...the World Chess Championship and at this particular event; the players don't aim to entertain the audience but to win the title itself.
Carlsen start the game with English opening, 1.c4; trying to surprise his opponent, however Caruana has a lot of experience in this line with white and black. Thus, he played quickly and equalizes the game easily.
The lights had taken from a story away from the board. Saint Louis chess club, Fabiano Caruana supporters, posts accidentally a video online of one of his training camps. The video was revealing some of his opening preparation on a computer screen. It was a gambit move or just a silly blunder of his supporters? The future will tell.
In the press conference asked about that and the Challenger changed about 100 colors in his face. He didn't want to comment on the situation. In the other hand, the current World Champion was very entertained in the situation.
Report From Amazing GM Daniel King
Carlsen,Magnus (2835) - Caruana,Fabiano (2832)
Fide World Chess Championship (4), 13.11.2018
1.c4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.g3 d5
4...Bb4 5.Bg2 0–0 6.0–0 e4 7.Ng5 Bxc3 8.bxc3 Re8 9.f3
9.Qc2 d5 10.cxd5 Qxd5 11.d3 Bf5 12.Bf4 h6 13.Nxe4 Nxe4 14.Qb2 b6 15.Rfd1 Qc5 16.dxe4 Bxe4 17.Bf1 Re7 18.a4 Rae8 19.Rac1 g5 20.Bd2 Qf5 21.f3 Qc5+ 22.Kh1 Bd5 23.Be1 Bc4 24.e4 Bxf1 25.Bf2 Qc4 26.Rxf1 Qxa4 27.c4 Ne5 28.Bd4 g4 29.fxg4 Qd7 30.Qc3 c5 31.Bxe5 Rxe5 32.Qf3 Rxe4 33.Rcd1 Qe6 34.g5 hxg5 35.Rd5 g4 36.Qc3 Re5 0–1 Vachier-Lagrave,M (2789)-Caruana,F (2784)/Baden-Baden Germany, Grenke Classic GM 2018
9...exf3 10.Nxf3 d5 11.d4 dxc4 12.Qc2 h6 13.Bf4 Ne4 14.Rad1 Bf5 15.Ne5 Nd6 16.e4 Bh7 17.Qe2 Ne7 18.Bxh6 gxh6 19.Qh5 Nef5 20.exf5 Qg5 21.Qxg5+ hxg5 22.f6 Ne4 23.Rfe1 Nxc3 24.Rc1 Nb5 25.Bxb7 Rad8 26.Bc6 Nxd4 27.Bxe8 Rxe8 28.Kf2 Nc2 29.Red1 Be4 30.Nxc4 Re6 31.Rd8+ Kh7 32.Kg1 Rxf6 33.Rf1 1–0 Caruana,F (2794)-Anand,V (2762)/Candidates Tournament 2016
5.cxd5 Nxd5 6.Bg2 Bc5 7.0–0 0–0 8.d3 Re8!?
An improvement, comparing it with his previous game against Anand.
8...Bb6 9.Bd2 Bg4 10.Rc1 Nxc3 11.Bxc3 Re8 12.b4 Qd6 13.Nd2 Qh6 14.Nc4 Qh5 15.Rc2 Rad8 16.Nxb6 cxb6 17.f3 Be6 18.Qd2 b5 19.f4 Bg4 20.Bxc6 bxc6 21.fxe5 f6 22.exf6 Rxe2 23.f7+ Kf8 24.Bxg7+ Kxg7 25.Qc3+ Re5 26.Qd4 Qg5 27.Rc5 Rxd4 28.f8Q+ Kg6 29.Qf7+ 1–0 Anand V (2783)-Caruana,F (2807)/5th Sinquefield Cup 2017
9.Ng5 Nf6 10.Qb3 Qe7 11.Nd5 Nxd5 12.Bxd5 Nd8 13.Qc4 Bd4 14.Bg2 h6 15.Nf3 Nc6 16.Be3 Bxe3 17.fxe3 e4 18.dxe4 a5 19.a3 Ra6 20.Rac1 Rb6 21.Rc2 Be6 22.Qc3 Rb3 23.Qd2 Rd8 24.Qc1 a4 25.Rc5 Rd7 26.h3 Qd8 27.g4 g6 28.Kh1 Kg7 29.e5 Bd5 30.Kg1 Be6 31.Kf2 Qe7 32.Kg1 Rd5 33.Rc4 Ra5 34.Rc2 Bd5 35.Nd4 Nxd4 36.exd4 Rg3 37.Rf3 Bxf3 38.exf3 c6 39.Kh2 Rxg2+ 40.Kxg2 Rd5 41.Rc4 c5 42.Rxc5 Rxd4 43.Qc3 Qd8 44.Rc8 Qb6 45.Re8 g5 46.Re7 Kg8 47.e6 fxe6 48.Qc2 Kf8 49.Rh7 Qc6 50.Qxc6 bxc6 51.Rxh6 Kf7 52.Kg3 Rd2 53.Rh7+ Kf6 54.Rb7 Ke5 55.h4 gxh4+ 56.Kxh4 Kf4 57.Rf7+ Ke3 58.Kg3 Rd1 59.g5 Rg1+ 60.Kh4 Rg2 61.Rf6 e5 62.g6 Rxb2 63.Kg5 Rg2+ 64.Kh6 Rh2+ 65.Kg7 c5 66.Kf7 c4 67.g7 Rh7 68.Ra6 1–0 Caruana,F (2799)-Adams,M (2715)/9th London Classic 2017
9...Nxc3 10.Bxc3 Nd4!
White was threatening to capture on e5 and then to play d4, so Black is stopping this threat once and forever.
Again Fabiano played very quickly the best move. He neutralized any tactical tricks on e5.
11...Bf8 12.Nxe5! Rxe5 13.e3; 11...Bb6 12.a4 a5 13.b5 The position is doubled edge here because Black have good activity but the c7 pawn is weak.
White cannot win material as you can see in the sun variation; thanks to discovering attack against the d4-bishop. 12.Nxd4 exd4 13.Bxd4 Bxg3
12...Nxf3+ 13.Bxf3 a6 14.a4 c6
This is the most critical moment of the game. The main choice is to play b5 or not. Carlsen didn't go for it for some reasons. Probably he didn't like to force the matters, this is his strategy in general. The other possible explanation could be that he was afraid of Caruana's preparations; it could be possible that Fabiano had prepared a line which Black will be OK.
15.b5! This was the most challenging continuations. The idea is to use the minority attack in order to create some weaknesses. At the same time, he can activate his light-squared Bishop. 15...cxb5!?
(15...axb5 16.axb5 Bd7 17.bxc6 Bxc6 18.Bxc6 bxc6 19.Qc2)
16.axb5 a5 17.Ra1 Bc7 18.Ra4
Now Black manage to prevent the b5 break and the game is about equal.
16.e3 Qf6 17.Be4 Bf5 18.Qf3 Bxe4 19.Qxf6 gxf6 20.dxe4
Black's kingside structure is damaged but there is no obvious way to take advantage of it. Carlsen has what he wants, a pleasant position without any fear to lose it. He can try to squeeze his opponent for many moves, as he did in the game, but without any real success.
20...b5 21.Red1 Bf8 22.axb5 axb5 23.Kg2 Red8 24.Rdc1 Kg7 25.Be1 Rdc8 26.Rc2 Ra4=
White must protect the b4 pawn, so he cannot make any real progress. When both sides have a real weakness, on c6 and b4, the game is about equal.
27.Kf3 h5 28.Ke2 Kg6 29.h3 f5! 30.exf5+ Kxf5 31.f3 Be7
The position is fairly dead and the players bring proceedings to a swift conclusion.
32.e4+ Ke6 33.Bd2 Bd6 34.Rbc1 Kd7 35.Rb1 ½–½
So I’d like to ask, how do you hide your preparation from your opponents? You may like to leave a comment with your ideas.
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