Carlsen vs Caruana: The new great rivalry

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Magnus Carlsen has more or less monopolized the attention of the chess world over the last 5 years. On the 1st Jan 2010 he became the youngest player in chess history to become ranked World #1. Then he smashed Garry Kasparov’s record elo rating of 2851 (Magnus’ peak rating at the time of writing: 2882) before challenging and defeating Indian legend Viswanathan Anand for the title of World Chess Champion in 2013.

With clear superiority over his rivals it looked for a while like no-one would be able to challenge his dominance. Then came the supernova-like emergence of the Italian-American Fabiano Caruana who went from competing in Opens to rubbing shoulders with the world’s elite – and beating them.

Caruana’s professional approach opposes Carlsen’s laid-back nature and, after several impressive victories over the Norwegian, it became clear chess had a new great rivalry: Carlsen vs Caruana.

In “Carlsen vs Caruana: Past, Present, Future“, GM Jan Gustafsson and IM Lawrence Trent (Fabiano’s friend and now manager) look at 10 Carlsen vs Caruana games, picking out the lessons we can all learn from and discussing their relative strengths and weaknesses. They sum up with an assessment of the future of Carlsen vs Caruana.

The first classical game featuring Carlsen vs Caruana is the topic of this preview. A Spanish opening soon comes alive when Magnus springs a Kingside attack. A Knight on g5 is kicked back with …h6 but Carlsen ignores the threat by sacrificing his other Knight! Not to be outdone, Caruana sac’s a piece of his own a few moves later!

Watch the preview to see what happens when the dust settles and check out the full course for more great Carlsen vs Caruana games and lessons.

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