Cautious Carlsen Sends World Championship Match to Tiebreakers

Carlsen and Caruana finish 6-6 after 12 classical games completed

It is not often that the chess world unites to criticise Magnus Carlsen, but on Monday evening in London the World Champion had few supporters after his decision to squander a highly favourable position and offer a draw to his challenger Fabiano Caruana as soon as legally permissible in the final classical game of the world title match in London.
@Alimentazione e quello che sta intorno allora ti aspetto da me. Porta le patatine, io prendo la birra ;)
Magari l'anno prossimo :-)

Sarà molto interessante domani. C'è chi dice che Dr. Drunkenstein Caruana lo asfalta 4:0, qualcun altro è meno sicuro.
Faccio parte di quest'ultimi.
Bravo Caruana ! Non ho mai fatto il tifo per lui, ma devo ammettere, cosi come ha giocato contro Carlson e come si è comportato meriterebbe arrivare al suo sogno. Si riesce a batterlo in queste partite che sulla carta non sono proprio il suo terreno, allora diventa un mito.  Abatterebbe un gigante.
Da non trascurare, la sua vittoria darebbe una bella boccata d'ossigeno al mondo scacchistico italiano.

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I felt that it was very close to mate. The problem is if I don’t mate I’m losing,” Carlsen says. “So I was trying to find some middle ground and my time was running out. I don’t know. I was just so nervous, I couldn’t make it happen. It ended up just being nothing.”

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Ultra-violence fails to Break the London Deadlock

Caruana and Carlsen draw tenth game to stay tied at 5-5 in World Championship match

“This will not be a draw!” declared almost every pundit in the packed World Championship press room after 20 moves of the tenth game between Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana but – it seems inevitable in the 2018 title match – defence triumphed and a tenth consecutive draw was the result.

Caruana Piles on the Pressure But Fails to Break Carlsen

World title match remains tied after eighth consecutive draws.

Standing on the platform at Holborn underground station in central London, a short walk from the World Championship match venue The College, two young Norwegians are in animated discussion about the game they have just seen, where challenger Fabiano Caruana - for the second time in three games - went close to knocking over World Champion Magnus Carlsen.
forgot to mention that I've been probably his worst student ;)
Probably not. ;-)
...but surely yes ;))

Carlsen Hangs on in Game 6

The World Champion, Magnus Carlsen and challenger Fabiano Caruana tied at 3-3 at half time in the World Championship match in London

It is a truth universally acknowledged: that a World Championship match which starts with a run of draws will see that run broken by a win from the challenger.

In his 1995 match against Garry Kasparov, Viswanathan Anand scored the first win in game 9, in 2016 Sergey Karjakin broke through against Magnus Carlsen in game 8, and Boris Gelfand followed six draws against World Champion Anand with a game 7 win in 2012. (Did I mention that after these deadlock-breaking wins, the challengers did not win another game and all lost their matches?)
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What a game!
Indeed, I was deeply impressed.
For me his game remains in the chess history. as memorable 6 just finished
An another remis, but what kind of remis 1
Hat off to both players

Lichess4545 league anniversary tournament

Join us in celebrating the 3rd anniversary of the Lichess4545 league, with a 6 hour long 15+15 tournament - November 17th starting 17:00UTC!

This Saturday 17th November, the Lichess4545 league is organising a 15+15 tournament for its 3rd year.

The league is for people who want to play slow chess, improve, and meet other chess players but with the convenience of the internet. Starting as little more than a few dedicated enthusiasts and a Google spreadsheet, we now have over 300 actively playing members and many more who remain part of the community. Along the way the league has formed its own website with its own TV page of league games, developed its own league bot @chesster, started a league newsletter Lichess4545 Ledger, created several ancillary leagues, compiled end of season awards and funded and highlighted games for end-of season video reviews with several prominent youtubers and streamers. Thanks to the hard work of several developers and volunteers as well as the enthusiastic players who actively participate in all aspects of the community, we have been able to continually improve and develop a place for fun, comradery and serious study of chess.

YouTube video drama erupts during World Championship

Also! A Chess game!

The action began early on Tuesday, so early that it preceded the start of Game 4.

Lichess London Meetup on the 24th November

Meet the Lichess team in London!

Surfing on the World Chess Championship happening in London from 9th to 28th November, Lichess is organising a community meetup in London on Saturday 24th November, come see us!

Olimpiu G. Urcan on Twitter


“A NRK journalist asked Magnus Carlsen what was he thinking when he saw Fabiano Caruana's 10...Rd8. His answer: "Oh, shit, mainly." Then he dropped some knowledge about the Karpov v Korchnoi 1978 match. You've got to love this guy even if you're not a fan.

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No progress towards a winner in London after game 3

Another long game with no winner.

The position on the board after 10 moves in game 3 of the World Championship match between Fabiano Caruana and Magnus Carlsen will look very familiar. It’s a very similar Rossolimo setup to the one that Caruana used in game 1, which was generally agreed to not be a success for Caruana.

Tense World Championship game 2 ends in a draw

Caruana's opening preparation delivers

The most dramatic moment in Saturday’s game 2 came at move 10 when Fabiano Caruana played Rd8. Afterwards, World Champion Magnus Carlsen was noticeably uncomfortable at the board. This was not because his position was objectively in any trouble, but because he realized that this was the sort of move that Caruana would have meticulously prepared beforehand with the help of a team of strong computers and GMs. Meanwhile, Magnus had to find moves on his own with the clock ticking.

Caruana survives game 1 of the 2018 Chess World Championship

Marathon game ends after 115 moves

Photo: World Chess

Fabiano Caruana was in serious trouble in game 1 of his World Championship match vs Magnus Carlsen. However, Magnus couldn’t find the most accurate way to snuff out resistance and by the time both players were given an extra 50 minutes to think on move 40 most of his advantage had been frittered away. Of course, Magnus is not one to give up easily and poor Fabiano was made to suffer the maximum for his half point. After 6 hours and 115 moves the two players finally agreed to a draw.
woops, just the first 30 mins.. anyway
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Today in Chess: World Chess Championship Round 1
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 World CHess Championship

Inizio: venerdì 09 novembre 2018 @ 16:00
Fine: giovedì 29 novembre 2018 @ 0:59
2018 World Chess Championship

GM Magnus Carlsen - GM Fabiano Caruana
Luogo: The College, Southampton Row, Holborn, London, UK

Il Campione del mondo sarà Car****


Questo non è un articolo di presentazione del match che si svolgerà a Londra dal 9 al 28 novembre.Questo è il commento. L'analisi. Il bilancio. Ciò che scriveranno gli altri quando conosceranno il nome del Campione del mondo.Ma noi della Sst il nome lo conosciamo già: Car****. E quindi ci portiamo avanti. Ci permettiamo anche il lusso di un ca...

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Il livello del Po si sta alzando, ho letto. Spero che la piena non causi danni
Incrociamo l'incrociabile...

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The Queen's Gambit (novel) - Wikipedia


The Queen's Gambit is an American novel by Walter Tevis, discussing the life of a chess prodigy. A bildungsroman, it was originally published in 1983 and covers themes in feminism, chess, drug addiction, and alcoholism. The novel's epigraph is "The Long-Legged Fly" by William Butler Yeats. This poem highlights one of the novel's main concerns: the ...

I am really enjoining it. It was on my buying list , but then I forgot until a friend gave it to me a couple of days ago.

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Just finished the book. Really nice reading, it left fé with a strong desire to be good at chess. Surely not with the desire to have a drinking addiction. Why do Americans drink that much and that hard? It's unbelievable.

Magnus Ascendant in Titled Arena 8

A dominant victory for the World Champion.

Chess World Champion Magnus Carlsen (DrDrunkenstein) won the Lichess Titled Arena 8 on Friday by an impressive (and fancy) margin of 26 points. It was potentially his last formal chess competition before beginning a World Championship match on November 11th. Finishing second was GM Andrew Tang (Penguingim1), a Titled Arena regular. Third was IM Vincent Rothuis (opperwezen), who always seems to finish towards the top of these events. Fourth and Fifth place were taken by GM Alireza Firouzja (alireza2003) and GM Sergei Zhigalko (Zhigalko_Sergei). In total, 227 players took part.
@Alimentazione e quello che sta intorno manca poco, eh... vieni a casa mia a vedere il mondiale? ;)
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:-) :-) Sarà dura in questo momento
Ma sul serio, un giorno, se finalmente ci decidiamo di andare a fare la gita per visitare il vostro museo, ti do un colpo d'avviso. Magari si riesce a combinare qualcosa. Chi sa

Nel fratempo, effettivamente non so per chi fare il tifo. Mi piacerebbe semplicemente vedere del bel gioco interessante.
Ma certamente, se vieni/venite a Torino fai un fischio! Io abito a 10 minuti dal museo egizio, oltretutto ;)

Titled Arena 8

The 8th Lichess Titled Arena!

Early last September, IM Minh Le (mutdpro) won the 7th Lichess Titled Arena, can he defend his new crown this month? The next Titled Arena will take place on October 26th. The prize fund this month is $1125, since Magnus gave his 3rd prize back.

As is now tradition, the tournament will be preceded by a Warm Up Arena, open to all players on Lichess (with a minimum of 20 rated bullet games).