Norwegian grandmaster Magnus Carlsen has defended his chess world championship title by beating American challenger Fabiano Caruana 3-0 in rapid tiebreaker games.

After their three-week match ended in 12 draws, Carlsen wrapped up the victory quickly Wednesday with three straight wins to build an unassailable lead in the best-of-four rapid format. The tiebreakers were played with 25 minutes for each player per game, while the 12 previous classical-style games lasted up to seven hours each.

Reigning chess world champion, Norway's Magnus Carlsen, left, and Italian-American Fabiano Caruana concentrate at the final day of the World chess Championship in London, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
Reigning chess world champion, Norway’s Magnus Carlsen, left, and Italian-American Fabiano Caruana concentrate at the final day of the World chess Championship in London, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

It’s the third time the 27-year-old Carlsen has successfully defended his title after winning it from Viswanathan Anand of India in 2013.

Reigning chess world champion, Norway's Magnus Carlsen, left, and Italian-American Fabiano Caruana concentrate at the final day of the World chess Championship in London, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
Reigning chess world champion, Norway’s Magnus Carlsen, left, and Italian-American Fabiano Caruana concentrate at the final day of the World chess Championship in London, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

Caruana, 26, was trying to become the first American since Bobby Fischer in 1972 to become the chess world champion.

Carlsen pockets 550,000 euros ($621,000) for the win while Caruana gets 450,000 euros ($508,000).

Source: The Associated Press