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Update: Carlsen Is Still World Chess Champion

Magnus Carlsen has held onto his title as world chess champion by beating Fabiano Caruana in tie-breaking games of rapid chess. Mr. Carlsen and Mr. Caruana were tied 6-6 after end of the regular games for the world chess championship.

Magnus Carlsen (left) and Fabiano Caruana play a tie-breaking game in the world chess championships.
Magnus Carlsen (left) and Fabiano Caruana play a tie-breaking game in the world chess championships. Mr. Carlsen won three games in a row, making him the winner.
(Source: WorldChess.com.)

Mr. Carlsen the current champion, has also been the world champion in two faster kinds of chess – ‘rapid chess’ and ‘blitz chess’. This helped him greatly in the faster tie-breaking games. Mr. Carlsen said he had a “really good day.”

Mr. Carlsen won the first three rapid games of the tie-breakers, which meant that there was no need for a fourth game. That means Mr. Carlsen is still the world chess champion. He won’t have to defend his title again for another two years.

Magnus Carlsen (left, with trophy) and Fabiano Caruana with awards after the world chess championships.
Mr. Carlsen (left) will keep his title as world chess champion. He will not have to defend his title for another two years.
(Source: WorldChess.com.)

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