Karsten Müller’s Endgame Magic Show #175: With Robert Ris

12/13/2021 – Robert Ris is Karsten Müller's guest in the Endgame Magic Show #175. Robert and Karsten will look at games 6-10 of the World Championship match between Magnus Carlsen and Ian Nepomniachtchi, which Carlsen won convincingly 7.5-3.5. Karsten and Robert will focus on the endgames that occured in these games, but they will also take a brief look at the openings played in the match. | You can watch the Endgame Magic Show on-demand with a ChessBase Premium account.

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Endgame Magic #175

Almost all experts agree that game six – the longest game ever played in a World Championship match – was the crucial game of the match. In a complicated middlegame both sides had and missed chances and eventually an endgame was on the board in which Carlsen was trying to win with rook, knight and two connected passed pawns against Black's naked queen.

Nepomniachtchi defended tenaciously but in the end he cracked under the continuous pressure and lost, which apparently also affected his play in the remaining games of the match.

It is an interesting and complicated endgame and many readers asked Karsten how to treat such positions and whether Black had a draw. With best defense Nepomniachtchi could have drawn the game, but in practical play, with limited time on the clock, the endgame was extremely hard to defend.

Karsten and Robert take a close look how both sides played this difficult position to find out when Nepomniachtchi went wrong.

Here's game six again, annotated by Anish Giri:

 

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