USA’s Fabiano Caruana vs Norway’s Magnus Carlsen!

World Chess Championship

London, England

November 9-28, 2018

Fabiano Caruana

Fabiano Caruana

Fabiano challenged Magnus Carlsen for the 2018 World Chess Championship, drawing 12 consecutive Classical Chess games, only to lose the match in a 4 game Rapid Chess tie-break format.

What Fabiano Caruana Faced

How Carlsen Ended 2016 Chess Championship Match!

THE PROBLEM: Playing the White pieces, Magnus Carlsen to move, and checkmate Sergey Karjakin in 2-moves, forced!

Here is the position after Sergey played 49. …Kh7, threatening checkmate in 1 move:

White to move and checkmate in 2 moves!

Magnus Carlsen from Norway defended his World Chess Championship against Sergey Karjakin from Russia by executing “The Magnificent Checkmate” to end the 16th and last game of the match—Tiebreak Game 4!

“The Magnificent Checkmate” is magnificent for three reasons.

1) Sergey Karjakin didn’t see it coming! He was by default the second strongest player in the world after winning the Candidates Tournament.

2) Karjakin was threatening checkmate in one move after playing 48. …Qf2!

3) The checkmate entailed a Queen Sacrifice to end the game and the World Chess Championship match!

See the Solution below!

Fabiano Caruana was born July 30, 1992. He was 26-years old when he met Magnus Carlsen for the World Chess Championship in London, England, November 9-28, 2018.

Magnus Carlsen was born November 30, 1990. He was 27-years old when he defended his title in London in November 2018.

Carlsen became World Champion in 2013 by defeating India’s Viswanathan Anand.

The next year, he retained his title against Anand, also winning both the 2014 World Rapid Championship and World Blitz Championship, becoming the first player to hold all three titles at the same time–and reached a peak rating of 2882, the highest in history.

In 2016, he defended his title against Russia’s Sergey Karjakin in New York City, USA.

Magnus Carlsen is perhaps best known for  The Magnificent Checkmate in the 16th game of the World Chess Championship match—Tiebreak Game 4, against Russia’s Sergey Karjakin in New York City!

They Had Played Before!

Fabiano and Magnus had met in Classical games 33 times. Carlsen won 10 times; Caruana won 5 times; and they played to draws 18 times!

Carlsen and Caruana at chess board.

Learn how to checkmate like Magnus Carlsen checkmates!

See Checkmate! Ideas For Students here>

Checkmate! Ideas For Students

The Solution:

48. Qh6+!         Kxh6

49. Rh8#! 


48. Qh6+!          gxh6

49. Rxf7#!

SEE> Part 2: Basic Endgame Checkmate Patterns which covers the Four Basic Endgame Checkmate Patterns that will yield collateral benefits to all aspects of your chess game!


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