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USA's Fabiano Caruana vs Norway's Magnus Carlsen!

World Chess Championship

London, England

November 9-28, 2018

Magnus Carlsen contemplating chess position.

Norway's World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen will defend his title in London, in November 2018!

What Fabiano Caruana is Facing

Here's How Carlsen Ended The 2016 World Chess Championship Match!


THE PROBLEM: Playing the White pieces, Magnus Carlsen to move, and checkmate Sergey Karjakin in 2-moves, forced! Here is the position after Move 49. …Kh7:

White to move and checkmate in 2 moves!

Magnus Carlsen from Norway defended his World Chess Championship against Sergey Karjakin from Russia by executing “The Magnificent Checkmate” to end the 16th and last game of the match—Tiebreak Game 4!

“The Magnificent Checkmate” is magnificent for three reasons.

1) Sergey Karjakin didn’t see it coming! He was by default the second strongest player in the world after winning the Candidates Tournament. 2) Karjakin was threatening checkmate in one move after playing 48. …Qf2! 3) The checkmate entailed a Queen Sacrifice to end the game and the World Chess Championship match!

See the Solution below!

The last American to compete in a unified World Chess Championship cycle was Bobby Fischer in 1972, who defeated Boris Spassky of the Soviet Union!*

Fabiano Caruana was born July 30, 1992. He will be 26-years old when he meets Magnus Carlsen for the World Chess Championship in London, England, November 9-28, 2018. After the World Chess Candidates Tournament, he is now rated 2832.

Magnus Carlsen was born November 30, 1990. He will be 27-years old when he defends his title in London in November 2018. He is presently rated 2835. 

Carlsen became World Champion in 2013 by defeating India's Viswanathan Anand. The next year, he retained his title against Anand, also winning both the 2014 World Rapid Championship and World Blitz Championship, becoming the first player to hold all three titles at the same time--and reached a peak rating of 2882, the highest in history. In 2016, he defended his title against Russia's Sergey Karjakin in New York City, USA.

Magnus Carlsen is perhaps best known for  The Magnificent Checkmate in the 16th game of the World Chess Championship match—Tiebreak Game 4, against Russia's Sergey Karjakin in New York City!

*In 1996 Russian immigrant to USA Gata Kamsky lost a World Chess Championship match to Russian World Champion Anatoly Karpov in what was at the time an non-unified title match. Kamsky was born in 1974 in Novokuznetsk, Russian SFSR Soviet Union. He won the Soviet under-20 championship in 1987 and 1988, then moved with his father to the USA in 1989. In 1991, he won the USA Championship.

They Have Played Before!

Fabiano and Magnus have met in Classical games 33 times. Carlsen won 10 times; Caruana won 5 times; and they played to draws 18 times!

Carlsen and Caruana at chess board.

Learn how to checkmate like Magnus Carlsen checkmates!

See Checkmate! Ideas For Students here>

Checkmate! Ideas For Students


48. Qh6+! Kxh6
49. Rh8#! 


48. Qh6+! gxh6
49. Rxf7#!

SEE> Part 2: Basic Endgame Checkmate Patterns which covers the Four Basic Endgame Checkmate Patterns that will yield collateral benefits to all aspects of your chess game!