Fabiano Caruana Wins The Candidates Tournament, Becomes First American to Challenge for World Chess Championship Title Since Bobby Fischer in 1972
Caruana to Face Reigning World Champion Magnus Carlsen in November
SAINT LOUIS (March 27, 2018) — The Candidates Tournament held in Berlin, Germany, has come to a conclusion and, at the end of a grueling 18 days of chess, American Grandmaster Fabiano Caruana, has emerged victorious and will be the next Challenger for the World Championship title.
The Candidates brought together the best players in the World to determine the next Challenger, and it was an incredibly tight race. With two rounds left, the doors were still open for five of the eight players to come out on top. A crucial victory by Caruana against Armenia's Levon Aronian in the penultimate round put him half a point ahead of his closest rivals – he even increased his lead in the final round with a victory with the black pieces against Russia’s Alexander Grischuk.
This is a historic result for American chess. The last player to participate in a unified World Championship match was Bobby Fischer in 1972 in his triumph against Boris Spassky. Caruana's match against the reigning World Champion, Carlsen, has been scheduled by FIDE, the World Chess Federation, to be held in London from November 9-28 later this year. Carlsen took the title from India's Viswanathan Anand in 2013 and has since defended it twice; once against Anand in 2014 and again against Russia's Sergey Karjakin in 2016.
“It is a great honor to represent my home country,” said Caruana. “The Candidates Tournament win is the culmination of months of hard work, and I'm elated – simply without words.