World Chess Championship 2016 Match Magnus Carlsen against Sergey Karjakin, New York 2016by Boris Schipkov
The World Chess Championship 2016 Match - Magnus Carlsen vs Sergey Karjakin - took place in New York City (USA) 11th-30th November at the Fulton Market Building in the South Street Seaport. 12 classical games plus tie-break games.
Tie-break: Rapid Game 4: Carlsen-Karjakin 1-0. The Sicilian Defence. Magnus Carlsen won the exchange, ended this game with a beautiful queen sacrifice 50.Qh6+!!.
Game 12: Carlsen-Karjakin 1/2. The Spanish Game, Berlin Variation again, like in game 3, but in this day Magnus chose the usual 10.Re1. Magnus preferred 15.Na3 (a novelty), in the game Carlsen-Anand, Chennai (8) 2013 he played 15.Nd2. With equality. A draw in 30 moves. Tie-break - 30th November.
Game 11: Karjakin-Carlsen 1/2. The Spanish Game. Magnus preferred 9...Be6 (9...Na5 was in game 2). With equality. 14...c5 was a novelty. Magnus counterattacked on the queenside with 17...c4, then in the centre with 19...d5. A draw by perpetual check.
Game 10: Carlsen-Karjakin 1-0. The Spanish Game, Berlin Variation, 3...Nf6 4.d3. 10.Bxe7 is a novelty (10. Bg3 Fedorchuk-Delorme, Paris-ch blitz 2011). Unclear. Magnus Carlsen outplayed the rival in the endgame.
Game 9: Karjakin-Carlsen 1/2. The Spanish Game again, but Magnus preferred 6...Bc5 (6...d6 in game 2, 6.O-O in games 4, 6) and sacrificed a pawn. A theoretical duel. 21...cxb3 is a novelty, in Nakamura-Kasimdzhanov, Tromso 2014 Black played 21...c3. Sergey Karjakin obtained a small advantage with 24.Rg1. A draw in 74 moves.
Game 8: Carlsen-Karjakin 0-1. And Carlsen played 1.d4! The Queen's Pawn Game. Magnus fianchettoed the dark-squared bishop, and Sergey continued 7...b6. Karjakin didn't want to play with hanging pawns, preferred 8...Bxc5. 11...dxc4 is a novelty. With equality after 17...Ng6. However, after mistakes Carlsen lost to Karjakin in the endgame.
Game 7: Karjakin-Carlsen 1/2. Wow! Karjakin played 1.d4. The Slav Defence, then the Queen's Gambit Accepted. In 2013 Sergey Karjakin preferred 5.Nf3 vs Solak, today chose 5.Bd3. Carlsen played 10...Nc6, a rare move, and Karjakin without home preparation made a mistake, 11.Nd2?, a strange continuation. After this Magnus Carlsen had a small advantage in development, but the aggressive 15...f5! was better. Then Carlsen made a mistake, 16...Rc8?, and Karjakin obtained a small edge with 17.Nf6+!, grabbed a pawn. However, the endgame was drawish due to the opposite-colored bishops.
Game 6: Karjakin-Carlsen 1/2. The Spanish Game. Magnus sacrificed a pawn with 9...d5. 14...c5 was a novelty. Magnus Carlsen had sufficient compensation for the pawn: the powerful light-squared bishop. The opposite-colored bishops endgame (with queens) was drawn.
Game 5: Carlsen-Karjakin 1/2. The Italian Game. Magnus Carlsen seized space on the queenside with 8.b4. The move 12.h3 was a novelty. Unclear. In the endgame Sergey Karjakin counterattacked on the kingside, activated the bishop, had better chances.
Game 4: Karjakin-Carlsen 1/2. The Spanish Game. Sergey preferred 6.Re1, Magnus played 8...Bb7. A theoretical duel. 14.N3h2?! was a dubious novelty, Magnus easily equalized with 14...d5!. After 18.Bxh6 Qc6! Karjakin made a mistake 19.Bxc4? and Carlsen obtained a clear edge with 19...bxc4. But then 21...Nxg3 or 21...Qg6 was somewhat better. In any case Magnus had real chances to win the game. A draw in 94 moves.
Game 3: Carlsen-Karjakin 1/2. The Spanish Game, Berlin Variation. A sharp fight, hehe! 10.Re2 is a rare move, usually White plays 10.Re1, e.g. Carlsen-Anand, Chennai (8) 2013. 11...Re8 is a novelty, 11...Nb7 was in Kasimdzhanov-Melkumyan, Bundesliga 2016. In the endgame Magnus had a slight advantage, but after the strange 17.g3 Sergey equalized with 17...g5. However after Karjakin's mistakes Carlsen could have won with 70.Re8, 71.Re1 and 72.Rf7+. A draw in 78 moves.
Game 2: Karjakin-Carlsen 1/2. The Spanish Game. With equality. This line was popular in 2014-2016, Magnus beat Topalov after 12...Nc6 in 2016 in Paris, here he preferred 12...Re8. 13.Ra1= was a new move.
Game 1: Carlsen-Karjakin 1/2. The Trompowsky Attack. A rare opening, Magnus tried to surprise the rival a little, and 8.Nd2 was a novelty (Magnus played the Trompowsky Attack 12 times, beat Kramnik after 5...e6 6.Nf3 in 2013, Tal Memorial). However Sergey had sufficient counterplay after 12...Bd7. The endgame looked drawish, maybe Magnus had a tiny advantage due to a better pawn structure. A draw in 42 moves.
Schedule, games: November 11, 12; 14, 15; 17, 18; 20, 21; 23, 24; 26; 28; tie-break 30.
Before the match: World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway, Challenger Sergey Karjakin of Russia.
© 2000-2016 Boris Schipkov
© 2000-2016 Boris Schipkov