The Sveshnikov Strikes | Game 8 – 2018 World Chess Championship

World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway defends his title against challenger Fabiano Caruana of the United States in Game 8 of the 2018 World Chess Championship match that is being held in London. It’s a best of 12 games where the first player to earn 6.5 points earns the lion’s share of a $1.14 million prize pool, and the title of “World Chess Champion”. Both players entered game 8 deadlocked with 3.5 points each. Fabinao seems to be a fan of Bobby Fischer’s quote: “e4 best by test”. Thus far he has yet to deviate, nor has Carlsen in his reply with the Sicilian Defense. Unlike games 1, 3, & 5 where the Rossolimo was played, this time the Sveshnikov strikes which makes the game sharp straight from kickoff. With Caruana’s 7th move Nd5, the battle ultimately revolves around the 4:3 pawn majorities for each. With so many opportunities for different pawn structures to surface from this double-edged position out of the Sicilian, it would not be a surprise to see Caruana revisit the Sveshnikov if Carlsen permits it in the 2 remaining games where Caruana has white.

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e5 { B33 Sicilian Defense: Lasker-Pelikan Variation } 6. Ndb5 d6 7. Nd5 Nxd5 8. exd5 Nb8 9. a4 Be7 10. Be2 O-O 11. O-O Nd7 12. Bd2 f5 13. a5 a6 14. Na3 e4 15. Nc4 Ne5 16. Nb6 Rb8 17. f4 exf3 18. Bxf3 g5 19. c4 f4 20. Bc3 Bf5 21. c5 Nxf3+ 22. Qxf3 dxc5 23. Rad1 Bd6 24. h3 Qe8 25. Nc4 Qg6 26. Nxd6 Qxd6 27. h4 gxh4 28. Qxf4 Qxf4 29. Rxf4 h5 30. Re1 Bg4 31. Rf6 Rxf6 32. Bxf6 Kf7 33. Bxh4 Re8 34. Rf1+ Kg8 35. Rf6 Re2 36. Rg6+ Kf8 37. d6 Rd2 38. Rg5

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