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Magnus Carlsen vs Ian Nepomniachtchi
Carlsen - Nepomniachtchi World Championship Match (2021), Dubai UAE, rd 6, Dec-03
Queen Pawn Game: Symmetrical Variation. Pseudo-Catalan (D02)  ·  1-0

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Dec-08-21  Ulhumbrus: Carlsen said that a player had to take his chances.

Let us assume that Nepomniachtchi tried to do just that, as he indicated at the press conference.

Then what was wrong with that?

What was wrong was that in order to do that the chances had to actually exist.

It was not profitable for Nepomniachtchi to gain winning chances if in return he gave Carlsen more winning chances.

Carlsen said at the press conference that there were more ways for Black to go wrong than there were ways for White to go wrong.

So Nepomniachtchi was wrong to think that he was taking his chances because the chances did not in fact exist.

That is because Nepomniachtchi was conceding more chances to win for Carlsen than Nepomniachtchi was gaining chances to win for himself.

This meant in effect that Nepomniachtchi gambled and lost.

This is not what Carlsen meant by taking one's chances. He meant that the chances had to favour him before he took them.

Dec-08-21  stridergene: The previous longest game in a world championship was Game 5 of 1978 match between Viktor Korchnoi and Anatoly Karpov. Its a Nimzo-Indian Defense leading to a grueling Bishop endgame spanning 124 moves and finally ending in the stalemating of Black (Karpov's) King. Korchnoi later explained that since he could not beat Karpov, he would simply stalemate him, adding that it gave him great pleasure to do this to the world champion. The game was adjourned twice. Korchnoi overlooked a checkmate-in-7 on move 55.
Dec-09-21
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  jnpope: <<saffuna>: Supposedly 130...Qb1 or 130...Qc2 were the only moves to preserve the draw.

Did anybody--anybody?--think those were the best moves? Can anybody explain why those moves hold when others don't?>

It looks like the b1-h7 (and later a1-h8) diagonals are important for pestering White's forces. All the lines I've played through so far indicate that Black draws by harassing the White king from behind and staying on the 2nd rank until White commits his forces further up the board. Which seems completely counter-intuitive.

I've been playing through the ending variations using the free 7-man Lomonsov Tablebase app. I recommend anyone interested in how to draw this ending find a playable tablebase app to see how the draw is maintained. I've found it highly instructive for a very "not obvious" drawn position. I think this game and it's ending, more than anything else, has made me a Carlsen fan.

Dec-09-21
Premium Chessgames Member
  saffuna: Thank you!
Dec-10-21
Premium Chessgames Member
  chancho: The game that broke Nepo's back.
Dec-11-21  jerseybob: <cehertan: 10 Nbd2 is such a modern day gambit. Whites compensation seems so nebulous but computer prep evidently says otherwise.> Would Fischer have ventured 10...cxb3? It seems obvious to me: he would've! And then who knows the result? But after backing away from this early challenge, a chessic glove slap if you will, it seems foreordained that black will lose. And losing this long discouraging game 6 was the end of Nepo in the match. Very much like Petrosian vs Fischer in 1971.
Dec-11-21  amadeus: A nice final position. Best game of the match.
Dec-13-21  Albertan: ‘´´Thé Game that broke Nepo’´: GM Nakamura analyzes Game 5 of the Match in this 60 minute video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ass...

Dec-16-21  Sally Simpson: Here, from this Carlsen - Nepo game (Black to play)


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Black cannot play 133...Qxf5 due to 134.Ng7+

I found H. Boca - B. Lichtinger, Bayern, 2004.


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(white to play)

and an RHP game where White DID NOT play...


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...the same winning idea, that game was eventually drawn.

All this at my Christmas Special;

https://www.redhotpawn.com/chess-bl...

Including a wonderful Vladimir Korolkoc study and a truly awful Christmas Cracker Chess Joke.

Dec-24-21  Lassannn: So what are we gonna nickname this game? Because playing against Magnus is like kickboxing against a terminator. It's a classic Magnus game: he finds first a material imbalance and pure chess in the middlegame, seizes the initiative, and then the slight advantage of being able to press, without risk, for a win while his opponent can only defend, not attack or retaliate. Magnus absolutely refuses to give up. My choice for nickname is "I am...inevitable."
Jan-14-22  dunkenchess: What is the opening for game 6
Jan-15-22  dunkenchess: Is game 6 a Catalan Opening of the queen side. Anyone
Jan-15-22
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  keypusher: <dunkenchess: Is game 6 a Catalan Opening of the queen side. Anyone>

According to Opening Explorer on this website b2-b3 knocks it out of Catalan territory. Just call it a Queen's Pawn Game.

Why do you care? The name of the opening is pretty much the least interesting thing about this game.

Jan-15-22  dunkenchess: Ty Pusher it's Queen's Pawn game. It was very wrong for Nepo to give his 2 rooks for the queen that cost the game. It could have gone for another draw had he did not gave his 2 rooks on move 25.
Jan-15-22  SChesshevsky: <Is game 6 a Catalan Opening...>

Looks more of a try for a Reti double fianchetto with a deferred c4. Which believe Carlsen has setup before.

Feels like something probably went slightly wrong as don't think position as of 16. Bg5 was whites opening plan.

Feb-06-22  EvanTheTerrible: How has this not been game of the day?
Feb-06-22
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  Williebob: <EvanTheTerrible: How has this not been game of the day?>

Ongoing deliberation over pun material in the back office.
Apr-12-22
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  whiteshark: The moment when Nepo resigned the game: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1H... (19 sec)
Apr-12-22  MatrixManNe0: My opinion is that the GOTD title for this should just be "Game Six," a nod to The 1998 Bulls' win over the Utah Jazz in Game Six, considered one of Michael Jordan's greatest games, and the one that led to his final championship ring.
Apr-12-22
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  MissScarlett: <My opinion is that the GOTD title for this should just be "Game Six>

I estimate the chance of this happening as between nought and zero.

Apr-12-22  MatrixManNe0: That's why it's a personal opinion and not a strong suggestion
May-24-22  TheaN: <VerySeriousExpert: Magnus Carlsen's 10.Nbd2? is a very weak gambit. In fact, it's a handicap gambit (like the Jerome gambit, for example).>

Eh. Reading this just now, but intriguing. This is <nowhere near> the unsoundness of the Jerome. It's entirely common in the Catalan to give up c4, whether it is by just leaving the Black pawn or allowing cxb3.

Fwiw, here 10....cxb3 11.Nxb3 cannot be good for Black. SF gives the somewhat dubious 11....Ba3, trading whilst up, followed by the weirdly looking 12.Na5 ⩲ which locks the queen side up. Don't think I would consider either move, but White has the initiative here: I doubt Pb7 can be saved, and if so, make a lot of concessions doing so.

May-25-22  paavoh: <keypusher: Why do you care? The name of the opening is pretty much the least interesting thing about this game.>

Or about almost any game. At least for me, remembering the move order helps more than a string like <King's Indian Defense: Saemisch. Bobotsov-Korchnoi-Petrosian Variation>

Jun-05-22
Premium Chessgames Member
  Check It Out: This is one for the ages.
Jul-05-22  ajile: 11..h6 might have been better to prevent Bg5.
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