[Event "World Chess Championship 2021"] [Site "Dubai, UAE"] [Date "2021.11.26"] [Round "1"] [White "Nepomniachtchi, Ian"] [Black "Carlsen, Magnus"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "C88"] [WhiteElo "2782"] [BlackElo "2855"] [Annotator "Llewellyn,Alan"] [PlyCount "89"] [EventDate "2021.??.??"] {[%evp 0,89,26,34,31,31,42,19,8,-25,-38,-63,-33,-58,-58,-51,5,-46,-7,3,34,34, 34,30,30,-4,-4,5,28,-11,3,-27,-32,-35,4,-15,30,35,46,1,53,1,24,4,10,10,31,11, 18,9,74,69,66,23,15,21,38,24,41,22,58,-10,3,-10,-3,-3,30,30,20,0,25,-10,-24, -24,-24,-52,-49,-79,-73,-95,30,33,57,26,52,76,52,52,44,44,44,38]} 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 {This opening is known as the Ruy Lopez after its inventor from the 15th century, these moves are all standard to millions of games of chess.} (4. Bxc6 dxc6 5. Nxe5 Qd4 $11) 4... Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 O-O 8. h3 Na5 $6 $14 {This move is very provocative, the point is for the gambit e5 pawn Magnus gets two bishops while Nepo loses one of his.} 9. Nxe5 Nxb3 10. axb3 Bb7 11. d3 d5 12. exd5 Qxd5 13. Qf3 Bd6 14. Kf1 Rfb8 (14... Qxe5 $6 15. Qxb7 $1 (15. Rxe5 $4 Bxf3 16. Rg5 Bd1 17. Na3 h6 18. Rf5 Bxa3 19. bxa3 Bxc2 20. b4 $4 Bxd3+ 21. Kg1 Bxf5 $19) 15... Qh2 16. Qf3 Rae8 17. Be3 $16) 15. Qxd5 Nxd5 16. Bd2 {Stopping Nb4 which ties down all whites Queenside pawns} c5 {Magnus was still in preperation, this positions are well known and it was Magnus who diverged with the 8...Na5} 17. Nf3 Rd8 18. Nc3 (18. Ba5 $14 { this disconfragulates Magnuses Rooks}) 18... Nb4 $1 19. Rec1 Rac8 (19... c4 $2 20. bxc4 bxc4 21. dxc4 Be5 $4 22. Bg5 f6 23. Nxe5 fxg5 24. c5 Rac8 25. Ra5 Rd2 26. Nc4 Rxc2 27. Rxc2 Nxc2 28. Nd6 Rc7 29. Ra4 {and the knight is trapped...}) 20. Ne2 Nc6 (20... Be7 $11 {with the Bishop on e7 , c4 becomes a real threat with ideas of taking out the defence of d2 with Bxf3...}) (20... Bxf3 $2 21. gxf3 Be5 22. Bc3 $16) 21. Be3 Ne7 $6 $14 (21... Ne5 22. Nd2 f5 $11) 22. Bf4 $6 $11 Bxf3 $1 {#this is the right moment to give up the Bishop pair in order to weaken Nepos Kingside pawns.} 23. gxf3 Bxf4 24. Nxf4 Rc6 (24... Nc6 25. Rxa6 Nb4 26. Ra5 c4 27. Rxb5 cxd3 28. Rxb4 d2 29. Rd1 Rxc2 30. Nd5 $3 Rc1 31. Ne3 Re8 32. Ke2 f5 33. Kxd2 Rc6 $18) 25. Re1 Nf5 26. c3 Nh4 $1 27. Re3 Kf8 $1 ( 27... Rf6 28. Nd5 $3 Rxf3 (28... Rxd5 $4 29. Re8#) 29. Rxa6 Rxe3 30. fxe3 $16) 28. Ng2 Nf5 29. Re5 g6 $1 30. Ne1 (30. Ne3 f6 31. Re4 $11 (31. Rd5 $4 Nxe3+ 32. fxe3 Rxd5 $19)) 30... Ng7 31. Re4 f5 (31... h6 $11) 32. Re3 Ne6 33. Ng2 b4 $3 { going after the b3 pawn} 34. Ke2 {The King comes to the rescue of the Queenside but not without a loss of the ailling b3 pawn.} Rb8 35. Kd2 bxc3+ 36. bxc3 Rxb3 37. Kc2 Rb7 (37... Rcb6 $4 38. Rxe6 Rb2+ 39. Kc1 R6b3 40. c4 Rxf2 41. Ne1 Rb7 42. Re5 Rh2 43. Rxa6 Rxh3 44. Rc6 Rh1 45. Rcxc5 $18) 38. h4 Kf7 (38... Nd4+ $3 {he saw this for sure but didnt go for it...} 39. Kd1 (39. cxd4 $4 cxd4+ 40. Kd2 dxe3+ 41. Nxe3 $19) 39... Nb3 40. Rb1 Rb5 41. Re2 c4 42. Reb2 Rd6 43. Kc2 cxd3+ 44. Kd1 Rdb6 45. c4 Rb4 46. Ne3 Rb8 47. Nd5 R4b7 48. Nf4 a5 49. Nxd3 a4 50. Ne5 Rd8+ 51. Kc2 Re7 52. f4 $4 Rd4 $1 $19 (52... Rd2+ 53. Kc3)) 39. Ree1 Kf6 40. Ne3 $6 $15 Rd7 $6 $11 (40... Nf4 $1 41. Nc4 Re7 42. Rxe7 Kxe7 43. Ra5 Kf6 44. Ne3 h6 $15) (40... Nd4+ $4 41. cxd4 cxd4+ 42. Nc4 $18) 41. Nc4 { now it is drawn as if Rc8 by black after Rxa6!!, the move Nd4 by Magnus is illegal due to the knight on e6 being pinned to the King even after Blacks next move.} Re7 42. Ne5 Rd6 (42... Nd4+ $4 {a similar theme to the previous Nd4 move on move 40.} 43. cxd4 cxd4+ 44. Nc4 $18) 43. Nc4 Rc6 44. Ne5 Rd6 45. Nc4 1/2-1/2 [Event "World Chess Championship 2021"] [Site "Dubai, UAE"] [Date "2021.11.27"] [Round "2"] [White "Carlsen, Magnus"] [Black "Nepomniachtchi, Ian"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "E06"] [WhiteElo "2855"] [BlackElo "2782"] [Annotator "Llewellyn,Alan"] [PlyCount "116"] [EventDate "2021.??.??"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. g3 {Its a Catalan Opening} Be7 5. Bg2 O-O 6. O-O dxc4 7. Qc2 b5 $6 $14 (7... a6 $11 {this is the usual handling of this opening, although the move played does have better results but is harder to play.}) 8. Ne5 $2 $17 (8. a4 b4 9. Nfd2 Nd5 10. Nxc4 $14) 8... c6 $2 $11 (8... Qxd4 $3 9. Bxa8 Qxe5 10. Bf4 Qh5 11. Bf3 Ng4 12. h4 e5 13. Be3 Bxh4 14. gxh4 Qxh4 15. Rd1 Qh2+ 16. Kf1 Nxe3+ 17. fxe3 Na6 18. Ke1 Nb4 19. Qc3 Qg1+ $19) ( 8... Nd5 $2 $11) 9. a4 Nd5 (9... Nbd7 $4 10. Nxc6 Qe8 11. Nxe7+ Qxe7 12. Bxa8 $18 {that lines wasnt going to occur in the game in a million years but shows how dangerous whites attack along the a8-h1 diagonal can be.}) 10. Nc3 $1 $15 ( 10. axb5 cxb5 11. b3 cxb3 12. Qxb3 b4 13. Nd2 Bb7 14. Ndc4 Nd7 15. Bb2 Nxe5 16. dxe5 a5 $15) 10... f6 $1 11. Nf3 Qd7 12. e4 $3 {while watching the game i pointed out this natural looking reaction to Nd5 but someone pointed out that the d3 square was weak and I assumed Magnus would see that it was a wek move but the Knight on d3 alone does little....} Nb4 13. Qe2 Nd3 14. e5 $2 $17 Bb7 $6 $15 (14... b4 $17) 15. exf6 Bxf6 16. Ne4 $1 Na6 17. Ne5 $2 $17 (17. Nxf6+ $11) 17... Bxe5 (17... Nxe5 $2 18. dxe5 Bxe5 19. Ng5 Qd6 20. axb5 Nb4 21. Qxc4 Nd5 22. Re1 cxb5 23. Qe4 Rf5 24. Bh3 Raf8 25. Bxf5 Rxf5 26. Rxa7 Bc6 27. Rd1 h6 28. Ra6 hxg5 29. Qc2 Nb4 30. Rxd6 Bxd6 $18) 18. dxe5 Nac5 19. Nd6 Nb3 20. Rb1 Nbxc1 21. Rbxc1 Nxc1 22. Rxc1 {now the computers like Nepos position but it is far from clear whether he is winning from here though, and Magnus said he made blunders and was basically winging it....'I didnt intend to give away so much material for the well placed Knight', he said.} Rab8 $6 $17 23. Rd1 Ba8 $6 $15 {There is a saying,' a Bishop on a8 isnt great'} 24. Be4 c3 25. Qc2 g6 26. bxc3 bxa4 27. Qxa4 Rfd8 28. Ra1 c5 29. Qc4 Bxe4 30. Nxe4 {threatening the childsplay Royal fork with Nf6+.} Kh8 31. Nd6 Rb6 32. Qxc5 (32. Qf4 Rdb8 33. Nf7+ Kg8 34. Nh6+ Kg7 35. Qf6+ $4 {I dont think there is an effective King hunt on} (35. Ng4 $15) 35... Kxh6 36. g4 Qd8 37. g5+ Kh5 38. Qf3+ Kxg5 39. Rxa7 Rb1+ 40. Kg2 Qd5 $19) 32... Rdb8 33. Kg2 a6 34. Kh3 Rc6 35. Qd4 Kg8 36. c4 Qc7 37. Qg4 Rxd6 {Nepo gives up going for the win and tries for an even position but its not an easy draw as in the next few moves, the number of pawn islands comes to the fore- ie the greater number of pawn islands has the disadvantage.} (37... Qd7 38. Ne4 Rxc4 (38... Kh8 $11) 39. Nf6+ Kg7 40. Nxd7 Rxg4 41. Nxb8 Re4 42. f4 g5 43. Kg4 gxf4 44. gxf4 Re2 45. Rxa6 Rxh2 46. Rxe6 $18) 38. exd6 Qxd6 39. c5 $1 Qxc5 $6 $16 (39... Qc6 $6 40. Qc4 Rb5 $11) 40. Qxe6+ Kg7 41. Rxa6 Rf8 (41... Qc8 $2 {trying to force the swap off of Queens, immediately, actually seems to lose...} 42. Ra7+ Kh6 43. Rd7 Qc5 44. Kg2 Rb6 45. Qh3+ Qh5 46. Qxh5+ gxh5 $18) 42. f4 Qf5+ $5 {this way draws} 43. Qxf5 Rxf5 44. Ra7+ Kg8 45. Kg4 Rb5 46. Re7 Ra5 47. Re5 Ra7 48. h4 Kg7 49. h5 (49. Kg5 Rb7 50. g4 $4 h6#) 49... Kh6 50. Kh4 Ra1 51. g4 Rh1+ 52. Kg3 gxh5 53. Re6+ Kg7 54. g5 Rg1+ 55. Kf2 Ra1 56. Rh6 Ra4 57. Kf3 (57. Kg3 Ra3+ 58. Kh4 Ra4 59. Rf6 h6 60. Kxh5 hxg5 61. Kxg5 Ra5+ 62. Rf5 Rxf5+ 63. Kxf5 Kf7 64. Ke5 Ke7 65. f5 Kf7 66. f6 Kf8 67. Ke6 Ke8 68. f7+ Kf8 69. Kf6 {stalemate}) 57... Ra3+ 58. Kf2 Ra4 1/2-1/2 [Event "World Chess Championship 2021"] [Site "Dubai, UAE"] [Date "2021.11.28"] [Round "3"] [White "Nepomniachtchi, Ian"] [Black "Carlsen, Magnus"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "C88"] [WhiteElo "2782"] [BlackElo "2855"] [Annotator "Llewellyn,Alan"] [PlyCount "81"] [EventDate "2021.??.??"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 O-O 8. a4 {This opening is a closed Ruy Lopez} (8. c3 $14 {this is usually played here}) 8... Bb7 9. d3 d6 10. Nbd2 {heading for the e3 square} Re8 11. Nf1 h6 12. Bd2 Bf8 13. Ne3 Ne7 14. c4 bxc4 (14... c6 15. Nh4 d5 16. exd5 cxd5 17. axb5 axb5 18. Rxa8 Bxa8 19. cxb5 Qb6 20. Ng4 e4 $11) 15. Nxc4 Nc6 (15... Rb8 {this believe it or not is a book move even 15 moves into the position}) 16. Rc1 a5 $1 (16... g6 $4 {say black ignores whites threats} 17. Na5 $3 Nxa5 18. Bxa5 Rc8 19. Bxf7+ Kxf7 20. Qb3+ Kg7 21. Qxb7 Re7 22. Rc6 Kg8 23. Rec1 Rf7 24. Bxc7 Qe8 25. Qxa6 Ra8 26. Qb5 $18) 17. Bc3 Bc8 18. d4 $1 (18. Qd2 Be6 $1 19. Bxa5 $2 Bxc4 20. Bxc7 Qxc7 21. Bxc4 $17) 18... exd4 19. Nxd4 Nxd4 20. Qxd4 Be6 $3 21. h3 {faced with the inability to take the a5 pawn due to it being bad, Ian spends 30 minutes thinking about his move then plays this nothing move. Probably because he wanted to wait and see what Magnus would try to do.} (21. Nxa5 $2 c5 22. Qd2 Bxb3 23. Nxb3 Rxa4 $15) (21. Bxa5 $2 Bxc4 22. Qxc4 Rxa5 23. Qxf7+ Kh8 24. Rxc7 Be7 $17) 21... c6 22. Bc2 d5 $1 {Magnus has immediately tried to challenge whites dominance in the centre with his majority in the central squares...} 23. e5 $3 dxc4 $1 (23... c5 $2 24. Qd3 dxc4 25. Qxd8 Rexd8 26. exf6 Rd7 $16 {the difference between this and the game is the move c5 has blocked in the bishop and prevents the swapping off of the otherwise dangerous c3 bishop.}) 24. Qxd8 Rexd8 25. exf6 Bb4 $1 26. fxg7 Bxc3 (26... Rd2 27. Be4 ( 27. Bxd2 Bxd2 28. Rxe6 $3 fxe6 29. Rd1 Rd8 30. Bb1 $14) 27... Bd5 28. Rc2 Rxc2 29. Bxc2 Bxc3 30. bxc3 $14) 27. bxc3 Kxg7 28. Kf1 Rab8 29. Rb1 (29. Re5 Rb2 $3 30. Rxa5 Rd2 31. Be4 Rxf2+ 32. Kg1 Bd5 33. Bxd5 cxd5 34. Rxd5 Rxg2+ 35. Kh1 Rh2+ 36. Kg1 Rbg2+ 37. Kf1 Rg6 $17 (37... Rh1+ $15) 38. Rdd1) 29... Kf6 30. Rxb8 Rxb8 31. Rb1 Rxb1+ 32. Bxb1 Ke5 33. Ke2 f5 34. Bc2 f4 35. Bb1 c5 36. Bc2 Bd7 37. f3 Kf6 38. h4 Ke5 39. Kf2 Kf6 40. Ke2 (40. g3 Ke5 41. g4 $3 ({taking the pawn looks good for White but its zugzwang (the act of making a move loses you the game).} 41. gxf4+ $4 Kxf4 42. Bd1 (42. Ke2 Bc6 43. Bg6 Bxf3+ 44. Kf2 Bc6 45. Bc2 Kg4 46. Ke3 Kxh4 47. Kf4 h5 48. Ke5 Kg3 49. Kd6 Bf3 50. Kxc5 h4 51. Kxc4 h3 52. Kb5 h2 53. Kxa5 h1=Q $19) (42. Kg2 Bc6 43. Bd1 Ke3 44. Kg3 Kd3 45. f4 Kxc3 46. f5 Kd2 47. f6 Be8 48. Bf3 c3 49. Be4 c2 50. Bxc2 Kxc2 51. Kf4 Kb3 52. Kf5 Bf7 53. Ke5 c4 54. Kd6 c3 55. Ke7 c2 56. Kxf7 c1=Q 57. Kg8 Qc8+ 58. Kg7 Qc3 59. Kg6 Kxa4 60. f7 Qc8 61. Kxh6 Qf8+ 62. Kg6 Kb5 63. h5 a4 64. h6 a3 65. h7 a2 66. h8=Q Qxh8 67. Kf5 a1=Q $19) 42... Bf5 43. Be2 Bd3 44. Bd1 Bb1 45. Be2 Ba2 46. Bd1 Bb3 $5 47. Be2 Bxa4 48. Bxc4 Bd1 49. Bd5 a4 50. Bf7 Bb3 $5 51. Bg6 a3 52. Bb1 a2 53. Bxa2 Bxa2 $19) 41... Bc6 42. g5 hxg5 43. hxg5 Bd7 44. Kg2 Bf5 45. Be4 $3) 40... Ke5 (40... Bf5 $4 {swapping bishops loses because white doesnt have doubled pawns.} 41. Bxf5 Kxf5 42. Kf2 h5 43. g3 fxg3+ 44. Kxg3 Ke5 45. Kg2 (45. f4+ $4 Ke4 46. f5 Kxf5 47. Kf3 $11) 45... Kf4 46. Kf2 Ke5 47. Ke3 Kf5 48. f4 Kg4 49. Ke4 Kxh4 50. f5 Kg5 51. Ke5 h4 52. f6 Kg6 53. Ke6 h3 54. f7 Kg7 55. Ke7 h2 56. f8=Q+ Kg6 57. Qh8 h1=Q 58. Qxh1 $18) 41. Kf2 {moving the g pawn isnt wise as its only Black who could win, so white moves the king backwards and forwards safe in the knowledge if Magnus tries to swap off Bishops the endgame is won for Ian.} 1/2-1/2 [Event "World Chess Championship 2021"] [Site "Dubai, UAE"] [Date "2021.11.30"] [Round "4"] [White "Carlsen, Magnus"] [Black "Nepomniachtchi, Ian"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "C42"] [WhiteElo "2855"] [BlackElo "2782"] [Annotator "Llewellyn,Alan"] [PlyCount "65"] [EventDate "2021.??.??"] {[%evp 0,65,16,48,18,18,24,32,52,59,44,-37,-11,-18,2,24,46,39,61,30,79,17,29, 59,103,103,109,54,51,51,51,60,104,46,58,45,47,-5,-36,-27,-27,0,0,20,42,42,42, 35,35,35,35,0,0,0,0,0,3,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0]} 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 {the Petroff Defence is pretty solid, sometimes known as the Russian Defence. This move is symetrical but not for long.} 3. Nxe5 d6 {the most common reply- the knight is dangerous on e5.} 4. Nf3 Nxe4 5. d4 d5 6. Bd3 Bd6 7. O-O O-O 8. c4 c6 9. Re1 Bf5 10. Qb3 Qd7 11. Nc3 Nxc3 12. Bxf5 Qxf5 13. bxc3 b6 14. cxd5 (14. c5 Bc7 $14) 14... cxd5 15. Qb5 Qd7 16. a4 Qxb5 $1 {a new move to well known theory- Nc6 was played before} 17. axb5 a5 18. Nh4 $6 $15 g6 {this is double edged it limits the Knight on h4 but it also weakens the king position.} 19. g4 $6 $15 Nd7 20. Ng2 Rfc8 $2 $11 {the white rook will infiltrate} 21. Bf4 $5 Bxf4 22. Nxf4 Rxc3 23. Nxd5 Rd3 24. Re7 Nf8 (24... Rd8 $4 25. Rxd7 $1 Rxd7 26. Nf6+ Kf8 27. Nxd7+ Ke7 28. Ne5 Rxd4 29. Re1 $18) 25. Nf6+ (25. Nxb6 Rb8 26. Nd5 Rxb5 27. Nf6+ Kg7 28. Ne8+ Kg8 29. d5 $11) 25... Kg7 26. Ne8+ Kg8 27. d5 (27. Rc1 { getting the pawn to g5, knight to f6 and other rook to c7 would end in checkmate but there is no way of doing that.} Rxd4 28. Rcc7 (28. Nf6+ Kg7 29. g5 Ne6 $17) 28... Rxg4+ 29. Kf1 Rf4) 27... a4 $3 28. Nf6+ Kg7 29. g5 a3 $1 30. Ne8+ Kg8 31. Nf6+ Kg7 32. Ne8+ Kg8 33. Nf6+ {the pawn was too much of a threat on a3 so magnus goes for forced draw.} 1/2-1/2 [Event "World Chess Championship 2021"] [Site "Dubai, UAE"] [Date "2021.12.01"] [Round "5"] [White "Nepomniachtchi, Ian"] [Black "Carlsen, Magnus"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "C88"] [WhiteElo "2782"] [BlackElo "2855"] [Annotator "Llewellyn,Alan"] [PlyCount "85"] [EventDate "2021.??.??"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 O-O 8. a4 (8. c3 {this one of the mainlines of the Ruy Lopez, it is Nepo who diverges slightly first.}) 8... Rb8 (8... Bb7 {this was the move Magnus played in game 2, this time he adopts a different strategy, you see the pawn on b5 is under threat and if black plays a nothing move like h6?? axb5 wins a pawn as axb5?? back loses the a8 Rook to the Rook on a1 in other words it forces a pin.}) 9. axb5 axb5 10. h3 d6 11. c3 b4 12. d3 bxc3 13. bxc3 d5 {this equalises and makes the pawn structure approach symmetry} 14. Nbd2 dxe4 15. dxe4 Bd6 16. Qc2 h6 17. Nf1 Ne7 18. Ng3 Ng6 19. Be3 Qe8 {in order the get Be6 in to neutralise the b3 Bishop.} 20. Red1 Be6 21. Ba4 Bd7 22. Nd2 Bxa4 23. Qxa4 (23. Rxa4 Rb2 24. Qxb2 Qxa4 25. Ra1 Qc6 $11) 23... Qxa4 24. Rxa4 Ra8 25. Rda1 Rxa4 26. Rxa4 Rb8 27. Ra6 Ne8 28. Kf1 Nf8 29. Nf5 Ne6 30. Nc4 Rd8 31. f3 f6 32. g4 Kf7 33. h4 (33. Ncxd6+ Nxd6 34. Nxd6+ Rxd6 35. Rxd6 cxd6 36. h4 Kg6 37. Kf2 h5 38. Kg3 $11 {this just simplifies to a drawn endgame}) 33... Bf8 34. Ke2 Nd6 35. Ncxd6+ Bxd6 36. h5 Bf8 37. Ra5 Ke8 38. Rd5 Ra8 39. Rd1 Ra2+ 40. Rd2 Ra1 {This game was played darn near perfectly but their was little to get excited about as the early game sacrifices have been replaced with steely tension.} 41. Rd1 (41. Kf2 Ra3 42. Rd3) 41... Ra2+ 42. Rd2 Ra1 43. Rd1 1/2-1/2 [Event "World Chess Championship 2021"] [Site "Dubai, UAE"] [Date "2021.12.03"] [Round "6"] [White "Carlsen, Magnus"] [Black "Nepomniachtchi, Ian"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "D02"] [WhiteElo "2855"] [BlackElo "2782"] [Annotator "Llewellyn,Alan"] [PlyCount "271"] [EventDate "2021.??.??"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 d5 3. g3 e6 4. Bg2 Be7 5. O-O O-O 6. b3 c5 7. dxc5 Bxc5 8. c4 dxc4 {accepting the c4 pawn even as a gambit is deamed not the best move due to white then having more pawns in the centre.} 9. Qc2 Qe7 (9... cxb3 $4 10. Qxc5 $18) 10. Nbd2 Nc6 $1 (10... cxb3 11. Nxb3 Bb6 $11) 11. Nxc4 b5 $3 { to see such a wild move played in a world championship is a joy.} 12. Nce5 (12. Nfe5 Nd4 13. Qb2 (13. Qd1 Bb7 $15) 13... bxc4 14. Bxa8 c3 15. Qxc3 $4 Nxe2+ 16. Kg2 Nxc3 $19) 12... Nb4 13. Qb2 Bb7 14. a3 Nc6 15. Nd3 Bb6 16. Bg5 Rfd8 17. Bxf6 gxf6 (17... Qxf6 $11 {this is drawish}) 18. Rac1 Nd4 $1 19. Nxd4 Bxd4 20. Qa2 Bxg2 21. Kxg2 Qb7+ 22. Kg1 Qe4 $1 {this prevents e3 being played as Bxe3 and Bxd3 would be disasterous for Magnus, even if the Knight is defended by Magnus I mean.} 23. Qc2 a5 24. Rfd1 Kg7 25. Rd2 (25. e3 {may be a better move than played}) 25... Rac8 $6 $14 26. Qxc8 Rxc8 27. Rxc8 Qd5 28. b4 a4 29. e3 Be5 30. h4 h5 31. Kh2 Bb2 32. Rc5 (32. Nxb2 Qxd2 $19) (32. Rxb2 Qxd3 33. Ra2 $11) 32... Qd6 33. Rd1 $2 $17 Bxa3 34. Rxb5 Qd7 35. Rc5 e5 36. Rc2 $2 $17 Qd5 $2 $11 (36... Bxb4 $17) 37. Rdd2 Qb3 38. Ra2 e4 (38... Bxb4 39. Rdb2 Qxd3 40. Rxb4 f5 41. Rbxa4 $16) 39. Nc5 Qxb4 40. Nxe4 $2 $11 Qb3 41. Rac2 Bf8 42. Nc5 Qb5 43. Nd3 a3 44. Nf4 Qa5 45. Ra2 Bb4 46. Rd3 Kh6 (46... Bc3 47. Nxh5+ Kh6 48. Nf4 Bb2 49. Rb3 Qe5 50. g4 Qe4 51. Kg3 Qc2 52. Rbxa3 (52. Rbxb2 $4 axb2 $19) 52... Qb1 53. Ra8 $18) 47. Rd1 Qa4 48. Rda1 Bd6 49. Kg1 Qb3 50. Ne2 Qd3 51. Nd4 Kh7 52. Kh2 Qe4 53. Rxa3 $3 Qxh4+ $6 $14 {the g pawn is pinned by the Bishop} (53... Bxa3 54. Rxa3 $11) 54. Kg1 Qe4 55. Ra4 Be5 56. Ne2 Qc2 57. R1a2 Qb3 58. Kg2 Qd5+ 59. f3 Qd1 60. f4 Bc7 61. Kf2 Bb6 62. Ra1 Qb3 (62... Qd3 63. R1a3 Bxe3+ $4 64. Kf3 Qd2 65. Rxe3 $18) 63. Re4 Kg7 64. Re8 f5 65. Raa8 Qb4 66. Rac8 Ba5 67. Rc1 Bb6 68. Re5 Qb3 69. Re8 Qd5 70. Rcc8 Qh1 71. Rc1 Qd5 72. Rb1 Ba7 73. Re7 Bc5 74. Re5 Qd3 75. Rb7 (75. Rxc5 $2 Qxb1 $11) 75... Qc2 76. Rb5 Ba7 77. Ra5 Bb6 78. Rab5 Ba7 79. Rxf5 Qd3 80. Rxf7+ $3 Kxf7 81. Rb7+ Kg6 82. Rxa7 Qd5 83. Ra6+ Kh7 84. Ra1 Kg6 {because of the extra time added each move and because Magnus in particular was dirt poor on time, Magnus tries to move aimlessly but assuredily for a number of moves in order to gain time, to take risks later when he has more time to think.} 85. Nd4 Qb7 86. Ra2 Qh1 87. Ra6+ Kf7 88. Nf3 Qb1 89. Rd6 Kg7 90. Rd5 Qa2+ 91. Rd2 Qb1 92. Re2 Qb6 93. Rc2 Qb1 94. Nd4 Qh1 95. Rc7+ Kf6 96. Rc6+ Kf7 97. Nf3 Qb1 98. Ng5+ Kg7 99. Ne6+ Kf7 100. Nd4 Qh1 101. Rc7+ Kf6 102. Nf3 Qb1 103. Rd7 Qb2+ 104. Rd2 Qb1 105. Ng1 Qb4 106. Rd1 Qb3 107. Rd6+ Kg7 108. Rd4 Qb2+ 109. Ne2 Qb1 110. e4 Qh1 111. Rd7+ Kg8 112. Rd4 Qh2+ 113. Ke3 h4 114. gxh4 Qh3+ 115. Kd2 Qxh4 116. Rd3 Kf8 117. Rf3 Qd8+ 118. Ke3 Qa5 119. Kf2 Qa7+ 120. Re3 Qd7 121. Ng3 Qd2+ 122. Kf3 Qd1+ 123. Re2 Qb3+ 124. Kg2 Qb7 125. Rd2 Qb3 126. Rd5 Ke7 127. Re5+ Kf7 128. Rf5+ Ke8 129. e5 { finally he begins the pawn march slowly but surely. I think they have already surpassed the last world record for number of moves in a world championship match.} Qa2+ 130. Kh3 Qe6 131. Kh4 Qh6+ 132. Nh5 Qh7 133. e6 Qg6 134. Rf7 $3 Kd8 (134... Qxe6 135. Ng7+ Kxf7 136. Nxe6 Kxe6 137. Kg5 Kf7 138. Kf5 Kg7 139. Ke6 Kf8 140. Kf6 Kg8 141. Ke7 Kg7 142. f5 Kg8 143. f6 Kh7 144. f7 Kg6 145. f8=Q $18) 135. f5 Qg1 136. Ng7 {The e6 pawn is unstoppable and the checks by Blacks Queen run out after the White King gets to g8, its all over in this game atleast. So atlast a result after 136 moves for Gods sake.} 1-0 [Event "World Chess Championship 2021"] [Site "Dubai, UAE"] [Date "2021.12.04"] [Round "7"] [White "Nepomniachtchi, Ian"] [Black "Carlsen, Magnus"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "C88"] [WhiteElo "2782"] [BlackElo "2855"] [Annotator "Llewellyn,Alan"] [PlyCount "81"] [EventDate "2021.??.??"] {[%evp 0,81,8,18,40,15,40,11,-2,-38,-6,-61,5,-37,-20,-36,-8,-24,28,44,54,21,21, 21,19,22,72,65,84,53,50,33,76,51,64,75,66,66,63,63,63,85,91,95,121,14,-4,-4,-4, -4,-5,-5,1,0,0,-2,-3,2,0,0,0,0,1,0,0,5,9,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0]} 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 O-O 8. a4 { Rather surprisingly Ian doesnt change his initial setup playing an anti-marshall Ruy Lopez as before and Magnus sees no reason to change his response.} Rb8 9. axb5 axb5 10. h3 d6 11. d3 {this system is slightly different to previous ones but it is a case of changing the deckchairs on the titanic, its much of a muchness.} h6 12. Nc3 Re8 13. Nd5 Bf8 14. Nxf6+ Qxf6 15. c3 Ne7 $1 {the Knight is a weakness on c6 and it relocates to g6, it is a weakness because it is undefended on c6 and stops the c pawn from advancing. And from g6 it could possibly go to f4 in particular.} 16. Be3 Be6 17. d4 exd4 18. cxd4 (18. Bxe6 $2 dxe3 19. Bd5 (19. Bxf7+ $4 Qxf7 $19) 19... exf2+ 20. Kxf2 b4 21. Qd2 c6 22. Bc4 $17) 18... Bxb3 19. Qxb3 Ng6 20. Rec1 {the wrong rook} ( 20. Rac1 Rxe4 21. Rxc7 $14) 20... c5 $1 21. e5 $1 {desperation for some complications.} Qf5 $5 {this seems to lose a pawn but it doesnt} (21... c4 $2 { This is the type of move that loses me so many games.} 22. exf6 cxb3 23. fxg7 Bxg7 $16) 22. dxc5 dxc5 23. Bxc5 Bxc5 24. Rxc5 Nxe5 25. Nxe5 Rxe5 26. Rxe5 (26. g4 Re1+ $3 27. Rxe1 Qxc5 $11) 26... Qxe5 27. Qc3 Qxc3 28. bxc3 Rc8 (28... Kf8 29. Rb1 Ke7 30. Rb4 Kd6 31. c4 {even this is drawn} Kc5 32. Rxb5+ Rxb5 33. cxb5 Kxb5 $11) 29. Ra5 Rxc3 30. Rxb5 {a top grandmaster will draw this endgame 100% of the time, its jut a matter of technique which they both have in abundance.} Rc1+ 31. Kh2 Rc3 32. h4 g6 33. g3 h5 34. Kg2 Kg7 35. Ra5 Kf6 36. Rb5 Kg7 37. Ra5 Kf6 38. Rb5 Kg7 39. Ra5 Kf6 40. Ra6+ Kg7 41. Ra7 1/2-1/2 [Event "World Chess Championship 2021"] [Site "Dubai, UAE"] [Date "2021.12.05"] [Round "8"] [White "Carlsen, Magnus"] [Black "Nepomniachtchi, Ian"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C43"] [WhiteElo "2855"] [BlackElo "2782"] [Annotator "Llewellyn,Alan"] [PlyCount "91"] [EventDate "2021.??.??"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. d4 Nxe4 4. Bd3 d5 5. Nxe5 Nd7 6. Nxd7 Bxd7 7. Nd2 (7. O-O Bd6 8. c4 c6 9. cxd5 cxd5 10. Nc3 Nxc3 11. bxc3 $11) 7... Nxd2 8. Bxd2 Bd6 $6 $14 9. O-O h5 10. Qe1+ Kf8 11. Bb4 Qe7 $5 12. Bxd6 Qxd6 13. Qd2 Re8 14. Rae1 Rh6 15. Qg5 $1 {the rook on h6 wants to transfer to e6 but cant because of the weak h pawn and this move} c6 16. Rxe8+ (16. h3 Rxe1 17. Rxe1 Qb4 18. Qd8+ Be8 19. Rxe8#) 16... Bxe8 17. Re1 Qf6 (17... Re6 $14) 18. Qe3 Bd7 19. h3 h4 20. c4 dxc4 (20... Kg8 $4 21. Qe8+ Bxe8 22. Rxe8#) 21. Bxc4 b5 $2 $16 (21... Kg8 $14) 22. Qa3+ $5 Kg8 23. Qxa7 $5 Qd8 $6 $16 (23... Bxh3 24. Qxf7+ Qxf7 25. Bxf7+ Kxf7 26. gxh3 $14) 24. Bb3 Rd6 25. Re4 $1 Be6 $6 $18 {simplifying is not the best idea but its probably lost anyway...} 26. Bxe6 Rxe6 27. Rxe6 fxe6 28. Qc5 Qa5 $6 $18 {actually heading towards a perpuetual check chance but Magnus has a wise head.} 29. Qxc6 Qe1+ 30. Kh2 Qxf2 31. Qxe6+ Kh7 32. Qe4+ $1 {defending the e1 square} Kg8 33. b3 Qxa2 34. Qe8+ Kh7 35. Qxb5 Qf2 36. Qe5 {defending the g3 and f4 squares froma perpuetual.} Qb2 37. Qe4+ (37. d5 $4 Qxe5+) 37... Kg8 38. Qd3 {defending both pawns} Qf2 (38... Qc1 $4 39. Qc4+ Qxc4 40. bxc4) 39. Qc3 {defending e1 and c1 squares...from perpuetual} Qf4+ 40. Kg1 Kh7 41. Qd3+ g6 42. Qd1 Qe3+ (42... Qd6 {A computer line goes like this...} 43. d5 Qc5+ 44. Kh1 Qd6 45. Qe1 Qxd5 46. Qxh4+ Kg7 47. Qe7+ Kg8 48. b4 Qc4 49. Qc5 Qf1+ 50. Kh2 Qf4+ 51. Kg1 g5 52. b5 g4 53. h4 g3 (53... Qe4 54. Qg5+ Kh8 55. Qf6+ Kh7 56. Kh2 Qe8 57. b6 Qb8+ 58. g3 Qb7 59. Qf5+ Kh8 60. Qh5+ Kg7 61. Qxg4+ Kh8 62. Qd4+ Kh7 63. Qf6 Qe4 64. Qb2 Qb7 65. h5 Kh6 66. Qb5 Kh7 67. Qd3+ Kg7 68. Qg6+ Kf8 69. h6 Qd5 70. h7 Qd2+ 71. Kh3 Qd7+ 72. g4 Qd5 73. h8=Q+ Ke7 74. Qhe8#) 54. Qg5+ Qxg5 55. hxg5 $18) 43. Kh1 g5 44. d5 g4 45. hxg4 h3 46. Qf3 1-0 [Event "World Chess Championship 2021"] [Site "Dubai, UAE"] [Date "2021.12.07"] [Round "9"] [White "Nepomniachtchi, Ian"] [Black "Carlsen, Magnus"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "A13"] [WhiteElo "2782"] [BlackElo "2855"] [Annotator "Llewellyn,Alan"] [PlyCount "78"] [EventDate "2021.??.??"] {[%evp 0,78,13,-24,-9,-47,-34,-61,-3,-12,-12,-13,4,40,40,11,53,36,26,2,2,2,49, 44,34,16,23,28,51,3,13,22,25,-4,-2,-11,17,-13,1,-8,6,7,79,6,20,-13,18,18,-21, 27,48,46,46,43,43,7,103,-62,-113,-116,-116,-116,-112,-133,-112,-191,-198,-198, -198,-198,-198,-198,-198,-198,-218,-255,-141,-173,-207,-214,-214]} 1. c4 { The english opening was to be expected as 1 e4 got Ian nowhere as Magnus is solid with those openings.} e6 2. g3 d5 3. Bg2 d4 4. Nf3 Nc6 5. O-O Bc5 6. d3 Nf6 7. Nbd2 a5 8. Nb3 Be7 9. e3 dxe3 (9... e5 10. exd4 exd4 11. Re1 O-O 12. Ne5 Nxe5 13. Rxe5 c6 14. Qe1 Bb4 15. Bd2 Bxd2 16. Qxd2 a4 17. Ra5 Rxa5 18. Nxa5 Re8 19. Re1 $11) 10. Bxe3 Ng4 $3 {Its on a weak undefended square but its a threat. ..} 11. Bc5 (11. Nfd4 $6 Nce5 12. a4 Nxe3 13. fxe3 O-O $15) (11. Ng5 $4 Nxe3 $19) 11... O-O 12. d4 (12. Nfd4 $2 Bxc5 13. Nxc6 Bxf2+ 14. Kh1 bxc6 15. Qxg4 a4 16. Rxf2 axb3 17. a4 $17) (12. Ng5 $2 Bxc5 13. Qxg4 Be7 14. f4 a4 15. Nd2 Qxd3 16. Be4 Qd4+ 17. Rf2 h6 18. Ndf3 Qxc4 19. Qh5 a3 20. Rc2 Qb4 21. bxa3 Rxa3 22. Bh7+ Kh8 23. Nxf7+ Kxh7 24. N3g5+ Bxg5 25. Nxg5+ $19) 12... a4 13. Bxe7 Qxe7 14. Nc5 a3 15. bxa3 $6 $15 (15. b4 $11) 15... Rd8 16. Nb3 (16. Rb1 Nxd4 17. Nxb7 Bxb7 18. Rxb7 Rxa3 $4 19. Nxd4) 16... Nf6 17. Re1 Qxa3 18. Qe2 h6 19. h4 Bd7 20. Ne5 Be8 21. Qe3 Qb4 22. Reb1 Nxe5 23. dxe5 Ng4 $3 {again the dangerous sorte by the Knight, black has to play h5 before f3 can come in and trap the knight.} 24. Qe1 Qxe1+ 25. Rxe1 h5 26. Bxb7 Ra4 $1 27. c5 $4 $19 {a terrible blunder} c6 $3 {now the Bishop on b7 is a gonner...} 28. f3 Nh6 29. Re4 Ra7 30. Rb4 Rb8 31. a4 Raxb7 32. Rb6 Rxb6 33. cxb6 Rxb6 34. Nc5 Nf5 35. a5 Rb8 36. a6 Nxg3 37. Na4 c5 38. a7 Rd8 39. Nxc5 Ra8 (39... Ra8 {the game might have ended like this but Ian had had enough.} 40. Nb7 Nf5 41. Nd6 Bc6 42. Nc4 Nd4 43. Nb6 Nxf3+ 44. Kf2 Rd8 45. a8=Q Bxa8 46. Nxa8 Nxe5 47. Ra5 Nc6 48. Rc5 Rxa8 49. Rxc6 $19 {and its a clear won endgame for Magnus.}) 0-1 [Event "World Chess Championship 2021"] [Site "Dubai, UAE"] [Date "2021.12.08"] [Round "10"] [White "Carlsen, Magnus"] [Black "Nepomniachtchi, Ian"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "C42"] [WhiteElo "2855"] [BlackElo "2782"] [Annotator "Llewellyn,Alan"] [PlyCount "81"] [EventDate "2021.??.??"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nxe5 d6 4. Nd3 {a rare divergence which I assume Ian will know, its rather surprising for Magnus to diverge so quickly from his successfull games in the Petroff Defence but I guess he is trying to avoid any preparation, and this move 4.Nd3 isnt exactly an attacking move that is risky.. .} Nxe4 5. Qe2 Qe7 6. Nf4 Nf6 7. d4 Nc6 8. c3 {not surprisingly with the mexican standoff of the Queens this opening gets lots of draws as when the queens come off it smacks of a draw with a near symmetrical position.} d5 9. Nd2 Nd8 10. Nf3 Qxe2+ 11. Bxe2 Bd6 12. O-O O-O 13. Bd3 Re8 14. Re1 Rxe1+ 15. Nxe1 Ne6 16. Nxe6 Bxe6 17. g3 g6 18. Ng2 Re8 19. f3 Nh5 20. Kf2 c6 21. g4 Ng7 22. Bf4 Bxf4 23. Nxf4 g5 $1 (23... Bd7 {this is slight inferior to good move played...}) 24. Ne2 f5 25. h3 Kf7 26. Rh1 h6 27. f4 fxg4 28. hxg4 Bxg4 29. Rxh6 Bf5 30. Bxf5 Nxf5 31. Rh7+ Ng7 32. fxg5 Kg6 33. Rh3 Kxg5 34. Rg3+ Kf6 35. Rf3+ Ke7 36. Nf4 Kd6 37. Ng6 Re6 38. Ne5 Ne8 39. Rf7 Rf6+ 40. Rxf6+ Nxf6 41. Ke3 { They have reached the 40 moves necessary in order to just agree a draw, repeated moves can be drawn before move 40 but not by agreement, a draw stops the rot for Ian and is a step away from victory for Magnus. Yes Magnus just needs 1 point(ie a win) to retain his title, from 4 possible games, Ian needs 3 wins and a draw out of 4 for a tie breaker mini-series or 4 out of 4 to win it without tie-breakers.} 1/2-1/2 [Event "World Chess Championship 2021"] [Site "Dubai, UAE"] [Date "2021.12.10"] [Round "11"] [White "Nepomniachtchi, Ian"] [Black "Carlsen, Magnus"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "C55"] [WhiteElo "2782"] [BlackElo "2855"] [Annotator "Llewellyn,Alan"] [PlyCount "98"] [EventDate "2021.??.??"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 {3 Bb5 was played before ie the Ruy Lopez but this is a different but another well known opening, the Italian Game...} Nf6 4. d3 Bc5 5. c3 d6 6. O-O a5 7. Re1 Ba7 8. Na3 h6 9. Nc2 O-O 10. Be3 Bxe3 11. Nxe3 Re8 12. a4 Be6 13. Bxe6 Rxe6 14. Qb3 b6 15. Rad1 Ne7 16. h3 Qd7 17. Nh2 (17. Nf5 Ng6 18. g3 $11 (18. g4 $2 $15)) 17... Rd8 18. Nhg4 Nxg4 19. hxg4 $5 d5 20. d4 exd4 21. exd5 Re4 22. Qc2 Rf4 23. g3 $4 $19 (23. Rxd4 $11) 23... dxe3 $3 { a fantastic spot as normally swapping a Rook for a Knight would be lost.} 24. gxf4 Qxg4+ 25. Kf1 Qh3+ 26. Kg1 $2 $19 {offering a repeat of position as Ian realised he was in trouble.} Nf5 $2 $19 {still winning but it is more difficult now} (26... exf2+ $1 27. Qxf2 Rd6 28. Re6 {stops the rook swinging over} Qg4+ 29. Kh2 fxe6 30. Qf1 Rxd5 31. Rd3 Rh5+ 32. Rh3 Qxh3+ 33. Qxh3 Rxh3+ 34. Kxh3 $19) 27. d6 $3 Nh4 $2 $17 28. fxe3 Qg3+ 29. Kf1 Nf3 $6 $17 30. Qf2 ( 30. dxc7 $4 Qg1+ 31. Ke2 Qg2#) 30... Qh3+ 31. Qg2 Qxg2+ 32. Kxg2 Nxe1+ 33. Rxe1 Rxd6 $6 $17 {this forms a series of inexclipable moves by Magnus-it is schoolboy stuff to get the King centralised in an endgame.} 34. Kf3 Rd2 35. Rb1 g6 36. b4 axb4 37. Rxb4 $1 Ra2 $6 $17 38. Ke4 h5 39. Kd5 Rc2 40. Rb3 h4 41. Kc6 h3 42. Kxc7 h2 43. Rb1 Rxc3+ 44. Kxb6 $2 $19 {I am sure Ian saw what was coming next.} (44. Kb7 Rxe3 45. Rh1 Re4 46. Kxb6 Rxa4 47. f5 (47. Rxh2 Rxf4 $19 ) 47... Rh4 $19) 44... Rb3+ $3 {a nice little trick to get a Queen...} 45. Rxb3 h1=Q 46. a5 Qe4 47. Ka7 (47. a6 Qe6+ 48. Kc7 Qxb3 49. a7 Qd5 50. Kb8 Qb5+ 51. Kc7 Qa6 52. Kb8 Qb6+ 53. Ka8 Qc7 54. e4 Qc8#) 47... Qe7+ 48. Ka8 Kg7 $1 { the point of that move is if the Queen checks the King on the back row the Queen is lost and with it the game, by the Rook coming back to pin the Queen.} 49. Rb6 (49. a6 Qe6 50. Ra3 Qe4+ 51. Kb8 Qb4+ 52. Ka8 Qxa3 53. a7 Qa6 54. Kb8 Qb6+ 55. Ka8 Qc7 56. e4 Qc8#) 49... Qc5 $1 {after this move Ian resigned and Magnus retained his title, Magnus Carlsen is still the World Chess Champion...} (49... Qc5 50. Ra6 Qxe3 51. Kb7 Qxf4 52. Rc6 Qb4+ 53. Ka6 g5 54. Rb6 Qc4+ 55. Ka7 g4 56. a6 g3 57. Rb7 g2 58. Kb8 g1=Q 59. a7 Qh2+ 60. Ka8 Qc8+ 61. Rb8 Qg2#) 0-1