Caruana blunders with 17. Nf6!
Just spoke to the British grandmaster and commentator Daniel King, who runs the popular PowerPlayChess channel on YouTube. He was intrigued by Caruana’s 10. Nh2, where Qd2 is the more common move, and says while he regards the position as level that ‘it is great for the match that the position is opening up so quickly, giving both sides a chance to attack’.
Game 1 is under way!
Good afternoon from a slightly chaotic media room in Holborn, which unsurprisingly, is dominated by Norwegian journalists. Just been speaking to Bernt Brennevann from the NTB agency, who tells me he is just one of 15 reporters from Norway here to cover the Carlsen match, which is being covered on the main TV channel in the country. Also quickly popped into the gift shop, which has some slightly risque offerings. Make a move, anyone?
The press room is now so busy it’s standing room only. Meanwhile, the actor Woody Harrelson has headed into the building wearing a suit and a light blue beanie hat. If the rumors are correct he’ll be making the first move.