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  1. Carlsen in World Championships: 2005-07
    Mode: First KO World Cup, then the first 10 together with 6 other players qualify for Candidates semifinals,the 4 winners of the Candidates qualify for the championship tournament in Mexico.Result:Place 10 in the World Cup, eliminated in the Candidates semifinal by Aronian.
    38 games, 2005-2007

  2. Carlsen in World Championships: 2007-09
    Mode: KO World Cup, the winner gets a match against Topalov, the winner of which gets a match against the World Champion of 2008. The semifinalists of the World Cup qualify for the Grand Prix (part of the cycle 2008-10) Result: Eliminated in the semifinal of the World Cup by Kamsky.
    14 games, 2007

  3. Carlsen in World Championships: 2008-2012
    Mode: 6 Grand Prix tournaments (4 for each player, here numerated from Carlsen's "sight"). The winner plays against the winner of the FIDE World Cup 2009. The winner of this match then plays against the World Champion.

    Grand Prix 1: shared 1st with Gashimov and Wang

    ...FIDE changed the cycle, Carlsen withdrew from the Grand Prix out of protest. He also didn't participate in the World Cup 2009.

    13 games, 2008

  4. Carlsen in World Championships: Lybia 2004
    Carlsen's first World Championship cycle. Mode:KO with 2 games. Result: Eliminated in the 1st round by Aronian.
    4 games, 2004

  5. Carlsen in World Championships: the 2013 cycle
    Qualified to the Candidates by rating. Candidates: a DRR.

    Final standings of the Candidates (under the tiebreaks given by the rules):

    1. Carlsen 8.5
    2. Kramnik 8.5
    3. Svidler 8
    4. Aronian 8
    5. Gelfand 6.5
    6. Grischuk 6.5
    7. Ivanchuk 6
    8. Radjabov 4

    Carlsen qualified thereby to the World Championship match against Viswanathan Anand.

    The World Championship Match against Anand, with 12 games planned, was won by Carlsen after just 10 games 6.5-3.5 (+3 -0 =7)

    24 games, 2013

  6. Carlsen in World Championships: the 2014 match
    Carlsen was the title holder (see Game Collection: Carlsen in World Championships: the 2013 cycle)

    Anand's qualification path backwards:

    Winner of World Championship Candidates (2014)

    Loser of Anand - Carlsen World Championship Match (2013)

    Winner of Anand - Gelfand World Championship Match (2012)

    Winner of Anand - Topalov World Championship Match (2010)

    Winner of Anand - Kramnik World Championship Match (2008)

    Winner of World Championship Tournament (2007)

    Second placed of FIDE World Championship Tournament (2005)


    Result: Carlsen won the match after 11 (of 12) games with 6.5-4.5 (+3 =7 -1).

    11 games, 2014

  7. Carlsen in World Championships: the 2016 match
    After successfully defending his title in 2014 against Anand (Game Collection: Carlsen in World Championships: the 2014 match), Carlsen got to play the next defense in 2016. The challenger determined was Sergey Karjakin. It is the third World Championship match in history in which both players are born in the same year (after Lasker-Janowski and Kramnik-Topalov), and the World Championship match with the smallest summary age of players ever. The latter is probably not surprising, after all both the champion and the challenger started off as chess prodigies.

    Karjakin's qualifying path, backwards:

    Winner of World Championship Candidates (2016)

    Winner of World Cup (2015)


    The classical part of the match ended 6:6 (+1 -1 =10). Carlsen won the rapid tiebreaks 3:1 (+2 -0 =2)

    16 games, 2016

  8. Carlsen in World Championships: the 2018 match
    Carlsen was the title holder, see Game Collection: Carlsen in World Championships: the 2016 match

    Caruana qualified by winning the World Championship Candidates (2018), to which he qualified by rating.

    All classical games were drawn. Carlsen won the rapid playoff 3:0.

    15 games, 2018

  9. Carlsen in World Championships: the 2021 match
    In 2021 Carlsen was to defend his title for the fourth time, this time against Ian Nepomniachtchi, after winning the previous world championship match against Fabiano Caruana on rapid tiebreaks (see Game Collection: Carlsen in World Championships: the 2018 match).

    Nepomniachtchi qualified by winning the long, interrupted mid-tournament due to the COVID-19 pandemic, World Championship Candidates (2020/21).

    And to the Candidates he qualified by finishing second in the 2019 FIDE Grand Prix behind Alexander Grischuk (winner in Moscow (FIDE Grand Prix Moscow (2019)), eliminated in the first round in Hamburg by Jan-Krzysztof Duda (Grand Prix Hamburg (2019)), winner in Jerusalem (Grand Prix Jerusalem (2019))).

    To the Grand Prix Nepomniachtchi qualified by rating.

    Game 6, won by Carlsen, broke the record for the longest world championship game ever, at 136 moves. Previous record holder was Korchnoi vs Karpov, 1978 (124 moves); previous longest decisive world championship game was Kasparov vs Karpov, 1990 (102 moves).

    Carlsen won the match with three games to spare, 7.5-3.5 (+4 -0 =7)

    11 games, 2021

  10. Carlsen losing to players born later than him
    All of Carlsen's classical losses to players born later than himself
    11 games, 2010-2021

  11. Carlsen's losing miniatures
    Carlsen's losing miniatures (up to 25 moves, 26th move of White allowed)
    28 games, 2000-2016

  12. Carlsen's winning miniatures
    Carlsen's winning miniatures (25 moves or shorter; 26th move of white is allowed)
    53 games, 2001-2019

  13. Champions miniature champions
    A collection of winning miniatures of World Champions against other World Champions. All champions with exception of Steinitz, Lasker and Capablanca played at least one such winning miniature.
    42 games, 1921-2014

  14. Grandmaster Blunders
    This is the collection of the worst moves ever made by the players, whose playing strength is doubtless over the one shown during making these moves
    51 games, 1889-2013

  15. Hanna Marie Klek
    Games by Hanna Marie Klek, the German Women's Champion of 2013.
    3 games, 2012-2013

  16. Lahno's winning miniatures
    Lahno's winning miniatures (25 moves or shorter, 26th move of white is allowed)
    24 games, 1999-2013

  17. Other games
    The cames which canĀ“t go into one of my two collections "grandmaster blunders" and "best games", but are interesting, are here.
    6 games, 1872-2007

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