In the third game, Fabiano Caruana had the White pieces for the second time in the match. Due to the fact that he lost the opening battle with the White pieces in game one, it was interesting to see what opening he would come up with this time.
With two draws after two games, neither of the players had to risk too much. Yet, playing White can be said to come with a slight obligation to aim for an edge in the opening.
In the game, Fabiano repeated the Sicilian Rossolimo from game one but deviated from the first game on move six. Instead of playing on the kingside (as he did in game one), he came up with a new plan and started to expand on the queenside early on.
He had a few chances to get an edge in the opening and early middlegame but did not play the most challenging moves for Magnus.
Overall, it was a very quiet game where neither side had a decisive advantage at any point.
Let’s take a look at the game: