World Chess Candidates 2018 : Fabiano Caruana vs Wesley So : Round 1: Berlin

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World Chess Candidates 2018 : Fabiano Caruana vs Wesley So : Round 1:  Berlin

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World Championship Candidates (2018)
Starting March 10th in Berlin, eight of the world’s strongest players compete to earn the right to challenge Magnus Carlsen.

Players: Mamedyarov, Kramnik, So, Aronian, Caruana, Ding Liren, Grischuk, Karjakin.

[Event “World Championship Candidates”]
[Site “Berlin GER”]
[Date “2018.03.10”]
[EventDate “2018.03.10”]
[Round “1”]
[Result “1-0”]
[White “Fabiano Caruana”]
[Black “Wesley So”]
[ECO “E00”]
[WhiteElo “2784”]
[BlackElo “2799”]
[PlyCount “65”]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. g3 Bb4+ 4. Bd2 Be7 5. Bg2 d5 6. Nf3 O-O
7. O-O c6 8. Qb3 Nbd7 9. Bf4 a5 10. Rd1 Nh5 11. Bc1 Nhf6
12. Nbd2 b5 13. c5 b4 14. Qc2 a4 15. Re1 e5 16. Nxe5 Nxe5
17. dxe5 Nd7 18. Nf3 Bxc5 19. Ng5 g6 20. Bf4 Qb6 21. e4 b3
22. axb3 axb3 23. Qe2 Ba6 24. Qf3 Bc4 25. Rxa8 Rxa8 26. e6
dxe4 27. exf7+ Bxf7 28. Nxe4 Bd4 29. Nd6 Bd5 30. Qe2 Nf8
31. Bxd5+ cxd5 32. Qf3 Qa5 33. Re7 1-0

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How did the players qualify for the Candidates World Chess Tournament ?

Candidates Tournament
Main article: Candidates Tournament 2018
The challenger will be the winner of a double round-robin Candidates Tournament with eight players, which will be played in Berlin, Germany, on March 10–28, 2018.[3] Players qualified for the Candidates as follows:[4]

Player Age at time of event Rating
(Mar. 2018)[5] Rank Qualification path
Russia Sergey Karjakin 28 2763 13 The loser of the 2016 World Championship match.
Armenia Levon Aronian 35 2794 5 The top two finishers in the Chess World Cup 2017 who did not qualify from the 2016 match.
China Ding Liren 25 2769 11
Azerbaijan Shakhriyar Mamedyarov 32 2809 2 The top two finishers in the FIDE Grand Prix 2017 who did not qualify through the World Cup.
Russia Alexander Grischuk 34 2767 12
United States Fabiano Caruana[6] 26 2784 7 The top two players with the highest rating (by the average of all 12 lists in 2017), who did not qualify via one of the above qualification routes, and who have played in either the World Cup or Grand Prix.
United States Wesley So[6] 25 2799 4
Russia Vladimir Kramnik[6] 43 2800 3 Wild card nomination of the organizers (Agon). Must be rated at least 2725 in any FIDE published rating list in 2017.

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