A Sneaky h-pawn | Fabiano Caruana vs Ding Liren | 2018 Candidates Chess Tournament

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Featured in this video is the Round 9 game of the 2018 Candidates Chess Tournament between Fabiano Caruana (white), and Ding Liren (black). When a black knight can be maintained in the center for a good 30 moves, there's a strong chance the whole game revolves around it. White has a strong knight to boast about as well, though its active moves are under control by black's bishop. One side presses, and the other tries to defend as best he can in this battle out of the Catalan Opening. This event consists of 8 participants, namely Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (2809), Vladimir Kramnik (2800), Wesley So (2799), Levon Aronian (2794), Fabiano Caruana (2784), Ding Liren (2769), Alexander Grischuk (2767), and Sergey Karjakin (2763). This tournament is being held in Berlin, Germany. The winner becomes the challenger for the World Chess Championship title against Magnus Carlsen in November of 2018. Note: The clock times featured in the video act as a rough estimate of time spent on each move.

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. g3 { E00 Catalan Opening } Bb4+ 4. Bd2 Be7 5. Bg2 d5 6. Nf3 O-O 7. O-O c6 8. Qb3 b6 9. Nc3 Ba6 10. cxd5 cxd5 11. Ne5 Bb7 12. Rfc1 Nc6 13. Nxd5 Nxd4 14. Nxe7+ Qxe7 15. Qc4 Bxg2 16. Qxd4 Rfd8 17. Qf4 Bb7 18. Bb4 Qe8 19. Rc7 Nd5 20. Qxf7+ Qxf7 21. Rxf7 Ba6 22. Ba3 Bxe2 23. Rc1 Bh5 24. Rb7 Be8 25. Kg2 a5 26. h4 Rdb8 27. Rxb8 Rxb8 28. g4 b5 29. b3 b4 30. Bb2 a4 31. h5 Ra8 32. Kg3 Kf8 33. Nf3 Bd7 34. Rc4 Kg8 35. Ne5 Bb5 36. Rc5 Be8 37. Nc4 Bd7 38. Ne5 Be8 39. Bd4 Kf8 40. f3 Ke7 41. Kh4 Kf8 42. Kg5 h6+ 43. Kh4 Kg8 44. Kg3 Kh7 45. Nd3 Kg8 46. Rc1 axb3 47. axb3 Kh7 48. Nc5 Bf7 49. Re1 Ne7 50. Bb2 Nc6 51. f4 Ra2 52. Nd3 e5 53. fxe5 Bxb3 54. e6 Ra7 55. Nc5 Bc4 56. Nd7 Bb5 57. Nf8+ Kg8 58. Ng6 Ne7 59. Ra1 Nc6 60. Rd1 Kh7 61. Rd5 Ba4 62. Kf4 Bc2 63. Rc5 Ba4 64. g5 hxg5+ 65. Rxg5 Nd8 66. Re5 Be8 67. e7

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