chances" draw at the million dollar world title pro level...and the arbiter can double forfeit cash both players for no contest in extreme take- a- vacation pre-arranged draws..Classical chess might briefly live on but never without sudden death armageddon play immediately following a drawn round. Otherwise, the global audience /600,000,000 estimated cell phone chess app users right now!! (Agon survey) gone. No draw offers ever allowed under any circumstances as in multi-million dollar sponsorship of soccer, football, tennis, golf, the national football league, swimming, rugby, boxing, ice skating, track and field, basketball ..Never. Jude Acers/ New Orleans FOOTNOTE....Mr. case you have not seen the full announcement of forced armageddon RIGHT NOW after EVERY DRAWN ROUND AT MEGA CASH SUPER GM 2019 ALTIBOX NORWAY TOURNEY (with 4 time world chess champion Magnus Carlsen!) June 3-15th, 2019 Stavanger Norway with still gigantic media commentary presence G. Kasparov guest of honor...the full details are going up online. They hear you loud and clear Mr. Ashland You really are no joke or a wish upon a dream. For players understandably just arriving at the racetrack here: FINAL ROUND 12 FOR A MILLION AND THE CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP OF THE WORLD - You are Carlsen, absolutely the worlds best pro chess player with staggering triple tier world number one rating ..with a formidable position to put it mildly as black pieces know that if you even draw you must pick for colors in one game sudden death CHESS CHAMPIONSHIP OF THE WORLD armageddon and if Caruana PICKS black/ JUST DRAWS THIS ONE GAME IT IS ALL OVER. "Chills, I mean chills, chills just go up and down my spine!"- (SPECIAL THANKS TO THE LATE VERY GREAT LEGENDARY CHESS MASTER AND CHESS DIGEST PUBLISHER MR.KENNETH R. SMITH OF DALLAS. TEXAS ( legendary titanic Capablanca of the cattle country!) It is your move.

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

Carlsen's decision to offer a draw in a better position in Game 12 was a GOOD PRACTICAL DECISION (I'm disagreeing with Kasparov here, which usually is wrong), because he knew he had much better chances in the fast games. But it was A SHAME FOR THE SPORT. I don't like the fact that there was an incentive to draw, but I don't have a good way to change that. Maybe a longer match. Even with a 2-year cycle, a 24 game match doesn't seem excessive. I don't like that the "classical" world title can be decided by fast games.

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

'A shame for the sport. ' STOP RIGHT THERE . THAT IS ALL WE NEED TO KNOW.You said it all Mr. Haigh. The entire slumber party must end with estimated 600 million chess phone app users ALREADY out there and audited 3 million games A DAY on just one great chess site CHESS.COM alone .. no one is going to again put up with this horrendous disgraceful joke with millions in attendant costs and an elitism that is just insanely absurd ..WE HAVE MADE CHESS THE LAUGHINGSTOCK OF THE ENTIRE WORLD ...the feature coming attraction is sure now..1. Players will never under any circumstance ever be allowed to leave the chess board during play due to computer/cell phone fraud (though 4 time killer world champion Magnus Carlsen and Fab Fabiano Caruana are ABSOLUTELY one thousand percent WORLD CLASS honest sportsmen and never cheated for a moment of was all legal.) 2,THEREFORE FOR OBVIOUS REASONS.... ONE HOUR FLAT GAMES WITH NO TIME ADDED EVER..TWO GAMES PER DAY.3, NO DRAW OFFER IS EVER ALLOWED (thank you super grandmaster and world good guy Levon Aronian for startling everyone with this on worldwide media last year) 4, only the arbiter may declare a draw upon a player request ..the arbiter may force continued play or declare a no cash double forfeiture if the players no contest play.. armageddon sudden death if a drawn round or" TAKE YOUR PICK" AT THE END armageddon pick for colors black wins if a draw after 6-6classical tie."I don't like it but I guess things happen that way" (thank you Mr. Johnny Cash!) Jude Acers/ New Orleans

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

Re the draw-a-thon called the World Chess Championship, why not consider two rule changes: 1. The player who on the move brings about a three time repetition of the position LOSES. 2. The player who has all his pawns and pieces captured, leaving only a King, LOSES. Of course, this is in addition to losing by checkmate.

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