This first game wants more. After a good game that lasted seven hours, Norwegian chess world champion Magnus Carlsen accepted the draw of his rival Fabiano Caruana at the start of the World Cup in London. At this time, they both played with only one tower and three (Carlsen) or two farmers (Caruana) with their kings.
The challenger from the United States played with white and opened with the double step of the e-pawn. Carlsen reacted and surprised his opponents with the Sicilian defense. Caruana was nervous and initially consumed significantly more time.
Carlsen shook the queen and the opposing king, and attacked, sure seemed to win. However, the world champion missed the decision on the 30 & # 39; Instead, I ended up with Caruana, only one small inside the bridge.
Carlsen tried to mislead the defiant, and even seven hours to the board. However, Caruana did not withdraw after the 115th and did not have a draw. This game is only short on the world record. The 1978 World Cup, between Anatoly Karpov and Victor Korchnoi, finished after 124 moves.
Tomorrow, Carlsen and Caruana are sitting opposite each other for the second match (16:00, live bettor SPIEGEL ONLINE). Then the world champion opens. Here you can read the first game step by step.
Detailed information, such as SPIEGEL ONLINE reports in London's Chess World Cup, can be found here.