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Chess World Cup: Magnus Carlsen defends lead against Jan Nepomnyashchi


One day after the record match with a victory for defending champion Magnus Carlsen, there is another draw at the World Chess Championship. The next game is on Sunday.

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Carlsen and Nepomnjaschtschi played the sixth time in the seventh duel at this World Cup

Photo: Kamran Jebreili / dpa

World champion Magnus Carlsen has defended his lead at the World Chess Championship in Dubai.

One day after the record match, the Norwegian defending champion and his challenger Jan Nepomnyashchi agreed on a draw.

It is the sixth draw in the seventh duel.

Carlsen leads with his win on Friday against the Russians 4-3.

Because the Friday game, in which Carlsen took the lead with a win in the longest game in World Cup history, did not end until after midnight, two games were played on the same day for the first time at a World Chess Championship. He wasn't lacking in strength, said Nepomnyashchi, even if he got less sleep than usual after the previous game, which lasted almost eight hours.

Nepomnyashchi also started in his fourth game with the white pieces with the Spanish opening, until move 11 the game was even identical to Wednesday's game.

Then the challenger deviated from the course of game five and got the kind of little advantage that "usually vanishes," as Carlsen put it.

It is basically difficult to get more than a small advantage out of the opening.

With a few precise moves, the defending champion created the balance on the board.

Because draw bids are prohibited before move 40, both reeled the second half of the game with inconsequential moves and shared the point on move 41.

"The match is going well, but there is still a long way to go," Carlsen said.

In the eighth game this Sunday, the 31-year-old Norwegian has the white stones.

The eighth game is on the schedule on Sunday (1.30 p.m. / CET), when Carlsen has the right to start.

A maximum of 14 games are played, the starting right changes after each match.

One point is awarded for a win and half a point for a draw.

Whoever reaches 7.5 points first is world champion.

Carlsen, who successfully defended his title in 2014, 2016 and 2018, has known his opponent since childhood.

Nepomnyashchi had prevailed against seven other top players in the candidates' tournament.

The world number five from Russia led before the World Cup in a direct comparison with industry leader Carlsen with 4: 1 wins in six draws.

ara / sid / dpa

Source: spiegel

All sports articles on 2021-12-04

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