Defeating American star Fabiano Caruana with the help of a brilliant rook sacrifice, Russian Grandmaster Sergey Karjakin has won the FIDE chess candidates tournament in Moscow and will face reigning world champion Magnus Carlsen in a title match this November in New York City.
Karjakin and Caruana were tied for the lead in the 14th and final round of the candidates tournament, but Caruana was playing the Black pieces and, because of tiebreaks, needed a win to advance. He would have been the first American-born player to compete to the world title since Bobby Fischer was stripped of the crown in 1975.
The 26-year-old Mr. Karjakin was born in Ukraine and holds the record for the youngest player ever to win the grandmaster title, earning the title at the age of 12 years, seven months. Born in Ukraine, he has competed for the Russian federation since 2009.
Mr. Karjakin was not considered one of the favorites going into the eight-grandmaster candidates event, but lost only one game to finish alone in first with an 8 1/2-5 1/2 score.