The suspense as to who will be the challenger is over! It's Grandmaster Sergey Karjakin from Russia who will take on the reigning champion, Magnus Carlsen from Norway in November 2016 at USA.

In the virtual finals, Karjakin, who had the advantage of White, opted for the King Pawn Opening as against the safe, 1.Nf3 and Caruana, for whom this was a 'Must-Win' game came up with the sharp Sicilian Defense. And, we had an entertaining game wherein Caruana opted to keep his King in the center with Bishop pair and a mass of pawns as compensation. However, a crucial error in time scramble put an end to his hopes.

As for the new challenger, this was a well deserved win with 4 wins and just one loss. Having rose to the fame as early as 12 by becoming the youngest Grandmaster in the world, Karjakin rise at the top was steady. Prior to this achievement, he had won the 'World Cup 2015' at Baku.

Now for the game, cross table of final standings and photos (Credits: World Chess) of each of the eight contenders with statistics;

 The 'Ambasssador' Signals Start of the Game!

[Event "Candidates 2016"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2016.03.28"]
[Round "14"]
[White "Karjakin, Sergey"]
[Black "Caruana, Fabiano"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B67"]
[WhiteElo "2760"]
[BlackElo "2794"]
[PlyCount "83"]
[EventDate "2016.??.??"]

GM Sergey Karjakin - Champion with 4 Wins and 1 Loss


 GM Fabiano Caruana - 2nd Place with two wins and one loss

 

GM Viswanathan Anand - 3rd place with 4 wins and 3 losses

   GM Anish Giri - 4th place - 'No loss' - 'No win'

GM Peter Svidler - 5th place with 1 win and 1 loss

 GM Levon Aronian - 6th place with 2 wins and 2 losses

 GM Hikaru Nakamura - 7th place with 3 wins and 3 losses

 GM Vaselin Topalov - 8th place with 6 losses and no wins

Final standings