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  • Carlsen wins by seven or more games

    1 4.17%
  • Carlsen wins by six games

    0 0%
  • Carlsen wins by five games

    0 0%
  • Carlsen wins by four games [correct]

    0 0%
  • Carlsen wins by three games

    4 16.67%
  • Carlsen wins by two games

    9 37.50%
  • Carlsen wins by one game

    6 25.00%
  • Carlsen wins in playoff

    2 8.33%
  • Nepomniachtchi wins in playoff

    0 0%
  • Nepomniachtchi wins by one game

    2 8.33%
  • Nepomniachtchi wins by two games

    0 0%
  • Nepomniachtchi wins by three games

    0 0%
  • Nepomniachtchi wins by four games

    0 0%
  • Nepomniachtchi wins by five games

    0 0%
  • Nepomniachtchi wins by six games

    0 0%
  • Nepomniachtchi wins by seven games

    0 0%
  • Match does not happen or not completed for whatever reason

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  1. #91
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    I liked Rupert's people's take on Game 9:

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    Of course if they were reporting a real knife fight they would have said it was like a game of chess.

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    Nepo's post game comments were rather odd. He suggested he had a big edge, then after Magnus got ''drawing chances'' he blundered...
    However, white's position was possibly more pleastant at some point but that'ts about it.
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    Game 9

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    Quote Originally Posted by Desmond View Post
    Yes, Magnus knows his customers well.

    Ian switches from 1.e4, Magnus having never lost a WC game to it, but does not avail him. Now it's a bloodbath. Magnus won't be rememberd for drawing his way through title games, that's for sure.
    Looks like your score prediction is more likely to be right than mine and most others. Magnus with White in the next game might even try to hit Nepo again when he's down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelBaron View Post
    Nepo's post game comments were rather odd. He suggested he had a big edge, then after Magnus got ''drawing chances'' he blundered...
    However, white's position was possibly more pleastant at some point but that'ts about it.
    Those press conferences are hard to watch. The real surprise for me was that Ian said he hadn't seen c6 until Magnus played it. Doing commentary, both Karjakin and Giri (on different streams) saw the refutation to 27.c5 instantly.
    So what's your excuse? For running like the devil's chasing you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelBaron View Post
    Nepo's post game comments were rather odd. He suggested he had a big edge, then after Magnus got ''drawing chances'' he blundered...
    However, white's position was possibly more pleastant at some point but that'ts about it.
    The computer analysis in 538 suggests he was ahead early on, although not significantly. That's been a recurring pattern - he achieves a better position at the start, but then either Carlsen outplays him or he blunders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick Byrom View Post
    The computer analysis in 538 suggests he was ahead early on, although not significantly. That's been a recurring pattern - he achieves a better position at the start, but then either Carlsen outplays him or he blunders.
    well...severall commentators (e.g. Kramnik) were rating white's position as more pleasant but - but yes - nothing outstanding for white to get out of an opening.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelBaron View Post
    Nepo's post game comments were rather odd. He suggested he had a big edge, then after Magnus got ''drawing chances'' he blundered...
    However, white's position was possibly more pleastant at some point but that'ts about it.
    I was going in and out a bit during the early stages of Game 9, whilst watching the Fide Chess youtube site, with Vishy Anand and Anna Muzychuk. They have been commentating each game without using engines, which I think is a good thing.

    Their analysis was that Nepo had a small advantage and some chances for his potential extra pawn, and could press on for the rest of the game. Two result chess, so to speak.

    During the 20 minutes after the blunder when Nepo did not come back to the board, Vishy and Anna main comments were this, and this is common for a lot of these type of blunders - Bb7 was part of Nepo's analysis in a lot of lines, but in going back and forth between different lines, he made the fatal mistake of playing e5 first, instead of withdrawing the bishop.

    It is clear that he did not see c6. But I would not be surprised if the match situation also played a large role in this blunder. He had just come off another game losing blunder and was now facing a long game with a small advantage that most likely was not going to lead to a win. And bang, another blunder.

    The main question that is now occurring to me now that we are in the 'fat lady is on in 5, stages' is: How many matches has Nepo played before? It would be interesting to know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Desmond View Post
    Those press conferences are hard to watch. The real surprise for me was that Ian said he hadn't seen c6 until Magnus played it. Doing commentary, both Karjakin and Giri (on different streams) saw the refutation to 27.c5 instantly.
    Indeed. And c6 is a rather obvious move so amazing that Ian blundered it (happens though). One does not have to be Karjakin or Giri to see it.
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    Nepo played another Petroff...may be his team instructed him to play solidly despite being -3.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelBaron View Post
    Nepo played another Petroff...may be his team instructed him to play solidly despite being -3.
    And a totally uneventful draw in the end .
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    Game 10 (Carlsen white)

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    Carlsen leads 6.5-3.5 so if he wins again the match is over, or two draws from the last four will do it.
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    Game 10 was rather disappointing...but shows Carlsen's confidence and approach. He just wants to duly complete the match and move on to the next step... .
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    And another shocking blunder by Nepo just now. Magnus can take on e3 and match looks to be over...
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    Wow, no one picked the actual match result in the poll. I thought Nepo winning on tiebreak was more likely than Carlsen winning by four games...but the match proved me wrong
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