Fabiano Caruana’s Fantastic Victory Against Magnus Carlsen!

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designA few days ago, our guest IM Asaf Givon had prepared a video for you analysing a game played between Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana in the 2011 Biel Chess Festival, in which Carlsen won with a brilliant exchange sacrifice. Before going to the next game, let’s take a look at the strengths of these two players.

Magnus Carlsen’s Strength:

Of course, he is a universal and practical player and he can play really well in any kind of position. But his major strength is his ability to slowly outplay his opponents over time by creating a lot of problems for them, making moves that make them uncomfortable, and also attacking his opponents psychologically. In other words, he doesn’t usually play for immediate advantage, rather for a number of smaller advantages.

Fabiano Caruana’s Strength:

He is a more scientific player; he calculates a lot of moves during the game and really makes sure that his moves are absolutely the best. He won’t settle even for the second best moves. He is very courageous and he’s often ready for sharp fight.

Today IM Asaf Givon has prepared another video lesson for you in honour of the ongoing World Championship Match between these two great players. In this game, Givon chose a game played between the two during the 2014 Sinquefield Cup.

Carlsen vs Caruana: 2014 Sinquefield Cup

In this game, Caruana showed a lot of character and played moves based on the key principles even when the moves played by Carlsen were intimidating. Caruana never got nervous; he kept cool, calculated everything and believed in his calculations.

This is believed to be Caruana’s one of the best performances, if not the best, as he won the tournament in a grand style – he finished with scoring 8.5/10 points, winning 7 games and only 3 games being drawn.


Did you enjoy these two video lessons from IM Asaf Givon? What do you think about the ongoing World Championship Match? Who do you think will win and why? Please write your thoughts in the comments below.
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