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Carlsen – Caruana 2018 game 4 LIVE!

photo by Niki RigaHello everyone and welcome to the live coverage of the 2018 World Chess Championship match between the reigning champion Magnus Carlsen (Norway) and the challenger Fabiano Caruana (USA). In this live blog + live games from WCC 2018 we will be covering the event Carlsen – Caruana with the latest news, developments, interviews, and in-game details.

The most important feature here will be the lines of analysis by Lc0 – the open Neural Network, and the TCEC champion Stockfish running on a Super Computer of 128 cores.

 

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Current move eval: Move 1: Lc0 0.00 , SF[128] 0.00

Update 15:15

In games 1 and 3 Carlsen and Caruana went into theoretical battles of the Sicialian Rossolimo variation. In game 2 we saw Queen’s Gambit Declined 1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 d5 3. c4 e6 4. Nc3 Be7 5. Bf4 O-O 6. e3 c5 7. dxc5 Bxc5 8. Qc2 Nc6 9. a3 Qa5 10. Rd1 Rd8 (replay here), are we going to get a repeat of the opening again? The key move in the position, that put Carlsen in deep thought, was 10…Rd8. Historically, this move has been very successful for black. At that point Lc0 suggested 11. Nd2 Bf8 , SF128 chose the same move but expected different reply 11. Nd2 dxc4. Carlsen went for the second line of Lc0 11. Be2, and the evaluation dropped from +0.87 to +0.35, indicating that the opening advantage of white was close to gone.

Update 15:00

It is an important moment of the match. In the next four games Carlsen will have the white pieces three times. He is obliged to take advantage here, otherwise he will have to defend well in the second half of the match. Caruana on the other hand showed he is not afraid of the black pieces and is well prepared. In game 2 Caruana’s deep understanding of the opening was evident. What will happen today, we will know in only one hour.

Update 14:45

Hello everyone and welcome to the coverage of game 4 of the World Chess Championship. Today we are going to follow Carlsen – Caruana once again with key lines from Lc0 and SF128

More: Caruana – Carlsen game 1 / Carlsen – Caruana game 2 / Caruana – Carlsen game 3

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