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    The 2018 World Chess Championship

    So the WCC is being played right now on London by Caruana and Carlsen, they are the two highest rated players in the world and will play a series of games for the title.

    Here are some links to watch it live (probably with a delay):

    chess.com

    twitch.tv

    Sven Magnus Řen Carlsen (2835) 27 years old



    Fabiano Luigi Caruana (2832) 26 years old


    Match information:

    Venue: London, The College in Holborn

    Partners: Kaspersky, Unibet, Phosagro, Prytek, S.T. Dupont, Isklar

    Main Commentator: Judit Polgar

    Number of games: 12

    Time of the games: 15:00 UTC +0

    Prize fund: 1 million Euros, 60% for the winner and 40% for the loser, if they enter tiebreaks then its 55% for the winner and 45% for the loser.

    Official regulations by FIDE: Download link

    Event logos:





    Time format:
    100 min for the first 40 moves, 50 min for the next 20 moves, 15 min for the rest of moves, 30 sec increment per move, the players cannot agree to a draw before move 30.

    Tiebreaks format:
    Best of 4 rapid games (25 min with 10 sec increment), if drawn then

    Best of 2 game blitz match (5 min with 3 sec increment), if drawn then

    4 more blitz matches are played, if all are drawn then

    "Armageddon" game, white has 5 min and black has 4 min, 3 sec time increment kicks in after move 60, if the game is drawn then black wins the title.

    Timeline:
    Day Date Event Opening Game PGN Result Score* Game lenght Press conference
    Thursday Nov 8 Opening Ceremonial opening
    Friday Nov 9 Game 1 Sicilian Defense: Nyezhmetdinov-Rossolimo, Fianchetto Variation, 4.Bxc6 dxc6 5.d3 Bg7 6.h3
    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. O-O b6 10. Nh2 Nf8 11. f4 exf4 12. Rxf4 Be6 13. Rf2 h6 14. Qd2 g5 15. Raf1 Qd6 16. Ng4 O-O-O 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
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    Draw agreed
    ˝-˝ 7 hours https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzJrhCMPbAc
    Saturday Nov 10 Game 2 Queen's Gambit Declined: Harrwitz, Main Line, 8.Qc2 Nc6 9.a3 Qa5 10.Rd1
    1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 d5 3. c4 e6 4. Nc3 Be7 5. Bf4 O-O 6. e3 c5 7. dxc5 Bxc5 8. Qc2 Nc6 9. a3 Qa5 10. Rd1 Rd8 11. Be2 Ne4 12. O-O Nxc3 13. bxc3 h6 14. a4 Ne7 15. Ne5 Bd6 16. cxd5 Nxd5 17. Bf3 Nxf4 18. exf4 Bxe5 19. Rxd8+ Qxd8 20. fxe5 Qc7 21. Rb1 Rb8 22. Qd3 Bd7 23. a5 Bc6 24. Qd6 Qxd6 25. exd6 Bxf3 26. gxf3 Kf8 27. c4 Ke8 28. a6 b6 29. c5 Kd7 30. cxb6 axb6 31. a7 Ra8 32. Rxb6 Rxa7 33. Kg2 e5 34. Rb4 f5 35. Rb6 Ke6 36. d7+ Kxd7 37. Rb5 Ke6 38. Rb6+ Kf7 39. Rb5 Kf6 40. Rb6+ Kg5 41. Rb5 Kf4 42. Rb4+ e4 43. fxe4 fxe4 44. h3 Ra5 45. Rb7 Rg5+ 46. Kf1 Rg6 47. Rb4 Rg5 48. Rb7 Rg6 49. Rb4
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    Draw agreed
    1-1 3 hours https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ya8DYcrRPRc&
    Sunday Nov 11 Rest day
    Monday Nov 12 Game 3 Sicilian Defense: Nyezhmetdinov-Rossolimo, Fianchetto Variation, 4.Bxc6 dxc6 5.d3 Bg7
    1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 g6 4. Bxc6 dxc6 5. d3 Bg7 6. O-O Qc7 7. Re1 e5 8. a3 Nf6 9. b4 O-O 10. Nbd2 Bg4 11. h3 Bxf3 12. Nxf3 cxb4 13. axb4 a5 14. bxa5 Rxa5 15. Bd2 Raa8 16. Qb1 Nd7 17. Qb4 Rfe8 18. Bc3 b5 19. Rxa8 Rxa8 20. Ra1 Rxa1+ 21. Bxa1 Qa7 22. Bc3 Qa2 23. Qb2 Qxb2 24. Bxb2 f6 25. Kf1 Kf7 26. Ke2 Nc5 27. Bc3 Ne6 28. g3 Bf8 29. Nd2 Ng5 30. h4 Ne6 31. Nb3 h5 32. Bd2 Bd6 33. c3 c5 34. Be3 Ke7 35. Kd1 Kd7 36. Kc2 f5 37. Kd1 fxe4 38. dxe4 c4 39. Nd2 Nc5 40. Bxc5 Bxc5 41. Ke2 Kc6 42. Nf1 b4 43. cxb4 Bxb4 44. Ne3 Kc5 45. f4 exf4 46. gxf4 Ba5 47. f5 gxf5 48. Nxc4 Kxc4 49. exf5
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    Draw agreed
    1˝-1˝ 4 hours https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8RzTYxoEPA&
    Tuesday Nov 13 Game 4 English Opening: Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto Line, 4...d5 5.cxd5 Nxd5 6.Bg2
    1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. Nf3 Nc6 4. g3 d5 5. cxd5 Nxd5 6. Bg2 Bc5 7. O-O O-O 8. d3 Re8 9. Bd2 Nxc3 10. Bxc3 Nd4 11. b4 Bd6 12. Rb1 Nxf3+ 13. Bxf3 a6 14. a4 c6 15. Re1 Bd7 16. e3 Qf6 17. Be4 Bf5 18. Qf3 Bxe4 19. Qxf6 gxf6 20. dxe4 b5 21. Red1 Bf8 22. axb5 axb5 23. Kg2 Red8 24. Rdc1 Kg7 25. Be1 Rdc8 26. Rc2 Ra4 27. Kf3 h5 28. Ke2 Kg6 29. h3 f5 30. exf5+ Kxf5 31. f3 Be7 32. e4+ Ke6 33. Bd2 Bd6 34. Rbc1
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    Draw agreed
    2-2 3 hours https://youtu.be/T2s5A5MuUt8
    Wednesday Nov 14 Rest day
    Thursday Nov 15 Game 5
    Friday Nov 16 Game 6
    Saturday Nov 17 Rest day
    Sunday Nov 18 Game 7
    Monday Nov 19 Game 8
    Tuesday Nov 20 Rest day
    Wednesday Nov 21 Game 9
    Thursday Nov 22 Game 10
    Friday Nov 23 Rest day
    Saturday Nov 24 Game 11
    Sunday Nov 25 Rest day
    Monday Nov 26 Game 12
    Tuesday Nov 27 Rest day
    Wednesday Nov 28 Tiebreaks and closing

    Source: chess.com
    *Left side is Magnus, right side is Caruana.

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    In my view, the best game ever made.

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    These high-rated players are nothing more than filthy griefers.

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    Double Elite Global Moderator Sir.Tj's Avatar
    That should help with my insomnia...

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    Originally Posted by Max Factor View Post (Source)
    In my view, the best game ever made.
    You play chess?

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    The last match was a draw so current score is 1/2-1/2 (Left side is white, right side is black).

    In other news, here is the opening press conference of Thursday (starts at 9:14):



    I found somewhat funny the look of Magnus at the beginning so I took him a sreenshot:



    For more information of match 1 you can read this article by chess.com

    I didn't know that Caruana didn't play the first move!




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    Press conference of game 1


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    Second game also a draw. Guardian coverage is not bad: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/li...ip-game-2-live

    I hear that Carlsen is very popular in Norway. Even that NRK (national TV) is showing all the games live.



    Originally Posted by Sir.Tj View Post (Source)
    That should help with my insomnia...
    Oh yes the home of slow TV - thanks Norway, I have recordings of much slow TV now: Oslo-Bergen train trip, Flam Railway to name a couple.

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    Originally Posted by Rade Konn View Post (Source)
    Sounds like Woody Harrelson screwed things up.
    .......
    From the Guardian report on day one:

    The day started with the Hollywood star Woody Harrelson, who was chosen to make the ceremonial first move on behalf of Caruana, knocking over the white king – much to the amusement of Carlsen. It initially appeared to be the first blunder of the championships, but the actor later insisted it had been a “joke”.

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    Originally Posted by Para Handy View Post (Source)
    From the Guardian report on day one:

    The day started with the Hollywood star Woody Harrelson, who was chosen to make the ceremonial first move on behalf of Caruana, knocking over the white king – much to the amusement of Carlsen. It initially appeared to be the first blunder of the championships, but the actor later insisted it had been a “joke”.
    Maybe that's why Magnus chose* the black pieces for game 1 but from the looks of the photo I posted Magnus was having a good time when this happened!

    *I'm not 100% sure he had the right to choose, I'll have to find the link where I read this.

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    Originally Posted by Rade Konn View Post (Source)
    Sounds like Woody Harrelson screwed things up.

    https://slate.com/culture/2018/11/wo...ournament.html
    I think it was a prank.

    In other news

    Magnus got really angry for drawing game 1, after the press conference he stood up really quick.

    Oh BTW, someone posted this link on the chatroom of the match at chess.com, it's the computer analysis of the Sesse supercomputer!