Carlsen draws first blood against Nepomniachtchi in world title battle

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  • Carlsen edges longest game in world championship history
  • Both players miss chances in 136-move game-six epic

Magnus Carlsen fought back from the brink of disaster to draw first blood against Ian Nepomniachtchi in the sixth game of their world championship showdown in Dubai, scoring a decisive result in a heart-stopping encounter that spanned 136 moves – and parts of two days – before ending after midnight in Dubai.

The gruelling back-and-forth marathon was the longest game in the 135-year history of world championship matchplay – surpassing the 124-move stalemate in game five of the 1978 title match between Anatoly Karpov and Viktor Korchnoi in 1978 – with both players missing winning opportunities under extreme clock pressure at the first time control.

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Written by Bryan Armen Graham
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2021/dec/03/carlsen-draws-first-blood-against-nepomniachtchi-in-world-title-battle under the title “Carlsen draws first blood against Nepomniachtchi in world title battle”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.