World Chess Championship 2018: Magnus Carlsen vs Fabiano Caruana – Game 4


Caruana is playing quickly so far:

[Event “World Chess Championship 2018”]
[White “Carlsen, Magnus”]
[Black “Caruana, Fabiano”]
[Site “London”]
[Round “4”]
[Result “*”]
[Date “2018.11.13”]

{Magnus played this against Anand in Game 5 of the 2013 Championship. He won then but this time it’s a different story.}

e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.g3 d5 5.cxd5 Nxd5 6.Bg2 Bc5

(6… Nb6 7. O-O Be7 8. a3 {is the common mainline, leading to a position with many strategical opportunities for both sides.})

7.O-O O-O 8.d3 Re8

{So far, the game is following Caruana vs. Adams.}

9.Bd2 Nxc3 10.Bxc3 Nd4 11.b4
{That’s new! But Fabiano didn’t flinch and replies quickly.}

Bd6 12.Rb1 Nxf3+ 13.Bxf3 a6 14.a4 c6 15.Re1 Bd7 16.e3 Qf6 17.Be4 {Magnus is stabilizing his position.} Bf5 18.Qf3 Bxe4 19.Qxf6 gxf6 20.dxe4 b5 21.Red1 Bf8

{[#] Caruano took 11 minutes to come up with this move. Computers evaluate the position as perfectly even. }

22.axb5 axb5 23.Kg2 Red8 24.Rdc1 Kg7 25.Be1 Rdc8 26.Rc2 Ra4 27.Kf3 h5 28.Ke2 Kg6 29.h3 f5 30.exf5+ Kxf5 31.f3 Be7 32.e4+ Ke6 33.Bd2 Bd6 34.Rbc1 1/2-1/2 {[#]}

After the game, Magnus Carlsen declared that “He seems to have out-prepared me with the black pieces so far so I’ll have to try harder.

Some controversy sparked just before the game, as a clip showing Fabiano’s daily activities was briefly uploaded to YouTube. The clip contained a few shots of a laptop screen showing openings research. The clip was taken down and it’s unclear if Carlsen’s team extracted any insight from it.

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.