World Championship 2018 Game 8: Finally an open Sicilian and Caruana misses his chance
After game one, this was the most exciting duel of the match. Caruana went for the open Sicilian and very soon had Magnus out of his preparation. Carlsen tried to play as aggressively as he could in the Sveshnikov, but soon found himself in a completely minus position. All that Fabiano had to do was to find a series of moves that give him a clear advantage. Caruana did that for the next three moves, but on the fourth move he made an error and lost all his advantage. The game ended in a draw, but it was clear that at some point there was a clearly better continuation for Fabi. We check it out in this article. Also we had a guest LIVE commentator for the match yesterday, none other than GM Surya Sekhar Ganguly and he enthralled us with his calculation, knowledge and wit.
Game 8 of the World Championship match was going to be special on two counts. 1 - Fabiano Caruana had the white pieces and it would be interesting to see if he finally went for the Open Sicilian, and 2 - ChessBase India was going to analyze the game live with one of India's strongest GMs and annotators Surya Sekhar Ganguly.
The analysis took place from 9 p.m. to 10.15 p.m. and we analyzed the game until the key moment of Fabiano Caruana playing 21.c5 and also took a lot of questions from the viewers. If you missed the show, take out some time and learn from GM Ganguly:
Key moments of game 8: Caruana (white) vs Carlsen (black)
After missing that critical opportunity, Fabiano didn't get another chance and the game ended in a draw a few moves later. Fabiano Caruana can be happy that he posed Magnus with some big problems, at the same time he would be dejected that he couldn't take his position across the finish line. It's not the first time in the match that Caruana has missed his chance. But this one would hurt him more, because it was his kind of position, where he could outcalculate his opponent.
Money raised for under-12 World Champion Savitha Shri:
The show with Ganguly was also done to raise funds and awareness about the financial situation of one of India's brightest talents Savitha Shri. Savitha is 12 years old and just a few days won the under-12 World Championship title. She is also the reigning under-11 national champion and has made India proud on many occasions.
It goes without saying that Savitha needs all the financial support, and that too, NOW! The main aim of raising funds via the live show was not just to give the money collected to Savitha for her chess career, but also to raise awareness, that here is an Indian talent, in need of financial support. All those who are keen to support her through some sponsorship can contact her on the email firstname.lastname@example.org
The total amount of money collected via the live show was:
Sachin Sharma : Rs.20
Chewang Dorjee: Rs.40
Sriram Ganeshan: Rs.200
Aravindh Ramachandran: Rs.20
Kirit Kanth: Rs.400
Chewang Dorjee: Rs.40
Gaurav Kumar: Rs.500
Varun Prasad: Rs.300
Amount deducted by Super chat (30%): Rs. 216
Amount deducted by Payumoney (2%): Rs.16
Total amount collected for Savitha Shri: Rs.1288
We thank all the donors. If someone has contributed and we have missed their name, please contact us on email@example.com. We wish Savitha the best in her chess career!