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Caruana – Carlsen 2018 game 10 LIVE!

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Hello everyone and welcome to the live coverage of the 2018 World Chess Championship match between the reigning champion Magnus Carlsen (Norway) and the challenger Fabiano Caruana (USA). In this live blog + live games from WCC 2018 we will be covering the event Carlsen – Caruana with the latest news, developments, interviews, and in-game details.

The most important feature here will be the lines of analysis by Lc0 – the open Neural Network, and the TCEC champion Stockfish running on a Super Computer of 128 cores.

 

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Current move eval: Move 44: Lc0 +1.07 , SF[128] +0.18

Update 21:05 CET

Carlsen handled the endgame well and the 10th consecutive draw of this match is a fact. Two more games remain from the classical time control, in game 11 Carlsen will have white.

Update 20:51 CET

44… Kd4 is a strange risk by Carlsen, allowing 45. Rb5 . Some difficult lines ahead, with 45. …e3 probably the only move that leaves decent chances for draw, …Rd6 is possible and …Kc4 looks much more difficult to handle

Lc0 +1.07: 45. Rb5 Rd6 46. Ra4+ Ke5 47. Rab4 Ke6 48. c3 Rc6 49. Rd4 Rd6 50. Rdb4 Rc6 51. Rd4 Rd6 52. c4 dxc4 53. Rxe4+ Kf7 54. Rxc4 Rdxb6 55. Ra5 g5 56. Rc8 Kg7 57. Raa8 Rb1 58. Kxf3 Rg1 59. Rg8+ Kh7 60. Rh8+ Kg7 61. Rag8+ Kf7 62. Rb8 Rxb8 63. Rxb8 Re1 64. Rd8 Re6 65. Rd4 Rf6+ 66. Ke3 Ra6 67. Rd7+ Kg8 68. Ke4 Rf6 69. f3 Rf4+

SF128 +0.18: 45. Rb5 e3 46. Ra4+ Ke5 47. fxe3 Rbxb6 48. Rxb6 Rxb6 49. Kxf3 Rc6 50. Ra7 g5 51. hxg6 Rf6+ 52. Ke2 Rxg6 53. Ra4 Rg5 54. Rf4 h5 55. gxh5 Rxh5 56. Rd4 Rh2+ 57. Kd3 Rh3 58. Ra4 Rh2 59. Ra5 Kd6 60. Ra6+ Ke5 61. Rg6 Rh5 62. Rg4 Rh2 63. Rg5+ Kd6 64. Rg6+ Kd7 65. Ra6 Rh5 66. Kd4 Rh2 67. Ra7+ Kd6 68. Ra2 Rh4+ 69. Kc3 Rh2 70. Ra6+ Ke5 71. Ra8 Rg2 72. Re8+ Kd6 73. Rd8+ Kc5 74. Kd3 Rg3 75. Rd7 Rh3

Update 18:53 CET

Caruana does not believe in taking the pawn and goes g3

Lc0 -0.09: 24. .. Bf6 25. Bxb5 Bg4 26. Be2 f3 27. Bb5 Be5 28. Bd4 h5 29. Rg1 Bh3 30. a6 Qf6 31. Bxe5 Qxe5 32. Re3 h4 33. Bf1 Bxf1 34. Qxf1 hxg3 35. Rxg3 Qxd5 36. Qa1 Rf7 37. Qa4 Re7 38. Rg4 Rae8 39. h3 Qh5 40. Kh2 Qe5+ 41. Kh1 d5 42. Re1 e3 43. Rxe3 Qh5 44. Rg3

SF128 +0.00: 24. .. b4 25. gxf4 Qxf4 26. Rg3 Bh4 27. Rb3 Bf6 28. Rg1 Be5 29. Rg2 Bc3 30. Be3 Qf7 31. Bh6 Ra7 32. Rxg7+ Bxg7 33. Bxg7 Qxg7 34. Rg3 Bh3 35. Qd4 Kh8 36. Rxg7 Rxg7 37. a6 Re8 38. a7 Ra8 39. Qxb4 Raxa7 40. Qb8+ Rg8 41. Qxa7 Bg2+ 42. Kg1 Bh3+

Example line with …Kc4 : 45. .. Kc4 46. Raa5 Rd6 47. Rc5+ Kd4 48. c3+ Ke5 49. c4 Rbxb6 50. Rxd5+ Rxd5 51. Rxd5+ Ke6 52. Kf4 Rb2 53. Re5+ Kd6 54. Rxe4 Rxf2 55. Ke3 Rf1 56. Rf4 Rc1 57. Rd4+ Kc5 58. Rd7 Rc3+ 59. Kf2 Kxc4 60. Kg3 Ra3 61. Rxg7 Kd4 62. Rg6 f2+ 63. Kxf2 Ke5 64. Rxh6 Kf4 65. Rg6 Ra2+ 66. Ke1 Rh2 67. h6

Update 18:25 CET

Carlsen loses his advantage with one move, Qg5. Chances for Caruana!

Lc0 +1.09: 24. Bxb5 Rf6 25. Re1 Bf5 26. Ra4 f3 27. g3 Qg4 28. Re3 Rh6 29. Qg1 Bg5 30. a6 Qh5 31. Bf1 Bxe3 32. Bxe3 Qe8 33. Rb4 Rf6 34. Bb5 Qc8 35. Qb1 Rxa6 36. Bxa6 Qxa6 37. h4 h6 38. Kh2 Kh7 39. Rb7 Qc4 40. Qa1 Rg6 41. h5 Rg4 42. Re7 Bc8 43. Qf6 Qf1 44. Qxh6+ Kg8 45. Re8+ Kf7 46. Rf8+

SF 128 +1.26: 24. Bxb5 Bd8 25. Bxd8 Qxd8 26. Qd2 Qc7 27. Rfa1 Qc5 28. Rb3 Bb7 29. c4 Bc8 30. a6 Ra7 31. Kg1 h6 32. h3 Re7 33. Qb4 Qd4 34. Qc3 Qc5 35. Re1 Rff7 36. Qb4 Qb6 37. Qa3 e3 38. fxe3 f3 39. Rf1 fxg2

Update 17:10 CET

Now this is a surprise! Caruana plays 19. Ra3?! Definite blunder according to the neural network Lc0, which immediately goes to +0.14, dropping half a pawn eval. For SF128 the drop is bigger and it shows a full pawn less of evaluation -0.14! If Carlsen was still in prep on move 18, has he considered this move?

Lc0 line 1: 19. .. e4 20. Bd4 Qg6 21. Kh1 Bf6 22. Rc3 Kh8 23. Re1 Qh6 24. Bf1 Qg6 25. h3 h6 26. Rb3 Bxd4 27. Qxd4 e3 28. fxe3 Qg3 29. Rbb1 f3 30. Qg4 Qf2 31. gxf3 Ne5 32. Qg2 Qh4 33. Nxe5 dxe5 34. Red1 Rf5 35. d6 Bd7 36. Rxb7 Rg5 37. Qh2

Lc0 line 2: 19. .. Qg6 20. Re1 Nf6 21. Bc7 e4 22. Nb6 Ra6 23. Nxc8 Rxc8 24. Bb6 f3 25. Bf1 Bd8 26. Bxd8 Rxd8 27. Qb1 Rd7 28. c4 Ra8 29. h3 Re7 30. Qb4 Rd7 31. Qb1 Re7 32. Qb6 Rd7 33. Kh1 fxg2+ 34. Bxg2 Rf8 35. Rae3 Qh6 36. Kg1 Qf4 37. Bxe4 Nxe4 38. Rxe4 Qg5+ 39. Rg4 Qd2 40. Qe3

SF128: 19. .. Qg6 20. Rb3 Nf6 21. f3 Bh3 22. Rf2 Bf5 23. Bd3 Rf7 24. Bxf5 Qxf5 25. Re2 Rc8 26. Qd3 Qxd3 27. cxd3 Nxd5 28. Bf2 Bf8 29. Re1 g6 30. Kf1 Rcc7 31. Rb5 Nc3 32. Rb6 Rfd7 33. Rb3 Nd5 34. Rb5 Nc3

Update 16:55 CET

Carlsen plays 18…Qe8 relatively fast, leaving the audience to wonder if he is still in preparation.

Lc0 line 1 +0.71: 19. Bc7 Qg6 20. Re1 Nc5 21. Bh5 Qf6 22. Bb6 Na6 23. Rb1 Bf5 24. Bg4 g6 25. Be2 Rf7 26. f3 Rc8 27. Rb5 Nc7 28. Rb3 Bf8 29. Bd3 Na6 30. Rb5 Nc7 31. Rb3 Na6 32. Qb1 Qg5 33. Bf1 Qf6 34. Bd3 Qg5 35. Bf1 Qf6 36. Bf2 Nc5 37. Rb5 e4 38. Rxc5 e3 39. Bxe3 dxc5 40. Bf2 h6 41. Qb3 Kh7 42. h4 Rd8 43. Nd2 Rfd7 44. c4 Ra8 45. Ne4 Bxe4 46. Rxe4 Re7 47. Rxe7+ Qxe7 48. Qb5 h5 49. Bd3 Qc7 50. Be1 Bg7 51. Be4 Bd4+ 52. Kf1 Kh6 53. Bd2 Be3 54. Bc3

Lc0 line 2 +0.61:19. Re1 Qg6 20. Bc7 Nc5 21. Bh5 Qf6 22. Bb6 Nd7 23. Bc7 Nc5 24. Nb6 Ra6 25. Nxc8 Rxc8 26. Bb6 Bd8 27. Bg4 Bxb6 28. Bxc8 Bxa5 29. Rf1 g6 30. g3 Kg7 31. Qf3 Bd2 32. Rxa6 bxa6 33. Qe2 Bc3 34. Qf3 Bd4 35. c3 e4 36. Qxf4 Qxf4 37. gxf4 Bxc3

SF Dev spikes after several minutes thinking time and changes the evaluation from 0.41 to 0.84. Probably the best continuation so far:

SF Dev 128: 19. Re1 Nxb6 20. Nxb6 Ra7 21. Bd3 f3 22. c4 fxg2 23. Nxc8 Qxc8 24. Qh5 h6 25. Qg6 Rf6 26. Qh7+ Kf7 27. Ra3 Qg8 28. Qe4 Qa8 29. Rea1 Qc8 30. Bc2 Ke8 31. Kxg2 Qc5 32. f3 Qd4 33. Qh7 Qxc4 34. Kh1 Bf8 35. Rb1 Qf4 36. Qd3 Kf7 37. Qb5 Kg8 38. Be4 Qd2 39. Rba1 Qd4 40. Qe8 Kh8 41. R3a2 Qc3 42. Qb8 Qe3 43. Rf1 Rf7 44. Qe8 Rf6 45. Raa1 Ra6 46. Rg1 Ra7 47. Rac1 b5 48. Qxb5 Rxf3 49. Bxf3 Qxf3+ 50. Rg2 Rf7 51. Qe2

Update 16:45 CET

We are at move 18 and both engines seem worried for black. 18… Qb6 and 18… Nxb6 are on the table, with Lc0 and SF128 giving preference to the queen move. Deep lines show the difficulty that Magnus Carlsen is going to face in the next moves

Lc0 +0.71: 18. .. Qe8 19. Bc7 Qg6 20. Re1 Nc5 21. Bh5 Qf6 22. Bb6 Na6 23. Rb1 Bf5 24. Bg4 g6 25. Be2 Rf7 26. f3 Rc8 27. Bd3 Bf8 28. Rb5 Nc7 29. Rb3 Na6 30. Rb5 Nc7 31. Rb3 Na6 32. Qb1 Qg7 33. Nd2 Nc5 34. Bxc5 Rxc5 35. Rb5 Rfc7 36. c4 Qd7 37. Be4 Be7 38. Qb3 Qc8 39. h3 Bd7 40. Rxc5 Rxc5 41. Ra1 Bd8 42. Qb4 Qc7 43. a6 bxa6 44. Rxa6 Ra5 45. Qxd6 Rxa6 46. Qxa6 Qc5+ 47. Kh1 Bb6 48. Qa1 Qe3 49. c5 Bxc5 50. Nc4 Qd4

Update 16:03 CET

For the second time in the match the open Sicilian. This time it is Fabiano Caruana who deviates with 11. b4, a move that is not very typical for the Sveshnikov at this stage.

Lc0 +0.29: 12. .. a6 13. Na3 b6 14. Nc4 a5 15. bxa5 bxa5 16. Bd2 Bb7 17. Qe1 Qc8 18. Bxa5 Bxd5 19. Ne3 Be6 20. Bf3 Ra7 21. Qd2 h6 22. Bb4 Rd8 23. a5 Nc5 24. Nd5 Bg5 25. Qe2 f5 26. Nb6 Qa6 27. Bc3 Rc7 28. Rfd1 e4 29. Bh5 g6 30. h4 Bxh4 31. Qe3 Bg5 32. Qd4 Kh7 33. f4

Lc0 line 2 +0.3: 14. 12. .. f5 13. a5 a6 14. Na3 f4 15. Nc4 e4 16. Nd2 Nf6 17. Ra3 Qe8 18. Nc4 f3 19. gxf3 Bh3 20. f4 Bxf1 21. Kxf1 Qf7 22. Nb6 Rae8 23. Rg3 Bd8 24. Nc4 Qd7 25. Ne3 b6 26. b5 bxa5 27. bxa6 Bb6 28. Bb2 Rb8

SF128 +0.07: 12. .. a6 13. Na3 b6 14. f4 f5 15. Nc4 a5 16. Rb1 axb4 17. Rxb4 Qc7 18. Kh1 Ba6 19. Be3 Bxc4 20. Bxc4 exf4 21. Bxf4 Nc5 22. Bb5 Bf6 23. Bc6 Rab8 24. Qf3 Be5 25. Be3 Na6 26. Rc4 Nc5

Update 15:30 CET

Game 10 of the Caruana – Carlsen World Chess Championship 2018 match is here. After a record breaking streak of games, we are getting closer to a decisive result. For several games in a row Caruana had solid advantage. Yesterday, Carlsen was close to winning. Will we see the first decisive game of the match today?

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