World Chess Championship 2018: 10 Draws in 10 Games

In the 10 classical games that were played so far in the World Chess Championship 2018 between Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana, we’ve seen all draws. They’re not necessarily old boring draws — they’re exciting, heart-pounding even, but draws nonetheless.

I can surmise the exhaustion this match must bring to both players, just as well as we’re tired by the draws. That makes us wonder: have these two already solved the game and mystery that is chess?

The 2018 World Championship match is set for 12 classical games. If the match remains undecided, it goes through 4 rounds of rapid games. If still even, up to 5 pairs of blitz games will be played. An Armageddon game will finally resolve the deadlock, if any.

Replay the Round 10 game below:

Draw No. 9

Three-quarters of the way through the World Championship match of 2018, and no one blinked an eye. All nine games between the challenger Fabiano Caruana and the defending champion Magnus Carlsen ended in draws, albeit not necessarily without fanfare.

Replay Round 9 game below:

Eight Draws in Eight Games

The story of the World Championship match between Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana so far has been all that: draws. Four more rounds to go.

Replay Round 8 game below:

Seven Draws Down; Five More To Go

The World Chess Championship 2018 in London between the challenger Fabiano Caruana and the defending champion Magnus Carlsen is set for 12 rounds of classical games. Seven rounds in and we’ve seen all draws so far. Are we gonna see draws all throughout the classical games of the match?

Replay the Game 7 draw below:

Round 6 Draw

In Game 6 of the World Championship match between Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana in London, we saw an exchange of Queens early in the game. By move 46, we saw an imbalance in the position so that white was up three pawns in exchange for a piece. But the inevitable cannot be avoided. The game nevertheless ended in another draw.

Fifth Draw in a Row

The fifth round of the World Championship match between Fabiano Caruana and the defending world champion Magnus Carlsen in London may have been tense, having the black king wander around the board reaching white’s third rank at c3 and d3 before going back to safety at f5, but the game nonetheless ended in another draw. I guess we have to save blood for another day.

Replay Game 5 below:

This contest is so close, the match is still tied at the end of 4

The 2018 World Chess Championship in London is a third of the way through, and we are yet to see blood. All four games are drawn so far.

Replay the Game 4 and ended in another draw below: