Carlsen-Caruana 12: Magnus bets on all tiebreaks


Magnus Carlsen entered the final game of the
2018 World Chess Championship determined to force the tiebreaks against Fabiano
Caruana on Wednesday, and he got what he wanted, but at what cost? Your drawing
offer in the 31st move, in a better position with more time, shocked the world of chess.
Anish Giri remarked: "When your life is on the line, suddenly it is not Magnus
more, "which was repeated by Garry Kasparov:" Tiebreaks require tremendous
nerves and he seems to be losing his. "Will you forgive her?

Whatever happens now Magnus Carlsen will emerge from the
World Championship game like the world does not. 1, and in fast chess and blitz in
Wednesday he should still be the clear favorite against Fabiano Caruana.
However, even if all goes well, the 12th game of the match in London
it may take a while to live. Peter Svidler takes us through a game that could
will only be explained in terms of the starting situation:

Magnus had famously played a quick draw with white
plays against Sergey Karjakin in New York to take this game to tiebreaks, and
there was no reason to think that he would have a problem with a similar result with
the black parts of London. He almost got what he wanted.

The game began with the Sicilian Sveshnikov, but in contrast
for the previous two games in the game Magnus went to the second most popular
to move 8 … Ne7 instead of 8 … Nb8. By movement
11 there was already a silent purchase offer at the table, but Caruana went to 12h, as Vladimir
Kramnik had against the Serbian Milos Roganovic
in the recent Batumi Olympics.
Vlad won that game, but later he told Anish Giri that the opening of his opponent
The game had been good. This is where things have gone astray, like Magnus
replied not 12 … 6 more 12 … h5:

This made Fabiano think in 9 minutes, winning the almost daily description of Alexander Grischuk during the match of "completely
miserable preparation by White. "The move had been played at a high
enough computer game to get into normal databases … by Codfish
against Houdini in season 11 of the Supercritical TCEC

We could never figure out if Magnus would have responded to the
Obvious 13.Bg5 with 13 from Stockfish … Qb8! ?, because Fabiano eventually went to 13.Qa4, and then 13 … Bd7 14.Qb4 Bf5 there was again a 3-fold draw for the

As Fabiano pondered whether he should accept a draw, down the clock after being surprised at the opening, Anish Giri, not averse to the occasional
draw yourself, felt it could be a mistake:

"Bottle" here means "courage" or "willingness to take risks"
in British colloquial English, and after 8 minutes Caruana found enough
go to 15.Be3!. Was the first
a series of daring decisions from the challenger, the most dramatic of which
came with 21.Rh2!

When Svidler commented later, "Fabi will not die
asking [what might have been] today, "Grischuk summarized things perfectly
with: "Yes, angry for your spirit. Your spirit is much better than its preparation

From now on it was an unstable ride for Fabiano, with the clock
is not his friend:

Although he could justify increasing the tower by bringing
the tower for c2, his knight ended up clumsily placed in f2 and in almost any
other circumstances, Svidler felt 25.f4 "
would have been a missed play against Magnus:

Grischuk spoke about this point: "It seems
Fabiano had Topalov's syndrome in this game – just avoiding normal movements to avoid
a drawing. "This refers to the final match of the 2010 World Cup
against Vishy Anand, when Veselin Topalov committed suicide with chess
white pieces instead of playing tiebreaks. This would be the first of many
amnesties in the game in London, however, as Magnus played quickly 25 … a5 26.Qd2 e4 instead of going to
the b5-break or 25 … exf4!

Why had Magnus not gone? As he later said:

The answer is very simple – this was not my goal! Once
again, my approach was not to unbalance the position at that point. I had one
very light path with a5 and e4 which gave me a completely safe position that I
could perhaps play for a win. It seemed absurd to go to anything else.

Magnus did not bother with the computer ratings:

Our feedback team had learned about the world champion
approach during the game:

Another chance to win the match in style came in
move 29:

Magnus played 29 … to 4but 29 … Ba4! was shown by Fabiano after the game. 30.b3?
would lose to 30 … Bxb3 !, while 30.Rcc1 would be hit by 29 … b5! As Svidler pointed out
outside, it was not one of those extremely difficult computer lines that anyone
could be guilty of lack, but something you'll probably find if you
consider 29 … Ba4 in everything. As Magnus put it at the press conference, "I
was not in the right mindset to go for it. " Prior to the press conference he also
gave a brief interview:

The irony, in a way, was that, while not pressing
Magnus still had an extremely promising position as well as more than
20-minute clock advantage. Vladimir Kramnik was giving this as 50:50
if Caruana would survive … when all of a sudden, it's all over!

Fabiano Caruana later described himself as "a little surprised
by the draw, "and even stopped to think about it. Psychologically
this was a demonstration of strength, but as Grischuk noted, it was the type of supply
you might be tempted to accept if you were missing out on a starting point and
still meant defeat, but it would save some evaluation points! Whereas in this case …

The shock reverberated around the world of chess, with ex
World Champions not exempt:

Norwegian and American fans were equally stunned:

And other great players were shocked or disappointed:

Carlsen's words later did nothing to lessen what it was
perceived almost as a crime against chess and all that the champion represented:

I do not know, but to be honest I was just trying to make it natural
movements. Everyone could see that I was not necessarily going to the max. I
I just wanted a position that was completely safe and where I could put some
pressure, but I want to say – if a tie had not been a satisfactory result, obviously I would
would have approached differently.

Maybe just like Anish Giri held a mug came to both

We strongly recommend that you check out how our
commentators Giri, Svidler and Grischuk reacted to the lottery news, only
when they were reflecting that they had never heard the words "I offer a tie"
comes out of Magnus' mouth (and Grischuk was in the middle of an anecdote about the German / Norwegian coast guard and "I'm sinking / thinking" …). The video should start to begin at that moment as they go
to have a fascinating discussion of over 30 minutes on the game
result, tiebreaks and the general ramifications for chess. Anything need to change?

Just like a teaser, you would not miss Alexander
Grischuk's alternative tiebreak system!

So where does all this leave us? Well, Magnus is where he
wanted to be before the game started, entering tiebreaks after a historic sequence of all the classic games of a World Championship match ending in draws:

The format on Wednesday, from the usual time, will be
as follows – if there is a winner in any of these mini-matches, he takes the title
no more games played:

  • 4 quick games: 25 minutes for each player's move, plus an increment of 10 seconds per move
  • 2 games blitz: 5 minutes plus an increase of 3 seconds
  • 2 games blitz: 5 + 3
  • 2 games blitz: 5 + 3
  • 2 games blitz: 5 + 3
  • 2 games blitz: 5 + 3
  • 1 game ArmageddonWhite has 5 minutes for the Black & # 39; s 4, but
    a draw makes the Black World Champion

It may be a very long day, but what can we expect? Well before
the game Hikaru Nakamura was convincing of the chances of Fabiano Caruana, but
he is clearly impressed by what he saw:

On the other hand, one of the reasons why Nakamura had so little
faith in Caruana winning was that he felt tiebreaks would mean almost right
victory for Magnus. The world champion is the fast world and no blitz. 1 and
generally considered even better in these forms of chess than in classical chess – as an intuitive player, his level of play seems to drop less than that of other players when he accelerates. He too
is specialized in tiebreaks when the bonds are on the line:

And of course, unlike Fabiano, he was there and did
at that:

Still, there is little doubt that Fabiano has worked hard
to perfect your chess skills in the run-up to the game, and if you
combine this with a bit of luck with the preparation, and some nerves of the
champion, anything can still happen.

That's all to wait on Wednesday, but first still
Another day of rest game we have more Banter Blitz, with Sopiko
by noon
Followed by Svidler
at 13:30 CET
. Do not miss it!

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