FIDE World Chess Cup (Final): Carlsen Wins 1st World Cup, Caruana Places 3rd

FIDE World Chess Cup (Final): Carlsen Wins 1st World Cup, Caruana Places 3rd


GM Magnus Carlsen can now say that he has won every significant chess title that he’s set his sights on. The five-time world champion won his first World Cup crown by defeating GM Praggnanandhaa Rameshbabu 1.5-0.5 in the rapid tiebreaks of the 2023 FIDE World Cup for a match victory of 2.5-1.5. In the third-place playoffs, GM Fabiano Caruana convincingly defeated GM Nijat Abasov in both rapid tiebreaks for a 3-1 victory and third place.

It was a heartbreaking defeat for the Indian youngster, who had the initiative in the first game until Carlsen fought back and won in a tense endgame. In the second game, the world number-one allowed no chances, and Praggnanandhaa’s impressive World Cup run came to an end as hundreds of thousands of fans watched the tense battle.

This is a flash report. The full report, including photographs, videos, and game annotations will be added soon.

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Carlsen-Praggnanandhaa: 2.5-1.5

In the champion’s own words, he has completed chess.

Annotations by GM Rafael Leitao will be added shortly for the game that won Carlsen the match.

After that, a draw as White was all it took:

Caruana-Abasov: 3-1

Caruana showed his skill with two crushing victories:

The 2023 FIDE World Cup and Women’s World Cup in Baku, Azerbaijan, are big knockout events that will determine six spots in the 2024 FIDE Candidates Tournaments. The action began July 30 and ends August 24, with a combined $2.5 million prize fund.

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