Magnus “Namaste” Carlsen vs Fabiano Caruana | Norway Chess 2020

This is a round 4 game between Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana from the 2020 Altibox Norway Chess tournament. With a no handshake rule in place for this tournament, Carlsen opened with a “Namaste” to Caruana. The opening of the game was a Nimzo-Indian Defense, with Carlsen opting for the Classical variation. An endgame surfaced by move 15 and the game’s focus was primarily on the queenside, with Caruana’s c-pawn having a target on its back. Would this one weakness however be significant enough to have the game end decisively? The last 19 classical games between Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana were all draws. 12 of those 19 games were from their 2018 World Chess Championship match.

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Qc2 O-O 5. a3 Bxc3+ 6. Qxc3 d5 7. Bg5 dxc4 8. Qxc4 b6 9. Rd1 Ba6 10. Qa4 h6 11. Bh4 Qd7 12. Qc2 Qc6 13. Qxc6 Nxc6 14. Bxf6 gxf6 15. e3 Bxf1 16. Kxf1 Na5 17. Nf3 Nc4 18. Rb1 c5 19. Ke2 Rfc8 20. Rhc1 Nd6 21. dxc5 bxc5 22. Rc2 Kf8 23. Nd2 c4 24. Rbc1 Rab8 25. Kf3 c3 26. bxc3 Rc5 27. c4 f5 28. Ke2 Ke7 29. Kd3 Kd7 30. Rc3 Rc6 31. c5 Ne8 32. Nf3 Ra6 33. Ne5+ Ke7 34. Ke2 Nf6 35. R1c2 Nd5 36. Rd3 Rc8 37. Rb3 Rc7 38. Rc4 Ra5 39. Nd3 e5 40. Nxe5 Raxc5 41. Rxc5 Rxc5 42. Rb7+ Ke6 43. Nxf7 Ra5 44. Nd8+ Kd6 45. Rb3 Ra6 46. Nf7+ Kc5 47. Ne5 h5 48. Kd2 h4 49. Nd3+ Kc4 50. Kc2 Rd6 51. Nf4

Image of Magnus Carlsen in thumbnail, and in-video pictures courtesy of Lennart Ootes

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