January 18, 2022 10:39 pm

Magnus Carlsen plays with fire and the one who burns is Nepomniachtchi

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Time is an essential factor in chess, especially when it runs out. Magnus Carlsen played with fire in the sixth game of World Chess, in which he was left with only 20 seconds per movement to reach the first control. “That is nothing in a complex position,” noted the great teacher. Pepe Cuenca on Chess24. Best of all, it was the champion himself who got into that mess, just when it seemed that the game was heading towards the sixth consecutive tables of the championship. It was even the Norwegian who seemed to be fighting for the tie. So much risk was not in vain and in an eternal game, lasting almost eight hours, he ended up bending the applicant, who will have a very difficult time recovering from the beating.

When he looked like a sleeping lion, the number one in the world gave a surprise claw, after thinking too many minutes what seemed like an obvious decision. He thus managed to animate an almost dead position, with a brilliant turn of the rudder. “He seems to me like a genius,” he conceded admiringly. David Anton. Unfortunately for Magnus, however, lack of time led to a succession of inaccuracies on the wire. From having the game won, he went on to have it almost lost, and then again with an advantage, while Ian Nepomniachtchi she reluctantly joined the party, also with very few seconds to think. Spectators and experts asked for a show. Now that they are given it, they will complain about the mistakes they made. This is the human being.

“It was clearly bad time management by Carlsen,” he noted. Miguel Santos on Chess.com, shortly before pointing out that “this was not the most correct game ever.” Carlos MatamorosFor his part, he recognized the value of number one for taking so many risks when it was not essential, for being nonconformist.

During the first phase of the game, Nepo got back to a fairly healthy position, despite playing as Black. The aspirant even allowed himself a couple of significant gestures, or micromanages, by not choosing the safest option. He thus demonstrated, or wanted to demonstrate, a total confidence in his possibilities, we do not know if directed at his rival or himself. Nor was it anything to write home about, but surely he even put some of his faces, so expressive, something that has characterized him since he was a child, as one of the Russian teachers commented when he was a child, in a video that he offered the other day Judit Polgar.

Eternal debate

All of this happened just as the debate on excess tables in the world Cup. At least today it has become clear that the players cannot be blamed, even less the champion, who has less need, in theory, to look for complications.

What is hopeless is the equality between the monsters vying for the title. They make so few mistakes that a draw is too frequent a result. The only solution, apart from blindfolding or some other trick, is to shorten the duration of the games. With less minutes to reflect, as we have seen in this same game, the failures appear and with them the show. Should we hurry Antonio Lopez to make your paintings more fun? The key is to decide what we want chess to be: a show or a science, a sport or an art. Everything at the same time is very difficult in these times of specialization.

To all this, the players reached move 40 with a certain equality restored, although now with Carlsen as a pressing side. The champion, in fact, kept thinking more than his rival in search of some magic solution. He made the Russian dizzy for a few more plays, a bit out of inertia. From trust to error there is a step and Nepo made it. The only question was whether it would be enough to lose. Fabiano Caruana he put his hands to his head: “Why do you allow this?”

But Carlsen is also human, by the looks of it, and advanced just the pawn that experts and common sense advised against. In spite of everything, if anyone could lose it was black and once the second control had passed, after six hours of play, they were not going to give them any more time. From there, they would have to make do with the ‘gift’ of the 30-second increment per play.

Nepo was also beginning to hurry more, for the first time, especially since defending himself is much more difficult than attacking. Carlsen’s plan of attack, according to Anton, was “extremely annoying.” For Judit PolgarIt was “a hell”, although the Norwegian, perhaps gripped, was again rushing time to insane limits. He was left with less than 30 seconds left on the clock. The emotion returned to the game. Nepo, with a few minutes, seemed to defend himself well.

A further simplification of material led to a position where the Russian had a queen and a pawn, against a rook, a knight and three champion pawns. Only this one could win, although the computers thought it would be a draw. “If Nepo can hold out, I think Carlsen is going to be frustrated for the rest of the games,” said Antón. After move 100, the champion advanced at a snail’s pace, but did not give up.

On move 125, his machinery continued to progress and was increasingly scary. The computer modules already thought that white had a clear advantage. In Dubai it was twelve o’clock at night and the champion was giving a recital on how the end of the game is played. Nepo gave up after 136 plays. The blow is tremendous.

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