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Magnus Carlsen vs Fabiano Caruana, Game 8: World Chess Championship, London 2018


Caruana, Fabiano (2832) - Carlsen, Magnus (2835) [B33]
World Chess Championship/London (8) 2018

1. e4 c5 The Sicilian Defence. 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e5 6. Ndb5 d6 7. Nd5 Nxd5 8. exd5 Nb8 9. a4 A rare continuation. Be7 10. Be2 O-O 11. O-O Nd7 12. Bd2 f5 12...a6!? 13.Na3 b6 deserves attention. 13. a5 a6 14. Na3 e4 15. Nc4 Ne5 16. Nb6 Rb8 17. f4 exf3 18. Bxf3 g5? A risky move: Black weakens the kingside. 18...Bf6! was better. 19. c4 f4 20. Bc3 Bf5 21. c5! A strong move. White sacrifices a pawn. Nxf3+ 22. Qxf3 dxc5 23. Rad1 23.g4 and 23.Rae1 are even better, with a clear edge to White and big chances to win the game. Bd6 24. h3?! A dubious continuation. 24.Nc4 and 24.Qh5 are better, and White can attack. Qe8 25. Nc4 Qg6 26. Nxd6 Qxd6 27. h4 gxh4 28. Qxf4 Qxf4 29. Rxf4 h5 30. Re1 Bg4 31. Rf6 Rxf6 32. Bxf6 The position looks drawish. Kf7 32...b5 is also good. 33. Bxh4 Re8 34. Rf1+ Kg8 35. Rf6 Re2 36. Rg6+ Kf8 37. d6 Rd2 38. Rg5 1/2-1/2

World Chess Championship 2018 Match Magnus Carlsen vs Fabiano Caruana, London 2018


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