World Chess Championship 2018: Magnus Carlsen vs Fabiano Caruana – Game 11

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[Event “World Chess Championship 2018”]
[White “Carlsen, Magnus”]
[Black “Caruana, Fabiano”]
[Site “London”]
[Round “11”]
[Result “1/2-1/2”]
[Date “2018.11.24”]

1.e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nxe5 d6 4. Nf3 Nxe4 5. Nc3 Nxc3 6. dxc3 {Petroff’s Defense, again.} Be7 7. Be3 O-O 8. Qd2 Nd7 9. O-O-O Nf6 10. Bd3 {Carlsen is mounting a kingside attack.} c5 11. Rhe1 Be6 12. Kb1 Qa5 13. c4 Qxd2 14. Bxd2 {With Queens gone, are we heading for another draw?} h6 15. Nh4 Rfe8 16. Ng6

{Carlsen seems to prefer a long, slow game.}

Ng4 17. Nxe7+ Rxe7 18. Re2 Ne5 19. Bf4 Nxd3 20. Rxd3 Rd7 21. Rxd6 Rxd6 22. Bxd6 Rd8 23. Rd2 Bxc4 24. Kc1 b6 25. Bf4 Rxd2 26. Kxd2 a6 27. a3 Kf8 28. Bc7 b5 29. Bd6+ Ke8 30. Bxc5 h5 31. Ke3 Kd7 32. Kd4 g6 33. g3 Be2 34. Bf8 Kc6 35. b3 Bd1 36. Kd3 Bg4 37. c4 Be6 38. Kd4 bxc4 39. bxc4 Bg4 40. c5 Be6 41. Bh6 Bd5 42. Be3 Be6 43. Ke5 Bd5 44. Kf4 Be6 45. Kg5 Bd5 46. g4 hxg4 47. Kxg4 Ba2 48. Kg5 Bb3 49. Kf6 Ba2 50. h4 Bb3 51. f4 Ba2 52. Ke7 Bb3 53. Kf6 Ba2 54. f5 Bb1 55. Bf2 Bc2

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1/2-1/2
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The shortest round of this Championship ends with another draw.

There’s a lot riding on the last game. It will be tense for both of us.” – Fabiano Caruana.

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One Response

  1. Chris Torres
    Chris Torres at

    Unconventional strategies exploiting loopholes tend to be shocking. Magnus seems satisfied to make use of every advantage FIDE’s current format gives him (Meaning his rating advantage is much more pronounced the faster the time controls.) https://chessmusings.wordpress.com/2018/11/27/the-magnus-carlsen-doctrine/