London to host Magnus Carlsen's world chess championship defense in 2018
- Carlsen to defend title against opponent to be decided in March
- London to host world championship match for first time since 2000
- Best-of-12-games match has been scheduled for 9-28 November
Magnus Carlsen will make his third defense of the world chess championship next year in London, which was officially named as the host city for the biannual tournament on Wednesday.
The Norwegian champion, who turns 27 on Thursday, will defend his title in the best-of-12-games match from 9-28 November against a challenger to be decided in March at the eight-man Candidates Tournament in Berlin. They will compete for a combined prize fund of €1m ($1.19m), organizers said.