Saturday , June 12 2021

Another draw between Carlsen and Caruana



The ninth game of the World Chess Championship between Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana also ends with a draw, this time in the 56th move. It would be brazen to say that Carlsen missed a chance to win. But he is disappointed.

Richard Forster, London

Injured Magnus Carlsen was in the ninth game of the World Chess Championship Although he had long been in the lead, but finally had to settle with a draw. (Photo: Fascando Arrizabalaga / EPA)

Injured Magnus Carlsen was in the ninth game of the World Chess Championship Although he had long been in the lead, but finally had to settle with a draw. (Photo: Fascando Arrizabalaga / EPA)

World champion Magnus Carlsen clashed with one of his seconds on the football match on the day off and got a black eye. On the board he was a little less aggressive voter, but for the first time in the competition he could bring an English opening to one of his prepared variants for man and to profit from the advantage of the lawsuit.

He almost did not think about thinking up to the 23rd move, while the contrary Fabiano Caruana was already busy identifying and neutralizing threats to the enemy. Ultimately, the position was greatly simplified by exchanging figures, but as a result, Carlsen seemed to be reduced to the body: Not a very large but clear structural advantage in a position in which he over thirty, 40 it moves its opponent under strong pressure will be put. But two moves later Carlsen showed unusual impatience. His move to the x-farmer seemed very dangerous, but allowed Caruana, with a risky but precisely calculated counter-attack, to speed up the game immediately and ultimately force the determined further simplification.

Talking about a missed chance to win for Carlsen will be exaggerated. However, the fact that he was unable to force his opponent to make at least several hours of painstaking defense is a disappointment.

There are three regular games to play in which Caruana will lead the white stones twice.


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