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Carlsen - Nepomniachtchi World Championship Match

Magnus Carlsen7.5/11(+4 -0 =7)[games]
Ian Nepomniachtchi3.5/11(+0 -4 =7)[games]
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Carlsen - Nepomniachtchi World Championship Match (2021)

The 2021 World Championship match between reigning champion Magnus Carlsen and challenger Ian Nepomniachtchi was a 14-game match under the auspices of FIDE. It was played at the Expo 2020 Exhibition Centre in Dubai, United Arab Emirates from 26 November to 10 December 2021. The chief arbiter was Mahdi Abdulrahim. Nepomniachtchi had qualified as challenger at the World Championship Candidates (2020/21) tournament.

The time control was 120 minutes for the first 40 moves, followed by 60 more minutes for the next 20 moves, then 15 more minutes to the end of the game with 30 seconds added per move from move 61. Draw agreements were not allowed before Black's 40th move. If 7-7 after 14 games, tiebreak games would be played to determine the winner, starting with a best-of-four rapid match at 25 minutes per player with a 10-second increment. If the match was still tied, up to five two-game blitz minimatches would be played at 5 minutes per player with a 3-second increment, the winner of any minimatch winning the championship. If the players remained tied, an Armageddon game would determine the champion.

The first 5 games were drawn. Game 6 was a thrilling battle where both sides had chances, but Carlsen ground out a win in 136 moves, the longest world championship game ever. Nepomniachtchi was unable to recover from this blow. He played markedly weaker in the remainder of the match, losing another 3 games and drawing 2. That gave Carlsen an insurmountable lead of 7½-3½, ending the match. Carlsen thus secured his fifth title, and successfully defended his title for the fourth time.

Elo Carlsen 2862 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 7½ Nepomniachtchi 2784 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 0 ½ 0 3½

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Wikipedia article: World Chess Championship 2021

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 page 1 of 1; 11 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Nepomniachtchi vs Carlsen ½-½452021Carlsen - Nepomniachtchi World Championship MatchC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
2. Carlsen vs Nepomniachtchi ½-½582021Carlsen - Nepomniachtchi World Championship MatchE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
3. Nepomniachtchi vs Carlsen ½-½412021Carlsen - Nepomniachtchi World Championship MatchC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
4. Carlsen vs Nepomniachtchi ½-½332021Carlsen - Nepomniachtchi World Championship MatchC42 Petrov Defense
5. Nepomniachtchi vs Carlsen ½-½432021Carlsen - Nepomniachtchi World Championship MatchC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
6. Carlsen vs Nepomniachtchi 1-01362021Carlsen - Nepomniachtchi World Championship MatchD02 Queen's Pawn Game
7. Nepomniachtchi vs Carlsen ½-½412021Carlsen - Nepomniachtchi World Championship MatchC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
8. Carlsen vs Nepomniachtchi 1-0462021Carlsen - Nepomniachtchi World Championship MatchC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
9. Nepomniachtchi vs Carlsen 0-1392021Carlsen - Nepomniachtchi World Championship MatchA13 English
10. Carlsen vs Nepomniachtchi ½-½412021Carlsen - Nepomniachtchi World Championship MatchC42 Petrov Defense
11. Nepomniachtchi vs Carlsen 0-1492021Carlsen - Nepomniachtchi World Championship MatchC53 Giuoco Piano
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Dec-21-21  nok: <meta> Yes. Server crashed at 17,000 people playing
Dec-22-21  Atterdag: <Karjakin’s wife complains about the Grand Prix wild card being given to Dubov ...>

Another move to pave way for Karjakin to get a seat closer to the zar's throne. Karjakin couldn't win the title himself, he couldn't mobilize the knights around Nepo, so he was in need of a scapegoat. Why not Dubov? Elementary, medieval thinking - let's burn the heretics!

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  HeMateMe: If I were Carlsen I wouldn't play a WC match in Russia.
Dec-22-21  Absentee: <keypusher: Down goes Lichess!>

One can only hope.

Dec-24-21  Doktorn: <One can only hope.> Why would one hope for that?
Dec-25-21  RookFile: Perfectly good website, nothing wrong with lichess.
Dec-25-21  Absentee: <RookFile: Perfectly good website, nothing wrong with lichess.>

Nothing wrong with lichess, plenty wrong with those who run it.

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  perfidious: Who oversees that site?
Dec-25-21  Doktorn: <Nothing wrong with lichess, plenty wrong with those who run it.> With a statement like that it sounds to me like you are upset you got banned/reprimanded. Not a great reflection on you to wish the site and all the free stuff they provide to users should go down just because you feel slighted. If you wish me to take you more serious you need to be more specific.

<Who oversees that site?> thibault is the founder and main developer of the site and the only employee (at least only only full time employee) of the site. All source code and all financial information of the site is shared with the public. It is registered as a French charity and is, I think, 100% funded by donations.

Dec-25-21  frankumber: I know this is not a very scientific analysis but MC hit IN over the head with a hammer and then nudged his body into the culvert with a dirty boot.
Dec-26-21  Lloyd Gross: Does anyone have an idea of what Nepo asked Magnus after losing when Magnus scrunched his face, raised his brow, and kinda shrugged in response?
Dec-26-21  MrMelad: <Lloyd Gross> Did you mean this one?

He said “that was the worst game ever played in a world championship match”

Dec-26-21  Lloyd Gross: Thank you MrMelad.
Dec-29-21  Lloyd Gross: Thank you to <devere> and <Atterdag> for the information on Fischer.
Dec-30-21  not not: quick question: which game of the match was memorable for Nepo in context of World Chess Championship history?


Jan-01-22  tuttifrutty: None. Magnus was so pragmatic ( like he said Wesley So was) and he did the same thing. I didn’t see any brilliant move to be excited about.
Jan-01-22  tuttifrutty: Happy new year.
Jan-01-22  Absentee: <not not: quick question: which game of the match was memorable for Nepo in context of World Chess Championship history?>

Probably all of them, for all the wrong reasons.

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  perfidious: As has been seen at this level, the underdog stayed with the favourite for a time, then cracked. Nothing much to tell.
Jan-05-22  Albertan: Stastics and Numbers:The World Championship in 5 Charts:

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  Messiah: It would be a pity to see Albertan being b& for the uncalled deluge of URLs through the site.
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  Dionysius1: <metatron2: There have been countless suggestions on cg, for the optimal WCC format, over the years. Almost in all cases that I saw, chess fans prefer:

1. Many games in classical time controls
2. No tie-breaks in faster time controls
3. Draw odds are not preferred as well, but many prefer it over rapid-tie-breaks, as the better option of two bad options.>

Sure, but why give primacy to what the fans want?

Chess is a great game, and a bit more than a parlour game (though how much more...).

That's a proper enough consideration for the commercial interests who have involved themselves in chess.

But its greatness isn't dependent on how fans want it to be.

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  Dionysius1: I reckon Nepo dodged a bullet. He got well paid for not winning, and World Champs do talk a lot about the pain of holding on to the title.

Be great Nepo, win beautiful games, and live a well-off and respected life.

Mar-01-22  Retireborn: Nepo joins some illustrious company; Lasker, Kasparov, and Anand were also blanked in World ch matches.
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  perfidious: <Retireborn>, as was Marshall.
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