Magnus Carlsen retains title after 3 straight wins in rapid games

The challenger, Fabiano Caruana, didn’t get a chance. The defending champion, Magnus Carlsen, won it all to retain his World Chess Champion title.

After 12 grueling rounds of classical chess games in the World Chess Championship 2018 in London, the score was tied at 6 apiece. No one blinked an eye during those 12 games, all games were drawn. Thus, the match headed to the playoffs/tiebreak.

The first mode to break the tie was the best-of-four rapid games. Unfortunately for Caruana, he lasted only 3 games, as Carlsen won them all. Well, that was as decisive as it can get.

That makes us wonder: the World Chess Championship would have been better off played with all rapid games instead?

World Chess Championship Rapid Game 1 (Tiebreak)

World Chess Championship Rapid Game 2 (Tiebreak)

World Chess Championship Rapid Game 3 (Tiebreak)

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