World Championship: Game 9 annotated by Wesley So

12/8/2021 – After blundering in game 8 of his World Championship match against Magnus Carlsen, Ian Nepomniachtchi also blundered and lost in game 9. Carlsen now leads 6-3 and with five games to go the match is practically over. Wesley So took a close look at game 9 and concludes: "Ian was playing very well early on in the match but ... game 6 was clearly the turning point in this match as before that both players were playing equally well and it seems that Ian was no inferior to Magnus. ... Ian is a great player and even the greatest players make mistakes. Unexpected and miserable stuff happens to us all, and we hope Ian will be able to move on and get his mojo back asap!" | Photo: Wesley So (Archive) | Photo: Lennart Ootes

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World Championship match 2021, Game 9: I. Nepomniachtchi - M. Carlsen


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Vidmar Vidmar 12/8/2021 05:00
Ian should stay at the .... board ! It looks like he's doing a simul, passing by every now and then to make a move.
gwrtheyrn gwrtheyrn 12/8/2021 09:50
Magnus looks physically rather fitter than Ian. If that's true, the grueling sixth game might have worn the challenger out too much. The kinds of errors he's making look typical of exhaustion. Until the sixth game, his preparation and play seemed great to me.