Nov 2018
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Game 3 – Another Bloodless Draw

In general in this match, Black is doing OK, and this happened in this particular game 3. However, Magnus Carlsen after the game states…


… that he wasn't very happy from the opening outcome. The Challenger change a little bit his opening moves but it didn't give him anything at all.


Report From Amazing GM Daniel King



Caruana,Fabiano (2832) - Carlsen,Magnus (2835)

Fide World Chess Championship (3), 12.11.2018


1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 g6 4.Bxc6 dxc6 5.d3 Bg7 6.0–0



Players repeat the position from the game one, so for another time, we have seen Sicilian Defense on the board. Fabiano repeats the Rossolimo once more, which could be a more favorable line for Magnus because there are no heavy theory, no repetitions, and no super-sharp positions. This opening line is characterized by its complex strategic ideas. The first surprise came on 6th move in which White deviates from his previous h3.




The most theoretical l move here is Nf3 and after that e5. However, Magnus play Queen to c7 in order to keep all of the options opened.


7.Re1 e5 8.a3


Now the center is closed and the White's a normal reaction is to counter attack in the queen-side. In order to do that he would like to post his pawns there and open lines for his heavy pieces.


8...Nf6 9.b4 0–0!


Black give up a pawn in order to speed up his development and attack to c5 afterwards. It's really hard for White try to keep this extra pawn; and for sure it will slow down his attack on Queen side.


10.Nbd2 Bg4


He developed all of his pieces and completes his opening tasks; however, other moves are possible in this position.


11.h3 Bxf3 12.Nxf3 cxb4 13.axb4 a5


The position is a little better for White thanks to his solid pawn chain and for that reason Magnus tries to simplify it.


14.bxa5 Rxa5





It was better to capture the a5-Rook immediately in order to control that a-line and put some pressure on e5-pawn.


15...Raa8 16.Qb1 Nd7


This position is approximately equal and it's really hard for White to try for more. Black's queen-site pawns looks vulnerable; however, he can advance them easily.


17.Qb4!? Rfe8 18.Bc3 b5 19.Rxa8 Rxa8 20.Ra1 Rxa1+ 21.Bxa1 Qa7 22.Bc3 Qa2 23.Qb2 Qxb2 24.Bxb2 f6



Black managed to stop all of the play on e5-pawn. The queen-site pawns are even stronger now, because Black can advance them if he likes. Black's king can come more easily in center and more specifically on d7-square. For that reasons Black's position could be more preferable and White should be alert in order not to defend himself or squeezed in the future.


25.Kf1 Kf7 26.Ke2 Nc5 27.Bc3 Ne6 28.g3 Bf8 29.Nd2


29.d4!? exd4 30.Nxd4 Nxd4+ 31.Bxd4 c5 Black have the potential to create an outside passed pawn but this is not enough to win the game.


29...Ng5 30.h4 Ne6 31.Nb3 h5


This is a strong positional move in order to fix the kingside pawns in the "wrong" color. Another idea is to push the g-pawn and create the outside passed pawn in the king side.


32.Bd2 Bd6 33.c3 c5 34.Be3 Ke7 35.Kd1 Kd7 36.Kc2 f5


36...g5 37.f3! gxh4 38.gxh4=


37.Kd1 fxe4 38.dxe4 c4 39.Nd2 Nc5 40.Bxc5! Bxc5 41.Ke2


There is not a good way for Black to make progress here.


41...Kc6 42.Nf1 b4 43.cxb4 Bxb4 44.Ne3 Kc5 45.f4 exf4 46.gxf4 Ba5 47.f5 gxf5 48.Nxc4!


This is the final blow because Black will end with a "bad Bishop" and he would not be able to advance h5-pawn into a new Queen. 48...Kxc4 49.exf5 ½–½


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