Norwegian Magnus carlsen, world chess champion, finally brought down the Russian contender Ian Nepomniachtchi in the sixth game of the Dubai match with the title at stake, after subjecting him to slow torture for eight hours from a fierce combat that put him ahead on the scoreboard, by 3.5 to 2.5 points.
The analysts burst into applause when the sixth game (of the fourteen to which the duel is agreed) ended with the surrender of the Russian on move number 136. The first to reach 7.5 points will win the final victory.
Rest, football and decisive attack
Magnus took advantage of the second day of rest not only to practice one of his favorite sports, football, but to prepare an opening with White aimed at surprising an opponent who seemed to have everything planned.
The champion opened with a queen’s pawn and already in the eighth move (8.c4 … dxc4) the game entered a little explored territory in master chess.
For the first time in this meeting Nepo he had to spend a lot of time thinking about his operations in the middle of the opening (13 minutes before playing 10 … Nc6), but so did the Norwegian, even to a greater extent.
The analysts who cover the “match” in Dubai predicted a tough fight in this sixth game and this was indeed the case, although the clock played a decisive role. Each player has two hours to make their first 40 moves, and there came a time when Carlsen had only three minutes to make 12 plays.
The mistake that changed everything
But When the champion looked into the abyss, pressed for time, the one who made the first serious mistake was the Russian, whose position seemed lost after playing 31 … Bb2. The gift, however, was returned by the Norwegian two moves later (33.Rd1) and the first time control was reached in a complex position with options for both sides.
They were crazy moments on the board in which the shadow of the first defeat hung over the two contenders.
Magnus Carlsen’s victory in the sixth game against Nepo at the Dubai World Chess Championship (II).
Carlsen had traded his white queen for the two black rooks and, with the help of his knight, he set out to press in an ending against queen and bishop conducive to bringing out his exquisite technique.
Unlike previous games, Magnus, very ambitious, smelled the blood and prepared to inflict a slow torture on Nepo, That saved that first mistake, he played dynamic and solid to ward off threats, always walking on the wire.
One hour to advance one locker
Rook, knight and two pawns against the lone black queen, Carlsen slowly maneuvered himself to achieve microscopic advantages. Advancing a single locker took an hour, but in his purest boa contrictor style, he suffocated his rival with infinite patience. As the white pawns approached the coronation, Nepo bowed his king.
This Saturday the applicant will have the initiative of the white pieces in the seventh game, which marks the first half of the match.