Fischer Random World Chess Championship - So defeats Carlsen

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11/2/2019 – Wesley So was the winner of the Fisher Random World Championship, defeating the classical World Champion Magnus Carlsen. Ian Nepomniachtchi beat Fabiano Caruana to finish third. Live game commentary from 16:30 UTC (17:30 CET / 12:30 EDT) Note: Europe has already switched to Winter time! | Photo:

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Final - Day 3

The Fischer Random World Championship finals start with four "slow rapid" games in which players receiving 45 minutes for the 40 first moves, 15 minutes for the rest of the game, with no increment. Each win is worth 3 points, with 1½ points given to each player in case of a draw. Full details below!

Reports on the Final: Day 1 | Day 2

Live commentary

Final match score

Wesley So closed out Magnus Carlsen on the final day of the Final match on Saturday, while Ian Nepomniachtchi rebounded from his loss to So by beating Fabiano Caruana in the consolation match.

Rank Name Score Rating
1 So, Wesley 13½/16 2767
2 Carlsen, Magnus 2½/20 2876
Rank Name Score Rating
1 Nepomniachtchi, Ian 12½/18 2776
2 Caruana, Fabiano 5½/18 2812

Carlsen and So advance in the semis

Carlsen defeated Caruana and Wesley So dominated Ian Nepomniachtchi, thus Carlsen and So will face-off in the final beginning on Thursday.

Rank Name Score Rating
1 Carlsen, Magnus 12½/20 2876
2 Caruana, Fabiano 7½/20 2812
Rank Name Score Rating
1 So, Wesley 13/18 2767
2 Nepomniachtchi, Ian 5/18 2776

Report on the semi-final

The format 

Once again, the venue is the Henie Onstad Art Center in Høvikodden, a picturesque headland in the Bærum municipality. As usual, Norwegian TV is broadcasting the event for the national audience.

Fischer Random World Championship 2018

Norwegian state broadcaster NRK covered the event last year | Photo: Maria Emelianova /

Unlike last year, however, the semis and the finals will now be played across three different time controls — slow rapid, fast rapid and blitz. Each match-up will last three days, with the following timeline in place:

Days one and two: Two slow rapid games each day (four total) — 45 minutes for the 40 first moves, 15 minutes for the rest of the game. No increment. Each win is worth 3 points, with 1½ points given to each player in case of a draw.

Day three:

  • Four fast rapid games — 15 minutes plus 2-second increments. Each win is worth 2 points.
  • Four blitz games — 3 minutes plus 2-second increments. Each win is worth 1 point.
  • Tiebreaker: Armageddon – 5/4 minutes, no increment, Black advances if game drawn.

The semi-finals take place from October 27th until the 29th, while the final and the match for third place will take place from October 31st until November 2nd. Wednesday October 30th will be a rest day.

Fischer Random World Championship 2019



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fgkdjlkag fgkdjlkag 11/3/2019 09:31
I agree with turok's sentiment and would like to see the next FR world championship with all players starting on equal ground, from the beginning. I believe that the finals would be overwhelmingly GMs anyway, but if the finalists of FR were compared to the finalists of the classical world championship, they would not be the same, and turok is right that some other players would rise to the top in FR that would not in regular chess. And over time the disparity will increase, because right now who else is going to populate FR events other than regular chess professionals? Chess has had professional chess-players for 70+ years, FR has only become somewhat popular in the last 2 years. It will take time for top FR players to develop.

In this recently completed event, not only was Nakamura, Carlsen, and So seeded near the end of the event, but 6-7 GMs also seeded very high, and IMs and GMs were seeded later than non-titled players. Even if the finals were mainly GMs, let's also look at the number of titled players making it to each previous round, and if everyone started at the beginning surely the numbers would be different (in favor of some more non-titled players) than what it was in this event, although the absolute numbers would be in question.

I have beaten more titled players in FR than in regular chess, which I believe is due to relative strengths in each category of opening, middlegame, endgame, tactics, strategy, etc.
KungFuChess KungFuChess 11/3/2019 08:50
turok, "I guarantee there are master level players who could beat these guys..."

noun 1.) a formal promise or assurance (typically in writing) that certain conditions will be fulfilled, especially that a product will be repaired or replaced if not of a specified quality and durability.

Guarantee, eh? It's too bad you can't put your money where your mouth is. I'd love to see if your confidence swayed just a bit if you had to line up a stack of chips equal to a few months worth of whatever your employer pays you on some master level players vs some grandmasters.

Granted it IS a different game, not chess proper. But what ratings are they supposed to use and whp's supposed to be funding and sponsoring a bunch of 'no-namers'? Would Chessbase even bring us the article? Would we even be aware an event filled with 2000-2399 classic chess players were involved in an event of Fischer-random?

Silly contention to be fuming on about methinks...
turok turok 11/3/2019 08:49
@SevenBySeven no hostility-and what are you talking about-do u not understand the purpose for creating random chess? Are you that ignorant that you think there are NOT players out there like a reshevsky who do not do all this preparing with opening theory which by the way is almost pure regurgitation ?? that after the opening even with lower ratings know the rest as good as these so-called over-rated GMs in todays chess world. My entire point is they keep these guys in the limelight even in random chess by handing them their rating and places even if they had to qualify since many people may not have had a chance-then they hand Carlson the final just because he is the champion in the normal game of chess-thats not why this was created as some sort of artificial hobby chess just for fun. Fischer knew that the real chess people without all of the opening theory would rise but instead they have diluted this now with all of the same people not earning a random chess rating and instead just give it o those same people. Even a GM in normal chess will good up without that opening theory but if they mess up against a So then you want us all to think it was another Super GM while in truth it could be a master level player but we will never know because this turns into the good ole boys club again.
mrstillwater mrstillwater 11/3/2019 08:21
@Turok - the event started with a series of open qualifiers on so your criticism is wrong on both counts.
Rambus Rambus 11/2/2019 02:50
How do you move the video forward in Twitch TV?
SevenBySeven SevenBySeven 11/1/2019 03:46

I sense alot of hostility in your point of view. Firstly, you are very wrong about "master level players who could beat these guys". It is well known in the chess world that great champions MUST also be great Endgame players! Those two things are synonymous. So what then... Fischer random endgames?
turok turok 10/31/2019 11:31
so not interested-chess world just throws in the same people and this should be like a brand new system for all of the world to compete in so that we can show how even the GMs are not as good without the opening theory-but instead we seed the champion and just reuse the same old people-I guarantee there are master level players who could beat these guys in slow time controls where opening to middle theory isn't all computers and memorization but instead we do the same old thing-