World Chess Championship 2018: Fabiano Caruana vs Magnus Carlsen – Game 8

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[Event “World Chess Championship 2018”]
[White “Caruana, Fabiano”]
[Black “Carlsen, Magnus”]
[Site “London”]
[Round “8”]
[Result “*”]
[Date “2018.11.18”]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e5 6. Ndb5 d6 7. Nd5 Nxd5 8. exd5 Nb8 9. a4 Be7 10. Be2 O-O 11. O-O Nd7 12. Bd2 {This is a new move.} f5 13. a5 a6 14. Na3 e4 {Carlsen spent 24 minutes on this move. It shows that once again Caruana had a very in-depth preparation.} 15. Nc4 Ne5 16. Nb6 Rb8 17. f4 exf3 18. Bxf3

{Magnus Carlsen is under tremendous pressure, given Caruana’s preparation. He’s 30 minutes behind on the clock.}

g5 {Carlsen is going all in with an aggressive but risky move.} 19. c4 f4 20. Bc3 Bf5 21. c5

{Caruana spent 30 minutes in this! Carlsen is in big trouble as Caruana has a tremendous positional advantage.}

Nxf3+ 22. Qxf3 dxc5 23. Rad1 Bd6 24. h3

{[#] Big mistake! The position is equal once again.}

Qe8 25. Nc4 Qg6 26. Nxd6 Qxd6 27. h4 gxh4 28. Qxf4 Qxf4 29. Rxf4 h5 30. Re1 Bg4 31. Rf6 Rxf6 32. Bxf6 {The game is heading for yet another draw now.}

Kf7 33. Bxh4 Re8 34. Rf1+ Kg8 35. Rf6 Re2 36. Rg6+ Kf8 37. d6 Rd2 38. Rg5

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1/2-1/2

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This was a tough game. He was the one who had all the chances. So I am happy to have survived it for sure.” – Magnus Carlsen.

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