The World Championship match in Dubai has finished after Magnus’s fourth win to reach the winning total of 7½ points with three games to spare.
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Game 11: 10 Dec, at 12:30 – Magnus wraps up the match with his fourth win, all coming in the last six games. Ian introduced a Guioco Piano for the first time in the match. Magnus, playing with a freedom that comes from his dominant position in the match, sacrificed the exchange to open up Ian’s king, then transposed to a R&P ending with an extra pawn. Magnus’s passed h-pawn charged down the file unmolested, Magnus giving up his rook to queen the pawn, Ian’s match-ending resignation coming shortly after.
It was a match for five games, then came the epic Game 6 – 136 moves – which could have gone either way. But Magnus ended up winning, a result that was critical for the destiny of the title since after Game 6, Ian had to go for wins which opened up the play exposing a gulf between the two players.
Tip: to flip the board, click on e7 with (Black at the top) d2 (with White at the top) – it’s the same square.