World Chess Championship 2018: Fabiano Caruana vs Magnus Carlsen – Game 12

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[Event “World Chess Championship 2018”]
[White “Caruana, Fabiano”]
[Black “Carlsen, Magnus”]
[Site “London”]
[Round “12”]
[Result “*”]
[Date “2018.11.26”]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e5 6. Ndb5 d6 7. Nd5 Nxd5 8. exd5 Ne7 {Occurred in Yudasin vs. Kramnik, 1994} 9. c4 Ng6 10. Qa4 Bd7 11. Qb4 Bf5 12. h4 h5 13. Qa4 Bd7 14. Qb4 Bf5 {[#] Does Carlsen want to draw by repetition??} 15. Be3 {Caruana doesn’t.} a6 16. Nc3 {Caruana spends a lot of time on his moves.} Qc7 17. g3 Be7 {Carlsen is playing fast.} 18. f3 Nf8 {Carlsen probably wants to defend the c5 square by moving the knight later to d7.} 19. Ne4 Nd7 20. Bd3 O-O 21. Rh2 {Some chess analysts love this move, although the computer – not so much.} Rac8

{[#] Computers seem to think Carlsen has the advantage now.}

22. O-O-O Bg6 23. Rc2 f5 24. Nf2 Nc5 25. f4 {A mistake? Caruana’s king is vulnerable and his position can collapse.} a5 26. Qd2 e4 27. Be2 Be8 28. Kb1 Bf6 {Pressure mounts on Caruana.} 29. Re1 a4 30. Qb4 g6 31. Rd1 Ra8

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Carlsen offers a draw from his superior position and Caruana accepts! This is quite disappointing. Susan Polgar said on Twitter that “Carlsen’s legacy has suffered a great deal. I cannot say 100% but most GMs would never offer a draw with Black, which has very little risk. This is simply shocking! All 12 games are drawn!”

The winner will be decided on Wednesday, November 28. They will play a series of 4 rapid games, if still tied, 10 blitz games, and if still tied (let’s hope NOT!), they’ll play a sudden-death Armageddon.

Armand Niculescu

Armand Niculescu is a full-stack developer and creator of SparkChess. He has two BDs in engineering and marketing and a MSc in Management. He's been programming since the age of 12 and he also loves design, photography, and - obviously - chess.