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Carlsen – Caruana 2018 game 9 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 59: Lc0 +0.00 , SF[128] +0.00

Update 19:30 CET

There goes the 9th draw of the World Chess Championship. Tomorrow is game 10 and Caruana will have white.
Update 18:30 CET

With precise play we are heading to draw 9 of the World Chess Championship

Update 17:30 CET

Opposite color bishops are now on the board, but with all heavy pieces present and slightly different pawn structures. Lc0 says chances are only present for white’s camp, black can only defend. It comes down to technique, with the speed of the last moves we can say both players are confident. At the same time, the last round of UT Dallas Open started, you can follow it live here

Update 16:45 CET

17… Bxf3 Caruana goes for direct resolution of the situation. Lc0 is not happy, neither is SF128. The top lines say:

Lc0 line 1, +1.21: 18. Bxf3 Nxd4 19. Bxd4 Qxd4 20. Qb3+ Kh8 21. e3 Qe5 22. Bxb7 Rab8 23. Bg2 Qg5 24. Qf7 Rf8 25. Qc4 Qc5 26. Qb3 g6 27. Rad1 Rbd8 28. Bf3 Qe7 29. Kg2 Kg7 30. h4 h5 31. Qc3 Qe5 32. Qc6 Qc5 33. Rd7+

Lc0 line 2, + 1.11: 18. Qb3+ Kh8 19. Bxf3 Nxd4 20. Bxd4 Qxd4 21. e3 Qe5 22. Bxb7 Rab8 23. Bc6 Bc5 24. Qa4 Red8 25. Rad1 g6 26. Bf3 Rxd1 27. Bxd1 Rb2 28. Bb3 Bxe3 29. Qc4 Kg7 30. Qf7+ Kh6

Update 17:15 CET

12. Bb2 is pointed as slight inaccuracy by SF128, dropping from +0.1 to +0.00. It now believes black has chances for advantage in some lines. Lc0’s neural network though says it is not so easy for black and still shows 0.00 eval.

Both engines point very different approaches for white.

Lc0: 12. .. Bb6 13. e3 Qe7 14. d4 Rad8 15. Qc2 Na5 16. Rfd1 c6 17. dxe5 Nc4 18. exf6 Qxf6 19. Rxd8 Rxd8 20. Re1 Qf5 21. e4 Qa5 22. Bc1 Na3 23. Bxa3 Qxa3 24. Ra1 h6 25. Bf1 Qc5 26. Rb1 Rf8 27. Nd4 Qe5 28. f4 Bxd4+ 29. cxd4 Qxd4+ 30. Kg2 b5 31. Rd1

SF128: 12. .. Bb6 13. d4 Bd5 14. e3 Na5 15. dxe5 fxe5 16. Qc2 c6 17. Nd2 Bxg2 18. Kxg2 Qd5+ 19. Ne4 h6 20. Rad1 Qe6 21. c4 Nxc4 22. Nf6+ gxf6 23. Qg6+ Kf8 24. Qxh6+ Kg8 25. Qg6+ Kf8

Update 17:11 CET

After move 11 the engines are not impressed and believe black has equalized:

Lc0 +0.01: 11. .. Be6 12. Qa4 Bb6 13. Rb1 Qd7 14. Rb2 Bh3 15. Bxh3 Qxh3 16. Qc4+ Kh8 17. Qe4 Qd7 18. Nh4 Bc5 19. Be3 Bxe3 20. fxe3 b6 21. Rf5 Ne7 22. Rh5 h6 23. Rb1 Rad8 24. Rf1 Qe6 25. c4 Kg8

SF128 -0.03: 11. .. Be6 12. Nd2 Qd7 13. Qa4 Rab8 14. Nb3 Bf8 15. Bxc6 Qxc6 16. Qxc6 bxc6 17. Be3 a5 18. Nxa5 Rb2 19. Rfe1 Ra8 20. Nxc6 Raxa2 21. Rxa2 Rxa2 22. f4 Ra6 23. Nb8 Ra8 24. Nc6

Update 17:09 CET

Here is the novelty by Magnus Carlsen 9. Bg5, a very rare move which is not seen above 2300 ELO level. Fabiano blasts his answer on the board Nxc3, showing he is not surprised and ready.

Lc0 +0.03: 10. .. Qd6 11. Bc1 Bf5 12. Nd2 Qd7 13. Qb3 Rab8 14. Qb5 Be7 15. a4 a6 16. Qd5 Bd6 17. Qb3 Bh3 18. a5 h6 19. Qa4 Bxg2 20. Kxg2 Bf8 21. Ba3

Update 17:01 CET

Once again we have the English opening at the board, where will the players deviate? So far we have the repeat of the rare …Bc5 , a battle of the seconds ahead.

Update 16:30 CET

It is time for game 9 of Carlsen – Caruana. So far eight draws are on the board, but the feeling is that many of those could have been decisive games. Carlsen was closest to victory in round 1, where a series of blunders equalized the game. Caruana has had more games with decisive chances. He finds the right path to advantage and fails to close it in the late middlegame or the endgame.

This match can go in any direction. 30 mins to the start of game 9, join us for the key lines of Lc0 and SF128.

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