EM – Chess-Carlsen blows away Nepomniachtchi and takes the fifth world title

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FILE PHOTO: Norwegian chess player Magnus Carlsen takes part in the Energy Denmark Champions Battle 2019 in the Circus Building, Copenhagen, Denmark, May 22, 2019. Claus Bech / Ritzau Scanpix / via REUTERS

The Norwegian Magnus Carlsen won his fifth world chess title on Friday in Dubai with a devastating 7.5-3.5 win against Ian Nepomniachtchi.

The 31- year old Carlsen benefited from a mistake by his Russian challenger and won his fourth game of the game with the black pieces to take an unassailable lead in the best of 14 competition.

“I didn’t expect it to be quite so so goes. I think it was a very good professional performance overall. No regrets, just very satisfied, ”said Carlsen.

His big lead made it the most one-sided World Cup since Jose Raul Capablanca from Cuba defeated German Emmanuel Lasker 9: 5 in 1921 – a result that was in the early stages of the competition.

“After five games there were five draws and I had very, very few chances to play more,” added Carlsen.

“Then it kind of clicked and after that everything went up to me. You don’t necessarily expect to run away with it in a world championship. “

The competition came to life in Game 6, which Carlsen won with the white pieces after seven hours, 45 minutes and 136 moves – the longest game in the history of the World Cup.

There was a boring draw with 41 moves before Carlsen won again with White when Nepomniachtchi, winner of the Candidates Tournament in April, screwed up a pawn move in the middle game.

Nepomniachtchi made i Another mistake in the ninth game, when he drove his bright field bishop into the trap after only 27 moves and Carlsen was on the verge of a fourth successful title defense.

After another draw, the eleventh game on Friday showed that Nepomniachtchi, the Number five in the world, had not recovered from his previous defeats because he lost focus again.

“These things that have happened here have basically never happened to me,” said a bleak Nepomniachtchi about his mistakes .

“I’ve lost a few stupid games in my career, but not that many in such a (short) time.”

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