World Chess Championship 2018: Magnus Carlsen vs Fabiano Caruana – Game 7

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[Event “World Chess Championship 2018”]
[White “Carlsen, Magnus”]
[Black “Caruana, Fabiano”]
[Site “London”]
[Round “7”]
[Result “*”]
[Date “2018.11.18”]

1.d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 d5 3. c4 e6 4. Nc3 Be7 5. Bf4 O-O 6. e3 c5 7. dxc5 Bxc5 8. Qc2 Nc6 9. a3 Qa5

{[#] The first moves are identical to Game 2.}

10. Nd2 Qd8 11. Nb3 Bb6 12. Be2

{Carlsen came out on top after the opening. Cauana’s bishop is undeveloped.}

Qe7 13. Bg5 dxc4 {Caruana spent 30 minutes on this move!} 14. Nd2 Ne5 {Caruana is trying to open his position.} 15. O-O Bd7 16. Bf4 Ng6 17. Bg3 Bc6 18. Nxc4 Bc7 19. Rfd1 Rfd8

{[#] Both sides are well-developed now, showing a symmetrical pawn structure.}

20. Rxd8+ Rxd8 21. Rd1 Rxd1+ 22. Qxd1 Nd5 23. Qd4 Nxc3 24. Qxc3 Bxg3 25. hxg3 {The palyers are trading pieces to simplify their positions.} Qd7 26. Bd3 b6 27. f3 Bb7 28. Bxg6 hxg6 29. e4 Qc7

{… and it looks like the game is heading for yet another draw.}

30. e5 Qc5+ 31. Kh2 Ba6 32. Nd6 Qxc3 33. bxc3 f6 34. f4 Kf8 35. Kg1 Ke7 36. Kf2 Kd7 37. Ke3 Bf1 38. Kf2 Ba6 39. Ke3 Bf1 40. Kf2

{[#]}

1/2-1/2

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After the last game it kind of felt like I got away with murder. In that sense it’s easier to be calm about a draw today. I’m not loving it, but I’m not in any sort of panic mode either. Could have been worse. The match is still equal and with black, it’s been going OK. I’m not at all thrilled about my play today.” – Magnus Carlsen

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