28 March 2016

The Winner and New Challenger

Congratulations to GM Sergey Karjakin who today won the 2016 Candidates Tournament in Moscow. In the last round he defeated the only other participant who still had a chance of winning the event, GM Fabiano Caruana, to become the undisputed winner.

GM Karjakin at the rd.14 press conference

In November, Karjakin will play World Champion Magnus Carlsen, thereby joining an elite list of players who have earned the right to a title match. What's their current record against each other? According to Chessgames.com, in classical games Magnus Carlsen beat Sergey Karjakin 3 to 1, with 15 draws.

As for this blog, I'll suspend the Monday-Monday series on PGN Files for Book Reviews, and will instead develop a Tournament, Match, and Exhibition Record (TMER; last seen in TMERs: Kasparov Wrapup) for Karjakin.

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