World Chess Championship 2018 Odds
Who wins the World Chess Championship 2018?
The 2018 edition of the World Chess Championship will be held from November 9 to 28, 2018, in London, United Kingdom. Norwegian Magnus Carlsen, the reigning World Champion, will face Italian-American Grandmaster Fabiano Caruana in a best-of-12-games match, organized by the World Chess Federation and its commercial partner, Agon, with a combined prize fund of one million Euro.
Carlsen became World Champion in 2013, when he defeated Viswanathan Anand in a match played in Chennai, India, without a single loss. He successfully defended his title in the next year, once more against Anand, winning 3 games, drawing 7 and losing one. Meanwhile, he also won both the World Rapid and the World Blitz Championships, becoming the first player to hold all three titles at the same time. In 2016, Carlsen retained his title by defeating Sergey Karjakin, in New York City. It was a very close match, only decided on tie-break.
Caruana is an Italian-American chess grandmaster, currently ranked number 3 in the world, that became Carlsen's challenger after winning the Candidates Tournament, a double round-robin organized by FIDE as the final contest to determine the challenger for the World Chess Championship. After leading for most of the tournament, which was played in Berlin, Germany, between March 10 and 28, 2018, Caruana defeated Alexander Grischuk in the last round to win with a score of 9 out of 14 points, a full point ahead of the rest of the field.
So far, Carlsen and Caruana played 31 games against each other at classical time controls, with Carlsen beating Caruana 9 to 5, with 17 draws.