World Championship 2018 Game 11: Showdown In The Last Game

World Championship 2018 Game 11: Showdown In The Last GameGame eleven of the World Chess Championship Match between Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana ended in another draw.

Magnus, playing White, went for 1.e4, but was again surprised by a line which Fabiano chose in the Petroff Defense. Hence, the World Champion did not go for the most critical lines in the game and played very safely.

With his very precise and accurate play, Fabiano had no problem securing the draw with the Black pieces.

With eleven out of twelve classical games played, it can be clearly stated that Fabiano Caruana and his team has had the upper hand in opening preparation so far. In all his six games with White, Magnus did not manage to put real pressure on Fabiano. Fabiano, in contrast, got several promising positions with White out of the opening. Yet, he did not manage to convert them.

This already brings us to the last classical game of the match which will be played on Monday. Fabiano has the White pieces and thus the chance to go for a fight. As Fabiano was very consistent with the White pieces so far, we’ll very likely see him playing 1.e4 again.

Yet, it will be highly interesting to see what Magnus will play. If he goes for the Sicilian Defense again, Fabiano will definitely have a chance to go for a complicated struggle in the opening. If Magnus changes his opening in the last round in order to avoid Fabiano’s preparation, he runs the risk of running into another line that Fabiano has prepared for the match.

In any event, let’s first take a closer look at the eleventh game between the two players:

Carlsen, Magnus (2835) – Caruana, Fabiano (2832): World Chess Championship – Game 11 (London 2018)

Round twelve starts on Thursday. Fabiano will have the White pieces.

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