World Championship: Game 11 annotated by Rustam Kasimdzhanov

by Rustam Kasimdzhanov
12/11/2021 – “The second half of the match wasn’t the fight we all wanted to see, with most of the games being blundered away (b5,c5,g3 and others). Still, the World Champion barely made a mistake in 11 games, and never gave a chance once in control. Hopefully Nepo can recover from what must be an absolute nightmare of a match”, writes GM Rustam Kasimdzhanov in his analysis of the match’s eleventh and final game. | Photo: Austin Fuller

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Game 11: Nepomniachtchi 0 - 1 Carlsen


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born in 1979, the grandmaster from Uzbekistan has for many years been known as a very strong and imaginative player. However in 2004 Rustam Kasimdzhanov shocked the chess world by winning the FIDE world chess championship title, beating a string of world-class players like Ivanchuk, Grischuk, Topalov and Adams in the process. The Uzbekian grandmaster, who has helped Anand in both his World Championship matches, lives in Germany.
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mc1483 mc1483 12/13/2021 01:25
@Aighearach: as I wrote before, I'm very sorry for you, as all the rage and frustration you have in yourself are a very sad sight. I hope you're still young, and in time manage to solve your issues and become a better person. I really mean it, I'm not mocking you!
Aighearach Aighearach 12/13/2021 08:59
@mc1483 You're giving massive insults to one of the top chess players in the world. On a chess site. Because he lost a match. That is clownish. And who cares if you're insulted? That you're a fish isnt' an insult but a fact. A fact that means it is very inappropriate for you to be insulting Nepo. You should quit feeling offended, and feel ashamed of your awful behavior.
mc1483 mc1483 12/13/2021 02:05
@Aighearach: I think you've misunderstood my post, but that doesn't mean you may call me names, such "clown", "little fish", "hater". You're the hater, not me, and I'm sorry for that. And, BTW, the greatest WC match of my lifetime - not counting the 1972 match, as I was too young - was the one in Seville, 1987, that I attended in person (after having attended the 1986 Leningrad match and before attending the 1990 Lyon match). But it's quite obvious you know nothing about "great matches", nothing at all.
Aighearach Aighearach 12/12/2021 10:48
What sort of clown thinks the loser of a match doesn't deserve their pay? Just hateful, disrespectful nonsense from a little fish.
Maybe you never had a bad day. And yet, you accomplished so much less than Nepo.
Nobody cares what haters think about the perfect utopian format. Haters don't encourage sponsorhips. People complain if there are not enough wins, then the complain when there are too many! It just goes to show, haters hate, whiners whine, there is no need to make changes for them.
This was one of the greatest WC matches of your lifetime, but you can't find it in your character to appreciate it.
mc1483 mc1483 12/12/2021 08:39
@Mike: the big fat paycheck is not deserved, and that's very bad indeed (not for Nepo, of course) because in the future it will become more difficult to find sponsors willing to pay for such events. It has happened in the past, when sponsors could not be found for Kasparov-Shirov and Kasparov-Kasimdzhanov, and almost happened for the Kramnik-Leko match. Sponsors only come if the challenger is thought to be strong and capable to put up a fight, and after the Nepo disaster it is now obvious that the Candidates Tournament is not enough to select such a player. So will the sponsors pay again so much for the next WC match? I'm not so sure.
It looks like the best format was the one destroyed by Iliumzhinov after the Kasparov schism: matches instead of a single tournament, although this format too is not perfect (as we saw when Short became the challenger).
Gerald C Gerald C 12/12/2021 12:13
A sad world championship.
Mike Magnan Mike Magnan 12/12/2021 03:15
It's just my opinion...but nobody wants to talk about the match ...because of respect for the challenger..andI understand that. Maybe it's best if we all forget..and hey! Ian just got a big fat payckeck!!! So it's not all bad.
Frits Fritschy Frits Fritschy 12/11/2021 11:36
What about 46 Ra1 Rg2 forcing 47 Rh1 and then 47... g3 48 a6 Ra2 (or better still, first Rb2+)?
Interestingly, in the Giri-Polgar commentary, I think I saw something similar flash by, so you might be in good company...
Aighearach Aighearach 12/11/2021 11:16
You're confused on the breadth of meaning of the English word divine.

For example, the word predates the invention of monotheism.

It is absolutely not a synonym for [an insecure god].
sinabn72 sinabn72 12/11/2021 07:05
it very nice game<a href=""> . </a>amazing
kingsindianwins kingsindianwins 12/11/2021 06:37
To compare Carlson to GOD is simplay a sin.Saying he is divine.
Aighearach Aighearach 12/11/2021 06:00
Anish compared 39. Rc2! and h4 more deeply during the broadcast and said that Carlsen's technique is divine, that this more separates him from humans. Humans would play h4, but Magnus (and big enough computers) finds Rc2!
Yasser Seirawan Yasser Seirawan 12/11/2021 04:51
No sugar coating this disaster. But just like Rustam, I believe in Nepo's strength of character. Nepo will be back! Because he now really wants to show that he is a truly formidable player; who had a one off miserable sporting event. Yasser
CarlosCleto CarlosCleto 12/11/2021 03:39
I think Kasim's choice 43... f6 leads only to draw after 44. Kxb6 g5 45. a5 g4 46. Ra1. OK, in this line, 44... Rb2+ or 45... Rb2+ still wins, just like Magnus 44... Rb3+. So, seem better colect the "c" pawn with 43... Rxc3 e after that give the check in "b"column. I'm wrong ?