Magnus remains World Champion

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.

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Total
Carlsen ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 1      
Nepomniachtchi ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 0 ½ 0      
Moves 45 58 41 33 43 136 41 46 39 41 49        
Opening C88 E05 C88 C42 C88 D02 C88 C43 A13 C42 C54        
PGN G1 G2 G3 G4 G5 G6 G7 G8 G9 G10 G11        

Links: WCC website | Chess24 | Feature WCC 2021

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