2016 Candidates Chess Tournament - Fabiano Caruana vs Hikaru Nakamura - Round 8
This is a Round 8 game from the 2016 Candidates Chess Tournament between Fabiano Caruana and Hikaru Nakamura. What is at stake in this tournament besides a big purse? Well, the winner of this lengthy 14 round event will earn a ticket to challenge the current World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen in November at the 2016 World Chess Championship match which will be held in New York, United States. This is the 2nd battle between the two representatives of the United States. Caruana, as white this time around, opts for a solid pawn structure and gives Nakamura the bishop pair and a damaged queenside pawn structure out of the Ruy Lopez. These factors however may only be of secondary important when compared to the element of time since we have a case of opposite sides castling. Would it be Caruana or Nakamura who closes the distance between the pack leaders, if either at all?