In a record match, World Champion Magnus Carlson has brought his first victory against challenger Jan Nepomnjashchi at the Chess World Cup in Dubai and put the course for a successful title defense. After five draws previously, the Norwegian won the sixth of a maximum of 14 duels and now leads to the Russians with 3.5: 2.5.
The decision fell after midnight (local time), Nepomnjaschi gave up after 136 trains and nearly eight hours of playing time. The longest World Cup duel had come to Anatolia Karol (Soviet Union) and Viktor Korschnoi (Switzerland) in 1978: The fifth meeting ended after 124 trains draw. Carlson and Nepomnjaschi put another 43 years later.
That was a drama, an emotional roller coaster trip, Carlson said, because of the record, the victory taste especially sweet. Decisive be it, to stay patient. Now it’s about him to go back — and that’s very, very pleasant. I am very satisfied. His challenger said, Magnus used the few chances he got.
After each match of the counterparty Carlson and Nepomnjaschi, both 31, the initial right changes. On Saturday (13.30 CET) begins Nepomnjaschi. For a victory there is a point, for a draw half a half. Those who reached 7.5 points first is world champion.
Carlson, who had successfully defended his title in 2014, 2016 and 2018, knows his counterparty since day of day. Nepomnjaschi had prevailed at the candidate tournament against seven other players from the world top.
The world ranking of Russia led in front of the World Cup in direct comparison with industry prime Carlson with 4: 1 wins at six draws.
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