World Chess Championship 2018 Match Magnus Carlsen vs Fabiano Caruana, London 2018The World Chess Championship 2018 Match - Magnus Carlsen vs Fabiano Caruana - took place in London (England, the United Kingdom), 9th-28th November. 12 classical games (plus tie-break games).
Magnus Carlsen - Fabiano Caruana 9-6 (6-6, tiebreak 3-0). Magnus Carlsen of Norway is World Chess Champion again, he retains World Championship title.
Tiebreak: Carlsen-Caruana 3-0.
Game 12: Caruana-Carlsen 1/2. The Sicilian Defence, the main line 3.d4. Magnus played 8...Ne7. Fabiano activated the queen with 10.Qa4, then chose the risky plan, all or nothing, and played 21. Rh2, followed by 22.O-O-O. Magnus counterattacked with 23...f5! and obtained a small advantage. A draw. Total 6-6, tiebreak.
Game 11: Carlsen-Caruana 1/2. The Russian Game or Petrov Defence. With equality. Carlsen grabbed a pawn, but the opposite-colored bishops endgame was drawn as usual. A draw in 55 moves.
Game 10: Caruana-Carlsen 1/2. The Sicilian Defence, the main line 3.d4. Fabiano played a new move, 12.b4, In Game 8 he chose 12.Bd2.
Game 9: Carlsen-Caruana 1/2. The English Opening. With equality. A draw in 56 moves.
Game 8: Caruana-Carlsen 1/2. The Sicilian Defence, the main line 3.d4. Magnus played the Lasker-Pelikan System. Fabiano preferred 7.Nd5, before he played also 7.Bg5, and then the rare 9.a4, Caruana's coach Kasimdzhanov vs Carlsen in 2007 chose the usual 9.c4. Fabiano seized space on the queenside with a4-a5, Nb6 and c4, Magnus counterattacked on the kingside with the risky 18...g5? and 19...f4. Fabiano sacrificed a pawn with the strong 21.c5!. But after the dubious 24.h3?! Magnus had counterplay with 24...Qe8. 24.Nc4 and 24.Qh5 were better. A draw.
Game 7: Carlsen-Caruana 1/2. The Queen's Gambit Declined, 5.Bf4. Carlsen played 10.Nd2, in Game 2 he chose 10.Rd1. 11...Bb6!? was a novelty. Caruana equalized with 13...dxc4=.
Game 6: Carlsen-Caruana . The Russian Game. Carlsen played 1.d4 in Game 2, 1.c4 in Game 4 and 1.e4 today. He knows all openings. It is interesting that in this game in the opening the rivals made almost all moves by knights. With equality. However, in the endgame Fabiano won a knight for two pawns with 44...Bxe3 and obtained a clear advantage. But Magnus defended normal and drew, though he made a mistake, 67.Kg6? and Fabiano Caruana could have won with 68...Bh4!.
Game 5: Caruana-Carlsen 1/2. The Sicilian Defence, 3.Bb5. Wow! Fabiano sacrificed a pawn in the opening with 6.b4! Magnus grabbed this pawn with 6...Nxb4. A sharp fight! Then Magnus sacrificed two pawns! And after the simple and strong 18...Ra8! Magnus Carlsen had good compensation for the pawn in the complex endgame. A draw!
Game 4: Carlsen-Caruana 1/2. The English Opening. Fabiano tried to trade all knights quickly, with 9...Nxc3 and 10...Nd4. After the dubious 17...Bf5?! Magnus had a slight advantage due to weaknesses on Black's kingside. 17...Rad8!? was better, with equality. But then Fabiano played the strong 20...b5! to attack the b4-pawn in the near future and gradually equalized.
Game 3: Caruana-Carlsen 1/2. The Sicilian Defence, 3.Bb5. Fabiano preferred 6.O-O at once, Magnus played 6...Qc7. Fabiano seized space on the queenside with 9.b4. White had a small advantage, because White's bishop was more active than Black's. But after 21...Qa7 the position looked drawish.
Game 2: Carlsen-Caruana 1/2. The Queen's Gambit Declined, 5.Bf4. Fabiano had a small advantage in the endgame, grabbed a pawn with 36...Kxd7. But the rook endgame was drawn.
Game 1: Caruana-Carlsen 1/2. The Sicilian Defence, 3.Bb5. Fabiano chose a rare move, 10.Nh2, 11.f4 was a novelty, with pressure on the kingside after 11...exf4 12.Rxf4. But Magnus had a strong plan: he counterattacked on the king's wing with ...h6-g5, after the dubious 16.Ng4?! he castled long 16...O-O-O and obtained a small advantage. 16.a4 was better, e.g. 16...O-O-O 17.a5 with a sharp fight (or 16...a5, Bodnaruk A - Vega Gutierrez S, WCC KO Khanty-Mansiysk (1.4) 2018). Then Magnus could have obtained a clear edge with 21...Kb7, followed by ...Bxh5, but he preferred 21...Nf8?! and Fabiano grabbed a pawn, 22.Nxf6 with counterchances. However Fabiano made a mistake, 33.Ke2? and Magnus gained a huge edge with 33...Qg5. Then Magnus could have won with 36...Qg7, 36...h4? was an error, also with 38...Rg3!. Fabiano continued 37.Kd2?, but 37.e5! was better. After 41.Qxf4 Black had only a small advantage, White had real chances to draw. The rook endgame was drawn.
Schedule, games: November 9, 10; 12, 13; 15, 16; 18, 19; 21, 22; 24; 26; tie-break 28. The Opening Ceremony - November 9, 2018. The Awards Ceremony - November 28, 2018.
Before the match: World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway, Challenger Fabiano Caruana of the United States of America.
The time control: 100 minutes for the first 40 moves, 50 minutes for the next 20 moves and then 15 minutes for the rest of the game plus 30 seconds per move starting from move 1.
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© 2000-2018 Boris Schipkov