Magnus Carlsen beats Fabiano Caruana to clinch title
London, November 29: Norwegian chess superstar Magnus Carlsen on Wednesday cemented his reputation as the game’s greatest player after demolishing US hopeful Fabiano Caruana in a winner-take-all world championship decider.
The 27-year-old won three successive rapid-chess tiebreakers in a display of intuition and guile that overwhelmed the 26-year-old American in London.
Carlsen was gracious after his thumping win put an exclamation point on a defensively-minded series that saw the original series of 12 matches played since November 9 end in a dozen draws.
“Fabiano was the strongest opponent I’ve played so far in the world championships,” Carlsen said after his triumph. “It was hard.”
Caruana’s loss will crush American fans who had hoped to see the coveted crown come home for the first time since Bobby Fischer defeated the Soviet Union’s Boris Spassky in a 1972 Cold War-era thriller.
“I had a bad day,” a dejected Caruana said. “I didn’t even put up a fight.”
The fearless performance will go a long way to cementing Carlson’s claim to be the best the “King’s Game” has ever seen — a title some still bestow on Soviet-Russian legend Garry Kasparov. (AFP)