Carlsen vs Nepomniachtchi | Game 10 – 2021 FIDE World Chess Championship

World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway defends his title against challenger Ian Nepomniachtchi of Russia in Game 10 of the 2021 World Chess Championship match that is being held in Dubai. It’s a best of 14 games where the first player to earn 7.5 points earns the lion’s share (60%) of a $2.24 million prize pool, and the title of “World Chess Champion”. We follow game 4 with another Petroff’s Defense until Carlsen deviates on move 4. The position that arises is one we observed in Game 6 of the 2018 World Chess Championship match between Carlsen and Caruana. That game saw a string of 10 consecutive knight moves early on. In the featured game Nepomniachtchi opts to prevent white’s 7th move (Nd5) by withdrawing his knight back to f6.

Image of Ian Nepomniachtchi in thumbnail courtesy of Niki Riga

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nxe5 d6 4. Nd3 Nxe4 5. Qe2 Qe7 6. Nf4 Nf6 7. d4 Nc6 8. c3 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 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

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