In London today, world champion Magnus Carlsen (27) and Congres, Fabiano Karuna (26), were established today. If Caravan succeeds, he may be the first American chess champion since Bobby Fischer's legendary victory over Boris Spassky.
The two riders also title for the $ 1 million prize award. For a long time, there were no examples of such a balanced match: the world rank is 2835 points in Carlsen Live, before 2,832 points for Caruana.
The opening of the tournament was made by American actor Woody Harrelson, who failed completely because he accidentally threw King Caruana and then did not understand his instructions.
How did you not love the one and only Woody Harrelson? He knocks the King of Caruana and makes two ceremonial moves after an incorrect understanding of Fabiano's proposal. Hilarious. pic.twitter.com/xmNVpwNAWO
– Olympio Orcan (@olimpiuurcan) November 9, 2018
Caruana, the world's first choice, chose Sicilian defense. The great American Grand Master was relatively quick with serious pressure, and on step 17 he made a big mistake and had 20 tactical shortcomings within 20 minutes to stop his time.
At stage 40, Caruan was only 3 seconds, but at the same time 50 minutes allowed additional time. In the same round, however, Carlsen made a mistake, and although he had all the remaining strategic advantages, the control slipped and the analysts were more and more sure that if someone did not raise a hat, the game would end with a tie. It ended after 7 hours (!).
If 12 games end with a tie, they are quick pawns and then fast and final. If it ends with responsibility, the Dark Master will be the new world champion.