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Caruana – Carlsen 2018 game 1 LIVE!

Sao Paulo Carlsen - Caruana

Carlsen – Caruana

Carlsen and Caruana start their World Chess Championship 2018 adventure today at 15:00 local time. As it has been tradition for 12 years already, the World Chess Championship match Carlsen – Caruana will be live on Chessdom.com with the best analysis in the world. To power the insights of the game Chessdom brings onboard a 128 cores Super Computer equipped with the current TCEC champion Stockfish and a neural network based on Alpha Zero- Lc0 – on Google Tesla V100 infrastructure. You read correctly, this is the strongest EVER analysis provided for a chess game.

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Carlsen – Caruana 2018, game 1

Update 16:03 CET

The game starts as Sicilian Rossolimo

Update 16:11 CET

Carlsen diverges from a previous game and goes 7… Nd7, putting the game into a long positional struggle. The new move puts Caruana in deep thought

Update 16:20 CET

A move too early Fabiano goes for short castle. Better would have been Lc0′s suggestion 9. Qd2 h6 10. O-O b6 11. Nh2 Nf8 12. f4 exf4 13. Bxf4 Ne6 14. Be3 Nd4 15. Rae1 Be6 16. Nd1 Nb5 17. c3 Qd7 18. Nf2 O-O-O 19. Nf3 g5 20. a4 Nd6 21. a5 f5 22. axb6 axb6 23. exf5 Nxf5.

Another option was SF[128] suggestion 9. Qc1 Qe7 10. Bh6 Bf8 11. a4 a5 12. Qe3 Bxh6 13. Qxh6 f6 14. Nd2 Nb6 15. O-O Be6 16. f4 exf4 17. Qxf4 Rf8 18. Rae1 O-O-O 19. b3 g5 20. Qf2 h5 21. Nd1 Kb8 22. Ne3 Qc7 23. Nf5 Nd7 24. Ng7 Bf7 25. Qe2 g4 26. hxg4 hxg4 27. Qxg4 , but that continuation is less human approach, than the suggested by Lc0.

Update 17:00 CET

After Carlsen’s 10th move, both Lc0 and SF[128] reached agreement in their PVs suggesting 11. f4 exf4 12. Rxf4. The players were also fast to agree this is the best continuation and blasted the moves on the board. Now the Neural Network fluctuates between …Be6 and …g5 with scores around +0.5. Stockfish on 128 cores has a different idea, …h6 with +0.1

Update 17:30 CET

Again agreement by the two engines at move 14 that a4 is needed. But then it gets wild, check out the proposed PVs below. Anything that is not 14. a4 will either equalize the game or turn it in black’s advantage

Update 17:35 CET

There we go, Caruana goes for 14. Qd2 and Stockfish announces 0.00 with prospects for black in most lines. Lc0, which is usually also optimistic at this stage is gravitating around the zero score.

Update 18:00 CET

Getting low on time compared to Carlsen, Caruana takes the risk with 16.Ng4. Nothing good can come out of this position, he will be defending for the rest of the game

Update 18:30 CET

19. g4 was the best move for Caruana and he found it. Yet, the eval of SF[128] is -0.84, white is still fighting for the draw

Update 18:45 CET

Now Nf8 was really unnecessary move by Carlsen, there were many better proactive decisions. Is the World Champion waiting for another blunder by Caruana?

Update 18:55 CET

Caruana immediately jumped on the opportunity and equalized the game after yet another inaccuracy by Carlsen

Update 19:35 CET

Dramatic moment in the game! Fabiano Caruana with a big blunder and if Carlsen finds 33. .. Qg5 the game may very well be over! For example 33. .. Qg5 34. Qf2 h5 35. Nh2 Qe5 36. Kd2 Rg3 37. Nf3 Qb2 38. Kd1 Qxa2 39. e5 Qb1+ 40. Kd2 Qb2 41. e6 Bd6 42. e7 Bxe7 43. Qe2 Qf6

Some interesting lines and variations

Lc0 [v100s]: Move 9 best continuation (principle variation)

9. Qd2 h6 10. O-O b6 11. Nh2 Nf8 12. f4 exf4 13. Bxf4 Ne6 14. Be3 Nd4 15. Rae1 Be6 16. Nd1 Nb5 17. c3 Qd7 18. Nf2 O-O-O 19. Nf3 g5 20. a4 Nd6 21. a5 f5 22. axb6 axb6 23. exf5 Nxf5

Lc0 [v100s]: Move 10 best continuation (principle variation)

10. Qd2 h6 11. Nh2 Nf8 12. f4 exf4 13. Bxf4 Ne6 14. Be3 Nd4 15. Rae1 Be6 16. Nd1 Nb5 17. c3 Qd7 18. Nf2 O-O-O 19. Nf3 g5 20. a4 Nd6 21. a5 f5 22. axb6 axb6 23. exf5 Nxf5 24. Ng4

SF[128]: Move 10 best continuation (principle variation)

10. Qd2 Nf8 11. Ne2 Ne6 12. Bh6 Bxh6 13. Qxh6 f6 14. Rae1 Bd7 15. Nd2 g5 16. h4 Rg8 17. hxg5 Rxg5 18. Nf3 Rg6 19. Qh2 Rg5 20. Nf4 exf4 21. Qxf4

Lc0 [v100s]: Move 10 (black) best continuation (principle variation)

10. .. Nf6 11. Qd2 Nh5 12. Ne2 O-O 13. Bh6 a5 14. Bxg7 Nxg7 15. f4 exf4 16. Qxf4 f5 17. Qh6 fxe4 18. Rxf8+ Qxf8 19. dxe4 Ba6 20. Ng3 Ne6 21. Qe3 Qf4

SF[128]: Move 10 (black) best continuation (principle variation)

10. .. Nf8 11. f4 exf4 12. Rxf4 Ne6 13. Rf2 Nd4 14. Qd2 Be6 15. Raf1 O-O 16. Nf3 f6 17. b3 a5 18. Ne2 Nxf3+ 19. Rxf3 Qe7 20. Bh6

Lc0 [v100s]: Move 11 best continuation (principle variation)

11. f4 exf4 12. Rxf4 g5 13. Rf1 Ng6 14. a4 h6 15. a5 Rb8 16. Qh5 O-O 17. axb6 axb6 18. Ra7 c4 19. dxc4 Be6 20. Ng4 Bxg4 21. Qxg4 Ra8

SF[128]: Move 11 best continuation (principle variation)

11. f4 exf4 12. Rxf4 g5 13. Rf2 h6 14. Qh5 Be6 15. a4 a5 16. Ng4 Qe7 17. Ne2 O-O-O 18. Ng3 Nd7 19. Raf1 Qd6 20. Nf5

Lc0 [v100s]: Move 14 best continuation (principle variation)

14. a4 Nd7 15. Nf3 O-O 16. Bf4 g5 17. Bg3 f5 18. exf5 Bxf5 19. Qd2 Qf6 20. Raf1 Qg6 21. d4 Rae8 22. d5 Bxc3 23. bxc3 Nf6 24. Ne5 Rxe5

SF[128]: Move 14 best continuation (principle variation)

14. a4 Nd7 15. Nf3 Qc7 16. Qd2 g5 17. d4 Rd8 18. Qe2 cxd4 19. Bxd4 O-O 20. Bxg7 Kxg7 21. e5 g4 22. hxg4 Bxg4 23. Qe3 Bxf3

Lc0 [v100s]: Move 14 (black) best continuation (principle variation)

14. .. g5 15. a4 Ng6 16. Raf1 O-O 17. Ne2 Qd6 18. b3 Rad8 19. Qe1 Ne5 20. Nf3 f5 21. exf5 Rxf5 22. Nd2 Rxf2 23. Bxf2 Bd5 24. Ng3 Qg6

SF[128]: Move 14 (black) best continuation (principle variation)

14. .. g5 15. a4 Ng6 16. a5 O-O 17. Qe2 Qe7 18. Raf1 Qd7 19. Na4 Rab8 20. Qh5 Ne5 21. Nf3 Nxf3+ 22. Rxf3 f5 23. exf5 Bxf5 24. axb6

Lc0 [v100s]: Move 18 best continuation (principle variation)

18. Nh5 Be5 19. g4 f6 20. b3 Bf7 21. Nd1 Bxh5 22. gxh5 Nf8 23. Qe2 Ne6 24. Qg4 Qd7 25. Kh1 Kb7 26. Rf3 Qe8 27. Bg1 Ng7 28. Bh2

SF[128]: Move 18 best continuation (principle variation)

18. e5 Qxe5

Lc0 [v100s]: Move 19 (black) best continuation (principle variation)

19. .. f6 20. b3 Bf7 21. Nd1 Bxh5 22. gxh5 Nf8 23. Qe2 Ne6 24. Qg4 Qd7 25. Kh1 Kb7 26. Rf3 Qe8 27. Bg1 Ng7 28. Bh2 Bxh2 29. Kxh2 Rf8 30. Kh1 Nxh5 31. Ne3 Nf4 32. Qg3 Rd7 33. a4 Rdf7 34. Nf5 Rd7 35. Qh2 b5 36. Ne3 a6 37. Ng2 Ne6 38. Rxf6 Rdf7 39. Rxf7+

SF[128]: Move 19 (black) best continuation (principle variation)

19. .. f6 20. b3 Bf7 21. Nb1 Bxh5 22. gxh5 Nf8 23. Qd1 Ne6 24. Nd2 Qe7 25. Qg4 Kb7 26. Kh1 Rhg8 27. a4 Nf4 28. Rf3 Bc7

Lc0 [v100s]: Move 36 (black) best continuation (principle variation)

36. .. Qg7 37. Nd2 Kb7 38. a4 h4 39. Qg4 Qh8 40. Qf5 Qc3 41. e5 Qxc2 42. Rxf4 Rg1 43. Rf1 Rxf1 44. Qxf1 Bxe5 45. Qf7+ Ka6

SF[128]: Move 36 (black) best continuation (principle variation)

36. .. Kb7 37. Qxh5 Qg7 38. Qg4 Qh8 39. Qf5 Qc3 40. e5 Qxc2+ 41. Kf3 Qd1+ 42. Kxf4 Re8 43. Ne3 Qc1 44. Rc2 Qb1

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