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3 Best Games from The World Championship Match 2016 E-mail
Written by WGM Raluca Sgîrcea, IM Renier Castellanos   
Thursday, 15 December 2016 01:06

best games WCC 2016For this week’s edition of the three best games we have chosen to comment three of the twelve classical games played in the World Championship match in New York. It was a tight match with very few (only two) decided games, but most of the draws were hard fought and some with chances for both sides. Magnus Carlsen put a lot of pressure on Karjakin, but the Russian Grandmaster showed great defensive skills, as he seemed to always find a way to hold the position.

GAME #1:

We are going to start with their third game, which ended in a draw. In yet another Berlin Defense Magnus Carlsen, with the white pieces, reached a slightly better endgame that his opponent seemed to defend very well until a slight inaccuracy gave white the upper hand. It looked as though Carlsen was on his way to the first win of the match until a mistake in a winning endgame gave Karjakin the chance to draw the game.

GAME #2:

In their eighth game Carlsen seemed to be set on only one result and that was a win. We saw the first Queen’s Pawn opening, but white failed to get an opening advantage. On the contrary, it was Karjakin who was slightly putting pressure. A slight inaccuracy and Carlsen equalized only to give the edge back to his opponent. In time trouble white got his chance back, but the resulting endgame was still difficult to hold.

GAME #3:

Magnus Carlsen managed to equalize in the tenth game where, after an inexplicable miss of a perpetual by Karjakin he reached a slightly better endgame – the type of position that suits him well, where he could slowly squeeze and tire his opponent. Black’s defensive task was anything but easy and in the end he fell under Carlsen’s constant pressure.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 15 December 2016 13:36

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