Carlsen switches from 1. d4 in Game 2 to 1. c4. He achieves a pleasant position but no significant advantaged and the game ends in a draw.
White again failed to achieve much from the opening – Magnus confidently neutralised any initiative that Fabiano had and comfortably held the resulting endgame.
I believe all World Championship matches must have a Queens Gambit Declined to be considered “official”.
Caruana surprises Carlsen with 10 … Rd8 and gets a small edge with black.
Game 1! Carlsen improved on an earlier game between the players and had excellent winning chances. However, Caruana defendend in gritty fashion and held on for a draw. I’ll be focusing on the opening in this series of articles.
In this post we’ll be looking at the line Magnus Carlsen used to defeat Radek Wojtaszek in the 2018 Shamkir supertournament. This is a new line and it gained popularity after this game, being played by other elite players such as Nakamura, Li Chao and Fedoseev.
In the next game we’ll look at Nakamura’s attempt against Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. MVL tried a different approach with the move 5. … g6.
In this post we’ll be looking at an attempt to beat the QGD mainline after 6. … Bf5
Botvinnik’s 7. g4 has stood the test of time and is the main reason that 6. … Bf5 is not a common guest at the top level nowadays. White gets a space advantage and often a powerful attack.