Caruana vs Carlsen | A battle before the 2018 World Chess Championship

Featured in this video is the Round 1 game of the 2018 Grenke Chess Classic between Fabiano Caruana (white), and Magnus Carlsen (black). This is Caruana and Carlsen’s first tournament encounter since learning they will both be competing in the 2018 World Chess Championship Match come November of 2018. Fabiano Caruana will play challenger to the defending World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen. In this game Caruana opens with a non-confrontational setup that doesn’t acheive any advantage as white, but rather some playable/normal position. Carlsen opts for a King’s Indian Defense setup, with play beginning to sharp as early as move 12. We witness multiple structural imbalances, each side obtaining a majority, and an all important minor piece imbalance as well. Once the endgame arrives, and only one rook remains for each player, the quality of the pawns would be king.

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nf3 Bg7 4. e3 O-O 5. Be2 d6 6. Nc3 Nc6 { E61 King’s Indian Defense: Semi-Classical Variation, Hollywood Variation } 7. d5 Nb4 8. a3 Na6 9. Nd4 e5 10. dxe6 fxe6 11. O-O e5 12. Nb3 c6 13. e4 Nc7 14. f4 Ne6 15. f5 Nd4 16. Be3 Nxe2+ 17. Qxe2 gxf5 18. exf5 d5 19. cxd5 cxd5 20. Rad1 d4 21. Bg5 Qb6 22. Qc4+ Rf7 23. Na4 Qc7 24. Qxc7 Rxc7 25. Nac5 b6 26. Bxf6 bxc5 27. Bxg7 Kxg7 28. Nd2 Bb7 29. f6+ Kf8 30. Rde1 Re8 31. Ne4 Bxe4 32. Rxe4 c4 33. g4 Rb8 34. Rxe5 Rxb2 35. Rd5 c3 36. Rd8+ Kf7 37. Rh8 Rbb7 38. Rxh7+ Kg6 39. Rxc7 Rxc7 40. Kf2 c2 41. Rc1 d3 42. Ke3 Rd7 43. Kd2 Kxf6 44. h4 Ke5 45. Rf1 Kd4 46. h5 Re7 47. Rf4+ Kd5 48. Rf1 Kc4 49. Rf4+ Kd5 50. Rf1 Kc4 51. Rf4+ Kb3 52. Rb4+ Kxa3 53. Rc4 Kb3 54. Rc8 a5 55. h6 Re2+ 56. Kxd3 Rh2 57. g5 Rh3+ 58. Kd2 Rh2+ 59. Kd3

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