GM Alex Yermolinsky (Uncle Yermo) brings you the post-game analysis!
Caruana played R d1 to prepare for Nc4. Game ended in draw. Caruana is not risking enough to win.
Looks like this will be a drawn game and match.
An interesting game, when Magnus Carlsen was only 13 years old.
Magnus tries for a win with black but result is another draw. A good game.
Played several variations of this, all ending in a draw. White basically has a weak opening and so needs to exchange everything to get a draw. Magnus needs to come up with a much stronger opening next time.
Not a defeat but a static position after 85 moves.
Black wins, but not so easily. There were 170 moves to checkmate. Magnus' offer of a draw was thus justified. Even though slightly ahead, Magnus had no clear path to winning. I took some of Stockfish suggestions for black, but if I took all as it would have been a draw.
Stockfish always draws when playing itself in a near even position, less than a 1.5 point advantage. If the advantage is pure material, with a 3 point advantage, such as queen vs 2 bishops, Stockfish may still draw playing itself. Most people rate a N and B as both 3. But if you have a bishop pair, that pair is probably worth 7.5, just a little less than a queen, 9. In the end game it is nearly impossible to win instead of draw if your opponent has a B-pair. By the same token, a N pair is probably worth 6.5 as they can protect each other, while a B and N is worth 6.
In this WCC game 12, Fabiano was running out of time, only 8 minutes for 9 moves, and Magnus was clearly thinking on both players time. Magnus is a much faster thinker and is confident of winning the tie break. Perhaps Magnus did not want to see Fabiano blunder because of time. Magnus is a nice guy and they are not enemies. Some people are rooting for Fabiano because he is an American. I have no such bias. I do not consider country of origin, only playing ability and courteous behavior .
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Arriving at same pieces left over now as my game 35 above. 4:58pm EST 11-27-18
Now it looks drawn. Ethereal did not know how to win the ending. 5:15 pm
Buth stockfish trying for a win. But can it take three connected pawns with a rook?
Still a draw. 5:24 pm. Draw by repetition called 5:26 pm.
One, Two, Three...Magnus is still the champ!
So drawing the twelves games was a rational choice, as Magnus knew he could easily win the rapids. Better not to risk too much, and you do need to take risks to win at chess when your opponent is very good. Winning is everything after all if you are world champion. You do not really want to risk your title just to please the critics.
2012 CBS video: World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen stays number one