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🏆 Carlsen - Caruana World Championship Match (2018) Chess Event Description
The upcoming World Chess Championship 2018 between reigning world champion since 2013, ... [more]

Player: Fabiano Caruana

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Caruana vs Carlsen ½-½1152018Carlsen - Caruana World Championship MatchB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
2. Carlsen vs Caruana ½-½492018Carlsen - Caruana World Championship MatchD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
3. Caruana vs Carlsen ½-½492018Carlsen - Caruana World Championship MatchB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
4. Carlsen vs Caruana ½-½02018Carlsen - Caruana World Championship MatchA00 Uncommon Opening
5. Carlsen vs Caruana 152018Carlsen - Caruana World Championship MatchA00 Uncommon Opening
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Nov-12-18  paavoh: Not very impressed by Caruana's opening play with White so far. Quite solid, good pawn structures, but I do not see a great urge to put any pressure. Safety first, I guess.
Nov-12-18  boz: According to Svidler and Grischuk, White was better out of the opening but Caruana did not seem able to do anything with his advantage.
Nov-12-18  savagerules: Fischer played 5 0-0 and soon got in d4 against Spassky in their second match in 1992 in two of the Rossolimo Sicilians they played. It seems more active than this quiet 5 d3 that Caruana seems to prefer. Maybe it's his version of the rope-a-dope strategy against Carlsen.
Nov-12-18  tonsillolith: <Richard Taylor> right on point. And the hypocrisy of the Christian leaders who welcomed him with open arms is utterly mindboggling, not to mention revolting.
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  AylerKupp: <<Richard Taylor> But what you have overlooked ...>

The quote "I disapprove with what you say but I will defend to the death your right to say it" has been variously attributed to Patrick Henry, Voltaire, and others, although it seems to be most widely credited to an English author named Evelyn Hall in 1906. But it's too bad that the author did not specify whose death they were referring to, the author of the quote or the person making the statement; it makes a difference. :-)

But what you might have overlooked is that it doesn't matter what your opinion is or even if it is a fact. There are other places, even on this site, where it is more appropriate to express it. It just does not properly belong on this page. And, at any rate, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Nov-12-18  Ilkka Salonen: Well, if it's all draws tnrough the whole 12 games, then people will at least maybe start to question of what has become of the capitalist society.
Nov-12-18  The Rocket: The players have found their groove. Shaping out to be an exciting and uncertain match.

Caruana has all the chances to take this one. He needs to mix it up with white at some point but other than that, flawless execution.

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  diceman: <tonsillolith: <Richard Taylor> right on point. And the hypocrisy of the Christian leaders who welcomed him with open arms is utterly mindboggling, not to mention revolting.>

As long as you-all are doing politics,
Richard, goto you-tube and watch some
9/11 video. It should put a smile on your face.

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  diceman: <AylerKupp: <devere>

Given Carlsen's superiority at the faster time controls>

FIDE says blitz is fair, what's the problem?

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<Theses two probably on the exact same rating now. (yes?)>

No, the gap is still 3 points. With a gap of 4 points or less, expected score is 50/50, so no change (from NRK).

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  Joshka: Great another draw!!!!
Nov-12-18  boz: For a good review of game 3, check out Alex Yermolinsky:

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  Sally Simpson: ***

Caruana knows I'm on my way down for game 5 and is setting Carlsen up for 6.b4!

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This is a great OTB gambit and this D.B. appears to have none of the glorious thumps it has produced.

Black has to take the pawn (6...cxb5 or 6...Nxb5) and Fabiano will be able to rattle off a dozen or so moves whilst Carlsen has to tread carefully because he has met this line only once before against some imaginative play and fought for a draw.

Stellwagen vs Carlsen, 2005

Caruana and his chums will have an improvement up their threadbare sleeves.


Caruana's Style.

After printing out a few games and playing over them I have decided he is a highly polished John Nunn. One was Caruana vs Korchnoi, 2008

Pity Caruana did not wrapped this up with 24.Bxf7

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answering 24...gxf4 with 25.Qe6 and the threatened Queen sac on e8 decides. (Nunn would have played 24.Bxf7)


Nov-12-18  BOSTER: First 3 games is only the introduction to real buttle. What is clear that Carlsen feel more comfortable in drawish flaw.
Nov-12-18  nok: Take away message from Yermolinsky:



Nov-12-18  botvinnik64: Nok:
Thanks for the link to Yermolinsky - The "Yermonator." The guy is great. He played Board 1 in one Olympiad for USA and beat Kasparov, I think,
Nov-12-18  botvinnik64: goops, my bad: Yermolinsky played - and lost to - Kasparov in the 1996 Olympiad. Kaspy holds a 3-2 Classical edge with 1 draw, but the two wins for Yermolinsky where when Kasparov was really young.
Nov-12-18  jphamlore: To show the progress in opening theory for White over the past 150 years, consider the following two games from the opposite ends of this time period:

Anderssen vs Steinitz, 1866

Caruana vs Carlsen, 2018

Anderssen as White in 1866 faced the following position at move 11:

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Caruana as White in 2018 faced the following position at move 10:

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One can see the obvious progress in 150 years, with Anderssen handing Steinitz a position in which to launch a typical Kings Indian kingside attack for Black.

Emanuel Lasker in his *Lasker's Manual of Chess* condemned Anderssen's 11. Rb1 as the start of an ill-advised attack, recommending a retreat of the knight to h2, Nh2.

But computer programs such as Stockfish 9 these days are kinder to Anderssen's plan, although they recommend bolstering b4 by a3 first. Could Caruana benefit from later games in trying a3 followed by b4?

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  Sokrates: <diceman: <AylerKupp: <devere> Given Carlsen's superiority at the faster time controls> FIDE says blitz is fair, what's the problem?>

FIDE have "said" and done numerous idiotic things which have caused many "problems" in the chess world. But ... you may be sarcastic here?

Anyway, I can only repeat that both rapids and blitzes are much lesser ways of deciding a championship than more classical games.


As for Caruana's strategy in the match, I fail to see the logic in your analysis, <Sally S>. If Carlsen is aware of it and doesn't take the bait (i.e. plays patiently and doesn't take any chances), Caruana will be in a bad situation after twelve draws.

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  CCastillo: Hi, do any top chess players smoke weed?
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  HeMateMe: that Dutch guy did, the great player from the 70s and 80s.
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  Troller: Jan Timman, yeah. On the hearsay level Sune Berg Hansen reported from an Olympiad some 10 years ago that the Argentinian team were apparently well supplied.
Nov-13-18  Cardinal Fang: From Fox & James' "Complete Chess Addict" :- "Canadian IM Lawrence Day played the 1972 Toronto Championship while stoned on grass. 'Really it was a disaster, result-wise,' he says."
Nov-13-18  Clemens Scheitz: I like your enthusiasm <Richard Taylor>,I'm just wondering if your comment is going to be erased by the administration. They banned mine which was much more respectful than yours (and didn't include the imaginary jerk). here it goes again, let's see what happens: ..."it's sad, annoying and embarrassing when we have to witness anyone trying to defend the indefensible, in this case an idiot, a liar and a crook ". Good day Richard
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  AylerKupp: <frogbert> Sorry, brain fart again. Somehow my brain processed that you said that Nakamura had 2 wins against Carlsen. I'll try to find Carlsen's 13th win and add it to my database.
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