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.