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Magnus Carlsen retained his championship today. CNN reported:
For most of November there was deadlock. Twelve games, 12 draws, a too-close-to-call psychological battle conducted before a devoted global audience locked at 6-6. And so, in a soundproof studio in a grand Victorian building in central London, the world title was decided by a series of quickfire tie-breakers for the first time in the competition’s official 132-year history.
As Casey Stengel said about the Mets, “Can’t anybody play this game.” This is the fourth time the world chess championship has been decided by rapid games (2006, 2011, 2016 and 2018). I realize that chess journalists are rare, but CNN can’t get the basic facts correct. Perhaps fake news is too harsh a term for the mistake in CNN’s article. Would they prefer that I call them incompetent.