Caruana Keeps Lead in Dramatic Draw Against Carlsen

Magnus Carlsen vs. Fabiano Caruana, Photo Lennart Ootes
In a much anticipated World Championship prelude, Fabiano Caruana found himself in trouble against Magnus Carlsen in round seven of the Sinquefield Cup. The World Champion played brilliantly on the White side of a Petrov to earn a huge advantage in a queenless middlegame. This prompted the most memorable visit to the Confessional booth I've ever seen, as Magnus sent a clear but wordless message. Fabiano fought with maximum resistance to hold the draw. A frustrated Magnus Carlsen admitted in his post game interview that his popular visit to the confessional booth may have backfired.

[Event "Sinquefield Cup"]
[Date "2018.08.25"]
[White "Carlsen, Magnus"]
[Black "Caruana, Fabiano"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[WhiteElo "2842"]
[BlackElo "2822"]
[PlyCount "82"]
[EventDate "2018.??.??"]
[WhiteTeam "Norway"]
[BlackTeam "United States"]
[WhiteTeamCountry "NOR"]
[BlackTeamCountry "USA"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nxe5 d6 4. Nf3 Nxe4 5. Nc3 Nxc3 6. dxc3 Be7 7. Be3 Nc6
8. Bc4 O-O 9. Qd2 Bf5 10. O-O-O Qd7 11. Kb1 Rfe8 12. h4 Bf8 13. h5 h6 14. Be2
Bg4 15. Nh2 Bxe2 16. Qxe2 Ne5 17. Bc1 Qc6 18. f4 Nc4 19. Qd3 Qe4 20. g4 Ne3 21.
Rde1 Qxd3 22. cxd3 Nd5 23. Reg1 Re6 24. g5 Ne7 25. gxh6 Rxh6 26. f5 Rh7 27. Ng4
Kh8 28. f6 Ng8 29. fxg7+ Rxg7 30. Be3 c5 31. Bf4 Re8 32. Ne3 Rxg1+ 33. Rxg1 Re6
34. Nd5 Nf6 35. Nc7 Re2 36. Nb5 Re6 37. Rf1 Kg8 38. Nc7 Re2 39. Nb5 Re6 40. Nc7
Re2 41. Nb5 Re6 1/2-1/2[/pgn]
IM Eric Rosen took over our twitter feed, and captured some striking moments in addition to the unforgettable confession. Eric will be back @USChess for round 9 on Monday. Follow along with commentary by Yasser Seirawan, Jennifer Shahade, and Maurice Ashley on the Official Grand Chess Tour WebsiteThe Sinquefield Cup runs from August 18-28 with rounds everyday at 1 P.M. CST. 

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