Round 6 of the FIDE World Championship was performed at this time between the reigning champion, GM Magnus Carlsen and his challenger, GM Ian Nepomniachtchi.
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Carlsen, enjoying with White, went for one more Catalan, with echoes of the second recreation he had performed in opposition to Nepomniachtchi. Carlsen was once more the primary to differ the opening, once more by providing a pawn for higher piece exercise. Although Nepomniachtchi appeared to be taken unexpectedly, utilizing up half-hour of his time by transfer 10, he appeared assured in dealing with Carlsen’s opening.
Nepomniachtchi’s place even appeared to be extra snug for him, and Carlsen started utilizing up his time to contemplate his subsequent strikes. On transfer 26 Carlsen traded his queen for each of Nepomniachtchi’s rooks. This is taken into account a barely beneficial commerce for the participant who retains each rooks on the elite degree of the sport. The imbalance in materials introduced some indications Carlsen could also be making an attempt to eke out the grinding victories from small imbalances he has made his attribute approach, however to most commentators the benefits appeared microscopic.
With each gamers in extreme time bother earlier than the primary section of further time was added, it appeared like each had wonderful possibilities. But, the time stress being what it’s, each blundered and blundered again into equality. At transfer 40, with the extra time management, a draw once more appeared to be the most probably consequence. Both gamers continued making an attempt to grind down the place, with Carlsen slowly profiting from it — though once more coming into time stress. Even so, a draw nonetheless appeared just like the most probably consequence and Nepomniachtchi’s group have been optimistic he would handle to carry it to a draw.
Yet Carlsen, transfer after grueling transfer, continued placing Nepomniachtchi via the meat grinder. Inch by incremental inch, Carlsen gained a bonus within the endgame, constructed it up with a beneficial commerce on transfer 79 after calculating at transfer 75, and pitted Nepomniachtchi into an endgame which is theoretically drawn, however vastly tougher for a human opponent enjoying with black to defend in opposition to.
Even at transfer 129 — surpassing the earlier file for longest World Championship recreation (Korchnoi v Karpov, 1978, recreation 5; 124 strikes lengthy ending in stalemate), nearly each transfer for black was drawing. Yet White, having so many extra choices, was capable of finding a profitable line, and it was actually over with 131… Qh6+ after which the one two logical strikes White has are profitable (there’s a third choice, but it surely instantly loses materials). From there, Carlsen was simply in a position to advance his pawns, and Nepomniachtchi resigned after 7 hours, 45 minutes of play, and 136 strikes. This recreation was the longest (in variety of strikes) and in addition the primary World Championship recreation to be performed over two days (beginning at 16:30 native time, and ending round 00:15 native time).
(GM Nijat Abasov achieved the GM title at simply 15. He was Azeri nationwide champion in 2017, additionally profitable the Baku Open the identical yr. He has performed the Tata Steel Challengers and the Grand Swiss (twice), amongst many different tournaments, reaching his all-time peak score of 2670 in February 2020. He just lately represented Azerbaijan on the European Team Championships, profitable a board prize with a efficiency score of 2760).