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World Chess Championship 2018: Fabiano Caruana vs Magnus Carlsen – Game 9

Magnus Carlsen vs Fabiano Caruana

After the game, Magnus Carlsen declared that “I was very happy with the opening, obviously. You cannot expect more than what I had for sure.” With few rounds remaining, a tie-break becomes a distinct possibility, where Carslen is considered the favorite. Despite the anticlimactic draw, a new record was set: the longest streak of games ending in draw in a chess championship match!

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World Chess Championship 2018: Fabiano Caruana vs Magnus Carlsen – Game 8

Magnus Carlsen vs Fabiano Caruana

“This was a tough game. He was the one who had all the chances. So I am happy to have survived it for sure.” – Magnus Carlsen.

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World Chess Championship 2018: Magnus Carlsen vs Fabiano Caruana – Game 7

Magnus Carlsen vs Fabiano Caruana

Magnus Carlsen: “After the last game it kind of felt like I got away with murder. In that sense it’s easier to be calm about a draw today. I’m not loving it, but I’m not in any sort of panic mode either. Could have been worse. The match is still equal and with black, it’s been going OK. I’m not at all thrilled about my play today.”

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World Chess Championship 2018: Magnus Carlsen vs Fabiano Caruana – Game 6

Magnus Carlsen vs Fabiano Caruana

Magnus Carlsen avoided defeat after a dramatic 6-hour game.

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World Chess Championship 2018: Fabiano Caruana vs Magnus Carlsen – Game 5

Magnus Carlsen vs Fabiano Caruana

This was a more interesting game, where both players pushed more aggressively. Both Carlsen and Caruana made a few small inaccuracies, but for the most part, the game was even, leading to an inevitable draw.

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World Chess Championship 2018: Magnus Carlsen vs Fabiano Caruana – Game 4

Magnus Carlsen vs Fabiano Caruana

Some controversy sparked just before the uneventful game, as a clip showing Fabiano’s daily activities was briefly uploaded to YouTube. The clip contained a few shots of a laptop screen showing openings research. The clip was taken down and it’s unclear if Carlsen’s team extracted any insight from it.

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