Fabiano Caruana vs Magnus Carlsen – 2nd Sinquefield Cup 2014

This is the 8th round game between the #2 ranked chess player in the world, Fabiano Caruana, and the #1 ranked chess player in the world and current world chess champion, Magnus Carlsen, from the 2nd Sinquefield Cup chess tournament of 2014. Fabiano Caruana went into this 8th round with a perfect 7/7 score and looked to leave an even greater footprint on the chess world with an eighth consecutive win. The game sees Carlsen choosing the Sicilian Accelerated Dragon, and Caruana entering the Maróczy Bind variation with 5. c4. The early moments draw much of our attention to the queenside, where Carlsen runs his a-pawn deep to induce some queenside weaknesses in Caruana’s camp. However after Caruana’s 17th move, a great focus would then shift to the kingside, where Caruana and Carlsen’s kings reside. The tournament was held in the United States – Saint Louis, Missouri at the Saint Louis Chess Club & Scholastic Center (Home of the World Chess Hall of Fame). This tournament’s 6 competitors (Magnus Carlsen, Levon Aronian, Fabiano Caruana, Hikaru Nakamura, Veselin Topalov and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave) have an average rating of nearly 2802, making it the strongest tournament in chess history.

Game Notation:
1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 g6 5. c4 Nf6 6. Nc3 d6 7. f3 Nxd4 8. Qxd4 Bg7 9. Be3 O-O 10. Qd2 a5 11. b3 a4 12. b4 Be6 13. Rc1 Nd7 14. Be2 Nb6 15. Nb5 a3 16. Nd4 Bd7 17. h4 h5 18. g4 hxg4 19. fxg4 e5 20. Nb3 Bc6 21. Bf3 f5 22. gxf5 gxf5 23. Na5 f4 24. Bf2 Na4 25. Nxc6 bxc6 26. O-O c5 27. b5 Bf6 28. Kh1 Nb6 29. Rcd1 Kh8 30. Qxd6 Qxd6 31. Rxd6 Nxc4 32. Rd5 Ne3 33. Bxe3 fxe3 34. Be2 Bxh4 35. Rf5 Rxf5 36. exf5 Rd8 37. Rxd8+ Bxd8 38. Kg2 Kg7 39. Kf3 Kf6 40. Ke4 c4 41. Bxc4 Bb6 42. Bd3

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