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Time To Say Dubai: Round 5 of the Match
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World Chess Championship Game 4: A Drawish day, but it’s OK
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World Chess Championship Game 4: A Drawish day, but it’s OKThe fourth game day of the World Chess Championship, which is taking place in Dubai, ended in a draw after 33 moves. During the after-match press conference, Carlsen described the result as ok. After four games, the score is 2 — 2. This is the 18th draw in a row in the World Chess Championship matches, the last decisive game was back in 2016 in New York in the Carlsen-Karjakin match. Photos: Eric Rosen and Niki Riga (FIDE) The Challenger decided to start the game with the Petroff, a solid opening which he used at the Candidates Tournament against GM Wang Hao, and eventually, it won him the tournament. The – also called – Russian Defence was also 2018 Challenger’s choice. GM Fabiano Caruana has used this opening as one of his most reliable ways to draw against the World Champion. Before the beginning of the Championship, Carlsen had openly stated that he would push through the first games, but as we can see this didn’t work out quite accurately. What the World Champion had in mind was some ‘Insanely complicated’ positions that could have resulted from his new idea on move 18, but Nepo’s choices prevented them. “That’s the state of modern chess,” Carlsen said on this matter. Generally, we are all witnessing an extremely high level of preparation and accuracy, with Magnus not being able to take the lead, and Nepo pushing safely to the tiebreaks, where he is even more comfortable. Chess enthusiasts couldn’t hide their frustration nor for the Opening, which was listed in the chess manuscripts of the late 1500s, nor for the fourth consecutive and almost indifferent draw. https://twitter.com/GothamChess/status/1465719343908634630The match is best-of-14 games with a prize fund of 2 million euros, with 60 percent for the winner. Each win is worth a point and each draw is half a point. The first player to reach 7.5 points will be the winner. (If the match should be tied after 14 games, the players will proceed to a series of tie-breaker games.) It’s two more games than in the 2018 World Championship Match. The venue for the event is located in downtown Dubai at the Dubai Expo. The match’s sponsors include Algorand, a leading blockchain company; Kaspersky, the official cyber security partner; and PhosAgro, a giant international fertilizer group. Games start at 12:30 UTC. You can follow the games live on World Chess.
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Time To Say Dubai: Round 4 of the Match
Time To Say Dubai: Round 4 of the Match
Time To Say Dubai: Round 4 of the Match World Chess Championship Stream Live from Dubai
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Magnus Carlsen: “I Don’t Even Remotely Care”
Magnus Carlsen: “I Don’t Even Remotely Care”
Magnus Carlsen: “I Don’t Even Remotely Care”The world champion has developed his own rapport with the media and clearly enjoys stirring the audience while being open and to the point. His answer to the question ‘Whose chess commentary would you enjoy most — Giri, Caruana, or Anand?’ Carlsen replied after slight delay: “I am sorry I don’t even remotely care’. Giri is doing commentary for chess24, the site that is part of Carlsen’s own business empire, while Caruana is doing commentary for chess.com. Anadnd is doing commentary for the official FIDE feed.
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Carlsen’s Legacy at 31
Carlsen’s Legacy at 31
Carlsen’s Legacy at 31Magnus Carlsen is currently the defending World Champion against Ian Nepomniachtchi in Dubai, and today along with the fourth game of the World Championship, Magnus is turning 31. Photo: Eric Rosen If we could put Magnus’ legacy in a sentence, then we would use the words of the author Olimpiu G. Urcan: “Magnus is the world’s highest-rated chess player for 10 years and counting, highest rating in history, nearly 40 super-tournament wins, longest unbeaten streak in top-level standard play, four world championship titles and counting.” In chess enthusiasts’, journalists’, and elite players’ conversations, Magnus is considered one of the best chess players of all time, with Kasparov and Fischer holding their spots at the top. The Norwegian GM transitioned from young world-class player to all-time great, and in Nepo’s words “He wasn’t one to pay attention because Norway didn’t have a chess tradition, like Russia” A 13-year-old prodigy Carlsen’s impressive memory and puzzle skills at a very young age, led his father to introduce him to chess when he was only five. After the tremendous talent recognized by his family, Carlsen was coached by Norway’s top player, the seven-time national champion GM Simen Agdestein, who with former Norwegian junior champion Torbjorn Ringdal Hansen helped Carlsen increase his rating by more than 1,000 points in the year 2000. Two of Carlsen’s most memorable early successes were his draws against Garry Kasparov, then the number-one player in the world, and GM Anatoly Karpov, one month before he became the second-youngest GM in history. The Youngest 2800 In History At the age of 18, Carlsen won the Pearl Spring Chess Tournament, with 8/10 points, finishing 2.5 points ahead of the top-rated player in the world at the time, GM Veselin Topalov. This tournament was not only the herald of his win at the 2013 Candidates Tournament, but it also gave him 29 rating points and a new rating of 2801. At that moment, Magnus became the fifth player in history to break 2800 and (still) the youngest to do so. The highest rating in FIDE’s history In December 2012, Carlsen won the 2012 London Chess Classic, finishing ahead of legendary GMs, including Kramnik, Michael Adams, Nakamura, Anand, Aronian, and Polgar. After his performance at the London Chess Classic, Carlsen broke Kasparov’s 13-year-old rating record (2851), and in January 2013, he reached the highest rating in FIDE’s history (2861). Carlsen vs Anand (2013) Magnus celebrated his first World Championship title by jumping fully clothed into a pool, Video: NorwegianVideos Youtube In April 2013, Carlsen won the 2013 Candidates Tournament on tiebreaks over the world’s number-two player at the time, Vladimir Kramnik, and was ready for the match of his life in Chennai, India, against the local legend Vishy Anand. At that point, the two GMs had almost 100 rating points difference, but Anand was the undisputed Champion from 2007 to 2013. After 10 long games, Carlsen became the World Champion by a score of 6.5-3.5, celebrating his 23-birthday in the best way possible. This Championship made Carlsen the second-youngest World Champion in chess history, only surpassed by Garry Kasparov, who stated at the Time Magazine: “The guard has been changed at the top of the chess world”. Carlsen vs Karjakin (2016) Photo: World Chess In 2016, it was Carlsen who defended his title against GM Sergey Karjakin, who had won the 2015 FIDE World Cup over GM Fabiano Caruana. Draws ensued until the eighth game when the Russian player won the ninth game with Black and made Carlsen walk out of his press conference after that game. In the 10th game, Carlsen evened the score, and the match was led to rapid tiebreaks, after some long and shaky draws. It turned out Carlsen had the mental toughness to bounce back and eventually become the World Champion for the second consecutive time. Carlsen vs Caruana (2018) Photo: Niki Riga / World Chess In November 2018, Caruana made it to the Challenger’s chair and was more than determined to take the crown from Carlsen. After 12 frightful games, the two GMs ended in a tie and the Title was to be decided at the tiebreaks. Even though many complained that Carlsen offered a draw in a better position, the World Champion later explained that he was confident in his ability to win the tiebreaks, which he did impressively. After taking all three rapid games, the Norwegian GM held the Cup one more time. Carlsen vs Nepomniachtchi (2021) Photo: Eric Rosen The 2021 World Championship match between Carlsen and Russian’s No.1 and 2021 Challenger Ian Nepomniachtchi is ongoing with the 3rd game leaving everyone with a slight disappointment. Despite the three draws, it feels that the two GMs are playing what appears to be the most accurate (according to engines) FIDE World Championship game of chess ever. https://twitter.com/cynophi/status/1465301046390104066Carlsen, in his last newspaper interview before the Championship, stated that he is less hungry: “I think you’re always going to be if you’re playing for the world title for the fifth time, rather than the first.”. On the other hand, the World Champion has played more than 3,000 games since January 2021, and has won four major tournaments over the year! Today, on his fourth game defending the World Title, Magnus is likely to get a warm welcome at the playing hall, but will probably try to ignore the noise as he is famously focused on the games. His supporters hope he will have plenty to celebrate after the match finishes!
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16 Draws In a Row In World Chess Championship Games
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16 Draws In a Row In World Chess Championship GamesGame 2 of the World Chess Championship Match taking place in Dubai marked the 16th draw in a row for the event in classic time controls. The last decisive game was played in November 2016 — that’s more than five years ago. Carlsen and Nepo talking to the arbiter and submit their score sheets after game 2 of the World Chess Championship match in Dubai. Photo by Eric Rosen/FIDE Carlsen won game 11 of the 2016 Match against Sergey Karjakin in New York to level the score. He eventually won the match on tie-breaks in rapid time controls. All 12 games of the Carlsen — Caruana 2018 match were drawn, attracting criticism to the fact that the World Championship crown in classic chess is being decided in speed chess. This year, FIDE, the sport’s governing body, has decided to increase the number of games from 12 to 14 and changed the time controls: now the players have 120 minutes for their first 40 moves and another 60 minutes for their next 20, making them mindful of time. When asked during the press conference about potential time trouble, Carlsen said that the current time control is appropriate in his opinion and makes players take into account both strategy and time management. Carlsen’s challenger Ian Nepomniachtchi is less pleased with the new time controls: they were less demanding in the qualifiers for the Match and the new system requires some getting used to. Game 3 of the FIDE World Chess Championship Match takes place today, followed by a rest day. Nepo plays with White. You can follow the game and commentary live on World Chess.
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World Chess Championship: a Puzzling Draw
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World Chess Championship: a Puzzling DrawThe second game of the World Chess Championship 2021 between the World Champion Magnus Carlsen and the Challenger Ian Nepomniachtchi is has ended in a draw after 58 moves. It was a tense and complex game despite the peaceful outcome. Photo: FIDE (Niki Riga and Eric Rosen) The game started with the ceremonial e4 move played by the FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich. Carlsen changed it a few seconds later to d4 and a very well prepared Catalan. https://twitter.com/theworldchess/status/1464587977913520128Carlsen puzzled the experts from the beginning by deviating from the mainstream theory and entering into a complicated middlegame. Even elite players who commented on the game couldn’t really get a grasp of the position, making it even more interesting. Nigel Short, FIDE official and former challenger, replied to all the chess enthusiasts who were spotting inaccuracies during the game. https://twitter.com/nigelshortchess/status/1464619416860119050After two games in the 2021 World Championship match, both Carlsen and Nepomniachtchi have shown an exceptional level of preparation, but believe that Carlsen’s analysis is slightly stronger. However, the pundits commend Nepo for being able to create winning opportunities during the last game. Carlsen himself confessed that he had completely missed Nepomniachtchi’s 18th move, but he still crafted some manoeuvres, which lead to a black’s error on move 24, and eventually to a draw. https://twitter.com/olimpiuurcan/status/1464602005083590659The match is best-of-14 games with a prize fund of 2 million euros, with 60 percent for the winner. Each win is worth a point and each draw is half point. The first player to reach 7.5 points will be the winner. (If the match should be tied after 14 games, the players will proceed to a series of tie-breaker games.) It’s two more games than in the 2018 World Championship Match. The venue for the event is in downtown Dubai at the Dubai Expo. The match’s sponsors include Algorand, a leading blockchain company; Kaspersky, the official cyber security partner; and PhosAgro, a giant international fertilizer group. Games start at 12:30 UTC. You can follow the games live on World Chess.
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Time To Say Dubai: Round 2 of the Match
Time To Say Dubai: Round 2 of the Match
Time To Say Dubai: Round 2 of the Match World Chess Championship Stream Live from Dubai