So Much for Prep: Caruana Innovates, but Anand Wins by FM Dennis Monokroussos
In the 2018 edition of the Tata Steel Masters, Viswanathan Anand got off to a great start including an impressive win in round 3 over Fabiano Caruana. Caruana has been playing the Petroff regularly, and prepared a very interesting novelty for this game, one which took Anand by surprise. The former champion didn't refute the idea, but his reply proved effective. Caruana was unable to find the subtle path to equality, and in the resulting middlegame his rook and pawn wasn't a very good match for Anand's bishop and knight. Anand's play wasn't perfect, but his inaccuracies were less costly than Caruana's. In the end, Caruana was outplayed, and finally fell prey to a beautiful tactical blow that finished the game.