New opening produces another draw in chess title match


Chess champion Magnus Carlsen attempted another opener with White Tuesday, but the result was the same: another draw in the fourth game of his title defense against Russian challenger Ian Nepomniachtchi.

The draw leaves their scheduled 14-game match in Dubai tied at 2-2.

The Norwegian champion opened with 1.e4 on Tuesday, after experiencing some opening discomfort with a Closed Catalan in Game 2. Nepomiachtchi seemed to surprise the champion with a defense from Petroff (2… Nf6), an opening that he had never played before. White stuck to the main lines of theory and got some light pressure going into the middle of the game – while using a lot more time on his clock than the Russian.

But an early queen swap left Whites struggling to generate odds, even after Carlsen was able to swap bishops and get a rook and knight planted deep in his opponent’s position.

A passed pawn gave Black a lot of compensation, and in the end a frustrated White was content with repeated checks against Black’s cashed king, leading to a draw after 36 moves.

Nepomniachtchi will once again have the advantage over Whites in Game 5 on Wednesday before the game’s second day of rest. The first player to score 7½ points wins, with a quick, one-day blitz playoff set for December 16 if the players remain tied.

The movements of the game 4:

Carlsen-Nepomniachtchi, World Chess Championship Part 4, Dubai, November 2021
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nxe5 d6 4. Nf3 Nxe4 5. d4 d5 6. Bd3 Bd6 7. OO OO 8. c4 c6 9. Re1 Bf5 10. Qb3 Qd7 11. Nc3 Nxc3 12. Bxf5 Qxf5 13. bxc3 b6 14. cxd5 cxd5 15. Qb5 Qd7 16. a4 Qxb5 17. axb5 a5 18. Nh4 g6 19. g4 Nd7 20. Ng2 Rfc8 21. Bf4 Bxf4 22. Nxf4 Rxc3 23. Nxd5 Td3 24. Ref N7 Nf8 26. Ce8 + Kg8 27. d5 a4 28. Nf6 + Kg7 29. g5 a3 30. Ce8 + Kg8 31. Nf6 + Kg7 32. Ce8 + Kg8 33. Nf6 + Draft accepted


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