Bilbao Chess Masters Final R6: Carlsen Beats Caruana’s French Defense

World No. 1 Magnus Carlsen has begun the Bilbao half of the Sao Paulo-Chess Masters final with a win over leader Fabiano Caruana. The game lasted more than four hours. The Norwegian held his own in the French defense game and entered the middle game with a slight advantage, which after a simplification of some pieces, ended up in a hard-fought but equal endgame. But, Caruana committed inaccuracies. (The round report is available at Chess Blog.) Run the Chess King applet to enjoy the game.

Carlsen, Magnus (2843) – Caruana, Fabiano (2773)

Result: 1-0
Site: Sao Paulo/Bilbao BRA/ESP
Date: 2012.10.08

[…] 1.e4 e6 2.d3 d5 3.¤d2 ¤f6 4.¤gf3 ¤c6 5.c3 ¥d6 6.¥e2 O-O 7.O-O a5 8.¦e1 e5 9.exd5 ¤xd5 10.¤c4 ¦e8 11.¥f1 ¥g4 12.h3 ¥h5 13.g3 ¤b6 14.¤xb6 cxb6 15.¥g2 b5 16.a4 b4 17.¥e3 ¥c7 18.£b3 h6 19.£c4 bxc3 20.bxc3 e4 21.dxe4 ¥xf3 22.¥xf3 ¤e5 23.£e2 ¤xf3+ 24.£xf3 £d3 25.¢g2 £xe4 26.¥d4 £xf3+ 27.¢xf3 b6 28.¦ab1 ¦ac8 29.¦e4 g6 30.g4 ¢f8 31.h4 ¦xe4 32.¢xe4 ¦e8+ 33.¢d3 ¦e6 34.¥e3 ¢g7 35.¦b5 ¥d8 36.h5 ¦d6+ 37.¢c4 ¦c6+ 38.¢d5 ¦e6 39.¥d4+ ¢f8 40.f4 ¥c7 41.f5 ¦d6+ 42.¢e4 ¦c6 43.¦b1 ¢e8 44.hxg6 fxg6 45.¦h1 ¢f7 46.¢d5 ¦d6+ 47.¢c4 gxf5 48.gxf5 ¥d8 49.f6 ¥xf6 50.¦xh6 ¥e7 51.¦xd6 ¥xd6 52.¢b5 ¢e6 53.¥xb6 ¢d7 54.c4 ¢c8 55.¥xa5 ¢b7 56.¥b4 ¥f4 57.c5 ¢a7 58.c6 ¢b8 59.a5 ¢a7 60.a6 ¢a8 61.¥c5 ¥b8 62.¢c4 ¥c7 63.¢d5 ¥d8 64.¢e6 ¥c7 65.¢d7 ¥a5 66.¥e7

Black loses control of the a5-d8 diagonal and White is home with a win.

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