The #8 article in Best of CLO is Caruana Misses a Chance, Draws Game 8 vs. Carlsen by IM Kostya Kavutskiy, an article that was part of a larger series by Kostya on the World Championships. Round eight began as a thriller, in which it looked like our American challenger may seize his first victory of the match.
World Championship challenger Fabiano Caruana achieved a big advantage against Magnus Carlsen in today’s Game 8 of the World Championship, both on the board and the clock. However, in a position that needed active precision in order to keep the initiative Caruana faltered, playing a quiet move at the wrong moment and giving Carlsen a key tempo to consolidate his position. After that the game steadily petered out into an equal endgame and the game was agreed drawn; the match remains tied at 4-4 with four games to go.
Kavutskiy’s other contributions on Carlsen-Caruana included a round seven report, annotations to rounds 11, 12 and the playoffs. He also contributed post-coaching reflections on his work at the World Cadet Championships, which he combined with a trip to London.
Just a week ago, Kostya reported on the Bay Area International for this site.
Previously, Kostya won Best of CLO honors for his 2016 piece, Kostya’s Chess Eurotrip: Two Months, Four Tourneys, Six Cities and 38 Games of Chess. You can find a full index of his articles here.
Kostya Kavutskiy analyzes the moment when Caruana missed a golden opportunity in game 8 of the World Championship match. While “collective gasp was felt in the spectator room” after Carlsen played the sharp move 18… g5, the victory would remain elusive once again thanks to the unnecessarily slow 24. h3.- Michael “f-pawn” Aigner
This was the biggest match of the year and round 8 was one of the most talked about rounds. This article is ranked in my top 10 mainly because it captures a top moment in chess in 2018. This is a game Fabiano is not likely to forget. – Adia Onyango
Tight, small focus, but nicely done; shows the drama of the event- Joshua Anderson
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8. Caruana Misses a Chance, Draws Game 8 vs. Carlsen by IM Kostya Kavutskiy