Nepomniachtchi vs Carlsen | Game 11 – 2021 FIDE World Chess Championship

World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway defends his title against challenger Ian Nepomniachtchi of Russia in Game 11 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”. An Italian Game is aboard with Nepomniachtchi and Carlsen centralizing their major pieces in preparation for the first tension between pawn. By move 20 all central pawns can capture and each player must carefully weigh the different possible structures. In such cases, the important question one must ask is: β€œWithin what structure will my pieces function best?”.

Image of Magnus Carlsen in thumbnail courtesy of Niki Riga

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. d3 Bc5 5. c3 d6 6. O-O a5 7. Re1 Ba7 8. Na3 h6 9. Nc2 O-O 10. Be3 Bxe3 11. Nxe3 Re8 12. a4 Be6 13. Bxe6 Rxe6 14. Qb3 b6 15. Rad1 Ne7 16. h3 Qd7 17. Nh2 Rd8 18. Nhg4 Nxg4 19. hxg4 d5 20. d4 exd4 21. exd5 Re4 22. Qc2 Rf4 23. g3 dxe3 24. gxf4 Qxg4+ 25. Kf1 Qh3+ 26. Kg1 Nf5 27. d6 Nh4 28. fxe3 Qg3+ 29. Kf1 Nf3 30. Qf2 Qh3+ 31. Qg2 Qxg2+ 32. Kxg2 Nxe1+ 33. Rxe1 Rxd6 34. Kf3 Rd2 35. Rb1 g6 36. b4 axb4 37. Rxb4 Ra2 38. Ke4 h5 39. Kd5 Rc2 40. Rb3 h4 41. Kc6 h3 42. Kxc7 h2 43. Rb1 Rxc3+ 44. Kxb6 Rb3+ 45. Rxb3 h1=Q 46. a5 Qe4 47. Ka7 Qe7+ 48. Ka8 Kg7 49. Rb6 Qc5

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