Now to Carlsen's Whites! For the first time, he shockingly employed the Trompowsky! “Carlsen clearly found inspiration in my Trompowsky series for chess24 — let us hope he has done his homework!” — Lawrence Trent.
In the next game it seemed that order was restored, at least to some extent.
“Time for the daily midnight wisdom from Giri. Quite shocking that Carlsen won all the theoretical battles so far?!” — Giri. I completely disagree with this statement! Carlsen won only three of the four theoretical duels so far in my opinion, because in the first game he got no advantage. Secondly, like Karjakin stated, Carlsen is very strong in the openings — maybe even the best in the world. It is just that the other aspects of his play are so incredibly strong that people say that his openings are a weakness. Also, people like to write narratives, and since Carlsen used to be not the best at openings, does not mean that he still is, especially after now three World Championship matches.
Before this game I tweeted, “If Karjakin had to choose a game to lose, he would choose this one, because he has Black and he gets a double White in the next two games.” This was not to say that Carlsen would be indifferent to winning, but if he did win, it would probably have the least psychological effect on Karjakin compared to any other game he could lose.
In the final game of this article, we are going to analyse the surprise that Carlsen sprung in the opening in game eight. It was doubly surprising that he would do this so late into a match — usually, players play their unusual openings (if they are going to) early in the match to keep the more serious preparation for later, when both players are more warmed up.