Newsblog WCC Carlsen-Karjakin, 2016-11-18

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11/18/2016 – After one and half hours game six ended in a draw. Tiger Hillarp Persson on game No. 6 - Carlsen played a gambit with ...d5 in an 8.h3 Anti-Marshall and started a highly theoretical battle. The game soon headed towards an opposide coloured bishop endgame which was drawn in a completely equal position after 32 moves. Check out our Newsblog.

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World Chess Championship News - 2016-11-18

Game No. 6 - Notes by Tiger Hillarp Persson:


23:59 / 5:59 pm: After a quick draw we have a quick video analysis. Daniel King's sums things up in his summary of game 6.

21:40 / 3:40 pm: The game ended in a draw. After three fascinating games in rounds three, four and five the players didn't excite the audience today. Tomorrow is a rest day, so Sergey has enough time to prepare something against Carlsen's ...d5!

Play Magnus design compared to official WCC 2016 artwork

Draw agreed after Carlsen's 32...Be6

21:24 / 3:24 pm: 

Play Magnus design compared to official WCC 2016 artwork

Both players seem pretty relaxed while the game is heading for a draw

20:58 / 2:58 pm: Nigel Short already has an explanation why this game could become a pretty short one.

Play Magnus design compared to official WCC 2016 artwork

20:58 / 2:58 pm: As yesterday we can again expect an opposide coloured bishop endgame.

20:54 / 2:54 pm: 

Play Magnus design compared to official WCC 2016 artwork

20:32 / 2:32 pm: Giri seems to have had this on the board:

Play Magnus design compared to official WCC 2016 artwork

20:20 / 2:20 pm: After Carlsen's novelty 14...c5 Karjakin takes his time.

Play Magnus design compared to official WCC 2016 artwork

20:12 / 2.12 pm: Both players are very well prepared and blitz out their moves. Carlsen has is a pawn down but can rely on his bishop pair and space advantage.

20:05 / 2.05 pm: Again Spanish and Karjakin choses again 8.h3 against the Marshall. But this time Carlsen opts for the more forcing 9...d5 instead of the calmer 9...d6 which he has chosen in the 4th game.

19:53 / 1.53 pm: What opening to expect today? Not easy to guess...the last two games Karjakin opted for 1.e4 and Carlsen chose 1...e5 and headed for the Marshall-Attack, an opening we can expect for this game again - but the world champion has a very wide repertoire and could easily surprise his opponent today.

19.37 / 1.37 pm: Starting at 20.00 Hamburg Time / 2.00 pm New York Time: Game No. 6!


15.10 / 9.10 am: Here are the highlights of the press conference. Click here.

14.15 / 8.15 am: Rumors say that team Carlsen wants the break room cam to end. No confirmation by team Carlsen yet. According to unconfirmed information Carlsen wasn't aware of the fact that the stream is published world wide. Some coverage of as well.

Update 23.41 / 5.41 pm: The cams are reportedly gone now.


13.12 / 7.12 pm: Here you find some filmed impressions of game 5:



11.52 / 5.52 am: Our special service for you: Simon Williams's video analysis from about game 5. Click here to watch.

7.00 / 1.00 am: Updates with commentary will follow. Soon after the game ChessBase India has been providing Sagar Shah's perspective on the game ('A perfect draw'). Also, this demonstration of using the names in the media differently is going to stop here, no worries. And don't miss our coverage in yesterday's news blog during the game.

6.55 / 0.55 am: It's not that we like one player more than the other, it's just that we would like to believe there is some kind of fairness in the coverage. By the way: if you like to learn something about Sergey's story, you might like to check out the documentary "Sergey". Don't be disappointed though if you can't understand the quotes in Russian (no subtitles). But you'll get the picture and it is worth the three or four US-Dollars (watch the trailer here)

6.29 / 0.29 am: As pointed out by Garry Kasparov, it's the level of resistance which distinguishes a good player from an extraordinary player. Mr. Carlsen also gets the chance to display extraordinary defensive skills in this game. The Giuoco Piano (pronounciation like this) was a little too soft to cause Black enough problems. Mr. Carlsen reminded Sergey that he was aware of the fact that the challenger had been spanked pretty seriously by Pentala Harikrishna at the Olympiad in Baku as Shank pointed out.

5.47 / 11.47 pm: In the room for the official commentators, motion picture director Bennett Miller ('Capote') was talking to Sam Shankland (Judit Polgar was busy and couldn't attend according to sources) and the other man, who is not very inspiring in his commentary. Mr. Miller also executed the first move by Mr. Carlsen. Also notable was the appearance of Lev Alburt, the conversation with Shanks got a little tense sometimes. What else can we expect? Roman Dzindzichashvili showing up? 

Why is it that official commentators in the cabin refer to Mr. Carlsen most of the time as 'Magnus' ('I don't think Magnus has overlooked this'), whereas they talk about Sergey always as 'Karjakin' ('Well played by Karjakin'). Lack of distance or lack of experience? Biased commentators? Agon made a deal with the Norwegian Cable Network NRK, the art work of the Play Magnus product the same as the art work of the World Chess Championship. Why is that? We are going to ask the press officers. 

Play Magnus design compared to official WCC 2016 artwork

The design concept of Agon's site for the Fide match resembles the design concept of the Play Magnus product. But why?


5.31 Hamburg / 11.31 pm New York: Sometimes a video snippet says more than 1000 Tweets.

8.00 Mumbai/ 3.30 Hamburg/ 9.30 pm New York: Sagar Shah analyzes the key positions and the fifth round encounter on the ChessBase India website. According to his analysis, Sergey Karjakin played an excellent game and held Magnus Carlsen with ease.

Official statement by the organizers:

"It was the first time in the match that Karjakin had Carlsen in real trouble, and Carlsen was clearly not happy with his performance. He grimaced and scowled in the press conference, giving short and curt answers. As soon as the press conference was over, he bolted the stage.

Not surprisingly, Karjakin, who was a 3-to-1 betting underdog prior to the start of the match, was in a much better mood. Though he was in deep trouble in Games 3 and 4, he has managed to avoid any losses thus far.

Five draws to start a World Championship match is far from unprecedented. The first six games of the 2012 title match between Viswanathan Anand and Boris Gelfand were also draws. And the first eight games of the 1995 match between Anand and Garry Kasparov – the last World Championship match to be held in New York City – were also drawn. That match, however, was a best-of-20, not best-of-12."

P.S. (7.50 / 1.30): Some advice for arm wrestling

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1.15 / 7.15 pm: Draw agreed. The fifth draw in a row but the first, in which Karjakin had serious chances.



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