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Nepomniachtchi vs Carlsen, Game 1 | 2021 FIDE World Chess Championship

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3-time defending champion Magnus Carlsen plays black in game 1 against Ian Nepomniachtchi

Featured is my video review of game 1 of the 2021 FIDE World Chess Championship match between Ian Nepomniachtchi and Magnus Carlsen. A Ruy Lopez surfaces with Nepomniachtchi avoiding the Marshall Attack. Carlsen opts early for a line that strikes imbalances with white having an extra pawn, and black having the bishop pair. An important part of this game involves 2 knights jockeying for position, with a fight over outpost squares. This best of 14 games match is being held in Dubai. The first player to earn 7.5 points earns the lion's share (60%) of about a $2.24 million prize pool, and the most prestigious title in chess, "World Chess Champion".

Ian Nepomniachtchi vs Magnus Carlsen, Game 1

Tale of the tape | Ian Nepomniachtchi vs Magnus Carlsen, Game 1

Game 1 brought out excellent engine-like play by both players, with each registering a single-digit Average centipawn loss. The evaluation was always between +0.9 and -0.7 throughout.


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I thank you in advance for any likes and/or follows you may give. If you have any questions or comments about game 1 between Ian Nepomniachtchi and Magnus Carlsen, I would prefer they be directed to the video's comments section on YouTube. All games of this match can be found in this playlist.

I hope you have, in some way, benefited from this post. Thank you for taking the time to read.
Be well... -Jerry