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Ian Nepomniachtchi vs Magnus Carlsen
World Blitz Championship (2018) (blitz), St Petersburg RUS, rd 20, Dec-30
Sicilian Defense: Lasker-Pelikan. Sveshnikov Variation Chelyabinsk Variation (B33)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Dec-31-18  laskerdog: This game revealed the true master. Ian didnt show up and MC appealed to the arbeiter to dont start the clock.invein. After 2minutes Nepo shows up, but with just 1min. left his chances had crumbled. After å few moves Magnus offers a draw. He knew a win had to be earned properly.
Jan-01-19  Sokrates: Are you sure, <laskerdog>, it was Carlsen who offered the draw? I read elsewhere that it was Nepo.

<...a win had to be earmed properly> True. Just like a draw from the world champion has to be earned properly!

What if that draw had meant that Carlsen had not won the blitz championship? I acknowledge that Nepo and Carlsen know each other well and perhaps are friends even, but considering Carlsen's winning streak and supremacy in blitz, I'd say Nepo got the most out of this unfortunate incident, wouldn't you?

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  MissScarlett: The arbiter was quite right to start Nepo's clock. He should have said to Magnus: <Know your damn place!>
Jan-25-19  Sokrates: I stand corrected (thanks, <Tabanus>), it is actually Carlsen who offers the draw - seemingly accompanied by sort of excuses that he couldn't prevent the arbiter from starting the clock.

Still, this is a drag. Nepomniachtchi's intention was not getting a draw for free, but it is the inevitable result, when you face a friend who won't win because of your failure. Thus, N. made the mistake and C. paid for it. Luckily, it didn't obstruct C. from winning the tournament.

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