A Silent Confession | Magnus Carlsen vs Fabiano Caruana – 2018 Sinquefield Cup

This is a round 7 game from the 2018 Sinquefield Cup between the current World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen, and challenger for the 2018 World Chess Championship Fabiano Caruana. This game acts as Carlsen and Caruana’s last meeting before they meet in London for the 2018 World Chess Championship match. That best of 12-game battle for the most presteigious title in chess will begin in November. In the featured game, Carlsen opened with e4, a favorite of the great Bobby Fischer. Caruana replied with e5 and soon entered a favorite defense of his, namely the Petroff Defense (Russian Game). Carlsen’s 5th denotes the Nimzowitsch Attack, which immediately creates an imbalance related to the structure, and later we experience a case of opposite sides castling. Because of the king positions, time would become an important factor is this game. A memorable moment in chess occurs during this game when Carlsen enters the confessional booth, one that is unique to the Saint Louis Chess Club and Scholastic Center. What thoughts did Carlsen convey?

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nxe5 d6 4. Nf3 Nxe4 5. Nc3 { C42 Russian Game: Nimzowitsch Attack } Nxc3 6. dxc3 Be7 7. Be3 Nc6 8. Bc4 O-O 9. Qd2 Bf5 10. O-O-O Qd7 11. Kb1 Rfe8 12. h4 Bf8 13. h5 h6 14. Be2 Bg4 15. Nh2 Bxe2 16. Qxe2 Ne5 17. Bc1 Qc6 18. f4 Nc4 19. Qd3 Qe4 20. g4 Ne3 21. Rde1 Qxd3 22. cxd3 Nd5 23. Reg1 Re6 24. g5 Ne7 25. gxh6 Rxh6 26. f5 Rh7 27. Ng4 Kh8 28. f6 Ng8 29. fxg7+ Rxg7 30. Be3 c5 31. Bf4 Re8 32. Ne3 Rxg1+ 33. Rxg1 Re6 34. Nd5 Nf6 35. Nc7 Re2 36. Nb5 Re6 37. Rf1 Kg8 38. Nc7 Re2 39. Nb5 Re6 40. Nc7 Re2 41. Nb5 Re6

Magnus Carlsen picture courtesy of Lennart Ootes
2018 Sinquefield Cup

Internet Chess Club (ICC)
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