Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Karjakin Wins Candidates' Tournament, Qualifies For World Title Match

Sergey Karjakin defeated Fabiano Caruana in the final round of the 2016 Candidates' Tournament, making him the new challenger for the world championship. Karjakin will face World Champion Magnus Carlsen in November in New York.
Photo: Lennart Ootes.
More than a hundred spectators on site, including special guests like Olga Girya, Sergey Rublevsky, Evgeny Sveshnikov, Mark Dvoretsky, and hundreds of thousands of chess fans online witnessed a historic day of chess. Sergey Karjakin, the youngest player ever to gain the GM title (at 12 years and 7 months), has reached a new and major peak in his chess career: a world title match.
After Vishy Anand had drawn his game with Peter Svidler, Karjakin only needed a draw in the final round. But he nicely refuted a huge error by Fabiano Caruana to decide the game in his favor, in less than four hours of play, in a game that was worth roughly half a million dollars.
Rather fittingly, all other three games had already finished when the decisive moments took place in the playing hall. The remnants of the other fights, the whole tournament was history, and only one game would decide everything.
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