Magnus Carlsen has extended his reign as the World Chess Champion by two more years. The Norwegian Grand Master prevailed over Ian Nepomniachtchi with a match score of 7.5 – 3.5 to win his fifth World Championship title.
Norwegian grandmaster Magnus Carlsen retained his world chess title today (Friday). The defending champion scored a fourth win over Russian challenger Ian Nepomniachtchi to retain his FIDE World Championship crown.
Carlsen sealed victory by winning the 11th game of the 14-game series in their two-million-euro ($2.3 million) match in Dubai.
“I’m relieved of course,” Carlsen was quoted as saying after the match. “It’s hard to feel that great joy when the situation was so comfortable to begin with, but I’m happy with a very good performance overall.”
Playing with blacks, Carlsen compelled his Russian rival to resign on the 49th move.
The Moves of the deciding game 11. White – Nepomniachtchi
Black – Carlsen
- e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. d3 Bc5 5. c3 d6 6. O-O a5 7. Re1 Ba7 Na3 h6 9. Nc2 O-O 10. Be3 Bxe3 11. Nxe3 Re8 12. a4 Be6 13. Bxe6 Rxe6 14. Qb3 b6 15. Rad1 Ne7 16. h3 Qd7 17. Nh2 Rd8 18. Nhg4 Nxg4 19. hxg4 d5 20. d4 exd4 21. exd5 Re4 22. Qc2 Rf4 23. g3 dxe3 24. gxf4 Qxg4+ 25. Kf1 Qh3+ 26. Kg1 Nf5 27. d6 Nh4 28. fxe3 Qg3+ Kf1 Nf3 30. Qf2 Qh3+ 31. Qg2 Qxg2+ 32. Kxg2 Nxe1+ 33. Rxe1 Rxd6 Kf3 Rd2 35. Rb1 g6 36. b4 axb4 37. Rxb4 Ra2 38. Ke4 h5 39. Kd5 Rc2 40. Rb3 h4 41. Kc6 h3 42. Kxc7 h2 43. Rb1 Rxc3+ 44. Kxb6 Rb3+ 45. Rxb3 h1=Q 46. a5 Qe4 47. Ka7 Qe7+ 48. Ka8 Kg7 49. Rb6 Qc5 Nepomniachtchi resigns.
Carlsen has been holding the title since beating India’s Vishwanathan Anand in 2013. He would complete a decade as the World Chess Champion at the time of defending his title in 2023.