World Chess Championship: Magnus Carlsen retains title

He beat Caruana in three time-limited games, ending the American's hopes of becoming the first US champion since Bobby Fischer won in 1972.

This showdown followed a record-breaking streak of 12 drawn games of regular chess.

Wednesday’s victory in London extends the Norwegian chess grandmaster’s reign at the top of the chess world that began when the 27-year-old, considered by many to be the best ever human to play the game, first clinched the title in 2013.

His win via a rapid-format play-off cements his reputation as the world’s best player across different time spans — from classical games, which can last six hours or longer, to so-called “blitz chess” in which players have just a few minutes to complete an entire game.

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