In a thrilling game , the world’s best chess players faced off in the longest game in history. Carlsen, the current world champion, offered to sacrifice his pawn on the altar, but his opponent rejected the offer and instead traded queens.
Carlsen Offered to Sacrifice a Pawn on the Altar
Announcing that he was willing to sacrifice a pawn on the altar to win the World Chess Championship, Magnus Carlsen and his opponent Ian Nepomniachtchi have excited chess fans the world over. However, their record of draws over five games makes it hard to call them the championship winners. Carlsen said after the game that it was “hard” to break through against Nepomniachtchi.
Nepomniachtchi’s position was a minefield. Carlsen had the initiative but had to navigate a minefield. Nepo had one pawn and one rook, while Carlsen had both rooks and a queen. Then, Carlsen managed to engineer a devastating swap. Then, as second-time control approached, he hunted for the win.
Nepomniachtchi Declined the Pawn
The tense game continued as the clock ticked down and the pawns moved slowly in traffic. Nepomniachtchi’s chair started to shake at one point as he made the hundredth move. Nevertheless, Nepomniachtchi’s trainer was optimistic. Vladimir Potkin believed that his client could survive under pressure.
The game lasted for seven hours and eight minutes. It was the longest game in the history of the World Chess Championship. In the end, Nepomniachtchi decided to decline the pawn. His move was notable because it revealed his total misunderstanding of the board and its structure. In addition, the move could have been a case of self-sabotage.
Although he has the advantage in time control, Nepo has been unable to find a winning strategy. He was forced to play a weakened position after a mistake on the move 31. His errant play allowed Carlsen to make a surprise attack. Nevertheless, he returned the favor with a weak 33rd move, blowing a big chance to win.
Nepomniachtchi Declined to Trade Queens
The game’s final move was a remarkable decision by Nepomniachtchi. The Russian general played outside the box by pushing a pawn to d5 in the opening. This move completely blew the position open and betrayed his utter lack of understanding of the board. It may have even been a case of self-sabotage.
Carlsen and Nepomniachtchi were locked in an intricate battle for space and material. Carlsen missed a chance to land a ranged attack on the Black King, while Nepomniachtchi missed an opportunity to capture a free pawn. As the clocks approached midnight, the game became the longest game in World Chess Championship history, lasting almost seven hours and thirty-five minutes.
Nepomniachtchi was exhausted after playing three consecutive games and needed to rest before the next one. Despite this, he chose to play professionally and managed to draw with White pieces on the third game day. While this may not have been the best strategy, he knew that playing loosely would not have helped him.
Carlsen Now Has the Lead
The longest game in world chess championship history is in the books, and Magnus Carlsen now has the lead. This is a massive advantage for the Norwegian player. Carlsen is known for forcing his opponents into long games and tiring them out. In 2013, he defeated Viswanathan Anand to win his first world chess championship.
The game lasted seven hours and 45 minutes. It contained 136 moves. It ended Saturday morning, just after midnight local time. Nepomniachtchi missed an exchange of queens in the early going, which gave Carlsen time to exchange a rook for a pawn and a bishop. This resulted in a dynamically balanced position.
How Does Nepomniachtchi Bounce Back?
Magnus Carlsen is six points ahead of Ian Nepomniachtchi in the World Chess Championship after Game 6. Nepomniachtchi was under pressure in the last game but collapsed when he accidentally blundered a pawn in one move, trapping his bishop. After the game, Nepomniachtchi stepped away from the board for 20 minutes.
In chess, the sixth game usually determines the winner. But this time, it was not so clear-cut. In 1951, Botvinnik beat Bronstein, and Tal beat Botvinnik in 1960.
Carlsen’s attack on Nepomniachtchi’s kingside bishop left him vulnerable. Nepomniachtchi is known for his quick play in complicated positions, and the aggressive style of play put pressure on Carlsen. This was one of the main reasons that Carlsen was so nervous. After nearly 21 minutes, Nepomniachtchi plays 52 Nb4, which Carlsen does not play.