Carlsen vs Caruana 2015-2018 – GM Jan Gustafsson & GM Pepe Cuenca
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Pepe and Jan introduce themselves and their new video series on the Caruana-Carlsen rivalry.
- Tata Steel 2015: Carlsen wins with Black!
The first post-Sinquefield Cup encounter between our two rivals occurs in Wijk aan Zee in 2015. A sharp fight.
- The Berlins of 2015
The Year 2015 was the height of the Berlin Wall fashion, and our heroes clashed three times on that battleground.
- The Stonewall! (Shamkir 2015)
In Shamkir, Magnus tried his hand at an opening not that popular at the top level: the Stonewall!
- Return to Saint Louis
The 2014 Sinquefield Cup was Caruana’s greatest tournament victory. In 2015, things didn’t go as planned there…
- The Year 2016
Caruana and Carlsen would meet only twice over the board in 2016. Here are the games.
- Petroff battles: 2017-2018
Caruana adopted 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 as his new main weapon against 1.e4 and used it against Carlsen three times, including in their most recent encounter.
- 2017: Year of the Ruy Lopez
Just as Caruana would do with the Petroff, Carlsen found a new main weapon against 1.e4 – in his case, the 3…a6 Ruy Lopez. He played it three times against Caruana in 2017.
- Two hard-fought 1.d4 draws
Caruana would come under pressure in their encounters in London 2017 and Baden-Baden 2018, but in both cases he managed to stand his ground.
- Magnus draws last blood
The last game we’re going to look at is the encounter from Stavanger 2018, when Carlsen decided to avoid the Petroff with 2.Bc4.
- Who has the upper hand?
Jan and Pepe compare the combatants and give their match predictions.