Caruana Wins Roller Coaster to Claim Lead in Berlin

Kramnik vs. Caruana, with comedian Matthias Deutschmann making the first move, Photo
After a rollercoaster of a victory against former World Champion Vladimir Kramnik, American Grandmaster Fabiano Caruana is in the clear lead in the Candidates in Berlin. The game began as a quiet Petrov and exploded with complications that seemed in Fabi's favor. After the time control, the advantage shifted to Kramnik and his formidable passed a-pawn. The tables turned several more times until a fatal 59th move by the Russian wildcard candidate, Rd1?
This lemon allows 59..Ral+ 60. Kc2 Rxd1 61. Kxd1 h2, with an unstoppable h-pawn in view of the blocking idea ...Bh4.
Look for more analysis of this incredible fight of twists and turns, but for now, it's a good one to test your own calculation skills.

[Event "FIDE Berlin Candidates"]
[Date "2018.03.14"]
[Round "4.3"]
[White "Kramnik, Vladimir"]
[Black "Caruana, Fabiano"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C42"]
[WhiteElo "2800"]
[BlackElo "2784"]
[PlyCount "132"]
[EventDate "2018.??.??"]
[WhiteTeam "Russia"]
[BlackTeam "United States"]
[WhiteTeamCountry "RUS"]
[BlackTeamCountry "USA"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nxe5 d6 4. Nf3 Nxe4 5. Qe2 Qe7 6. Nc3 Nxc3 7. dxc3 Qxe2+
8. Bxe2 Nc6 9. Be3 Be7 10. O-O-O O-O 11. Rhe1 Bf6 12. Nd2 Re8 13. Bf3 Ne5 14.
Bf4 Kf8 15. Bd5 c6 16. Bb3 Bf5 17. h3 g5 18. Bh2 Kg7 19. c4 g4 20. Ne4 Bxe4 21.
Rxe4 Bg5+ 22. Kb1 gxh3 23. c5 f5 24. Rb4 hxg2 25. Rxb7+ Kh8 26. cxd6 Nf3 27.
Ba4 Nxh2 28. Bxc6 Rad8 29. d7 Re2 30. Bxg2 Rxf2 31. Bc6 Ng4 32. Rxa7 Ne3 33.
Rg1 h6 34. Rc7 Kg7 35. a4 Kf7 36. Bb5 Ke7 37. a5 Rf4 38. c3 Kd6 39. Rb7 Rg4 40.
Re1 f4 41. a6 h5 42. a7 Ra8 43. b4 h4 44. c4 h3 45. c5+ Ke5 46. Rb8 Rxa7 47.
Rg8 Bf6 48. d8=Q Bxd8 49. Rxg4 Bf6 50. Rg6 Rb7 51. Be2 Rxb4+ 52. Ka2 Nc2 53.
Rc1 Nd4 54. Bd3 Ra4+ 55. Kb1 Nb3 56. Re1+ Kd5 57. Kc2 Nd4+ 58. Kb1 Nf3 59. Rd1
Ra1+ 60. Kc2 Rxd1 61. Ba6 Rd2+ 62. Kc1 Bb2+ 63. Kb1 Kxc5 64. Bb7 Ne5 65. Rf6 f3
66. Rf5 f2 0-1 [/pgn]
Photo Brian C Glover


In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

hold on a minute, if I did my calculations correctly, Caruana should be in first place undisputed bc going into the round, Kramnik was in first with 2./3, with Caruana and shak in second at 2/3. caruana beat Kramnik and shak tied, so shouldnt caruana be in first????

In reply to by aditya panda (not verified)

Yes, this was fixed! Thanks!

In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

Chess is cruel can make you sometimes happy and sometimes sad depending on the outcome of the game !!!

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