Magnus Carlsen had the upper hand, but Jan Nepomnyashchij escaped.
MAGNUS CARLSEN-JAN NEPOMNJASJTSJIJ 0.5–0.5
Magnus Carlsen could have won. And he could have lost. But the other World Cup party ended in a draw, after a real war on the board.
Carlsen played aggressively with white pieces and was closest to winning towards the end, but opponent Nepomnyashchij managed.
– Magnus will be so annoyed with himself, says Grandmaster David Howell in the broadcast to chess24.com.
– A terrific party
This was the second straight draw at the World Cup in Dubai. But ever since Magnus Carlsen sacrificed a farmer early, there was excitement.
Carlsen played surprisingly and ambitiously. Initially, Nepomnyashchy seemed uncomfortable.
However, the players alternated on the upper hand. For a long time, “Nepo” had one tower more than Carlsen, while the Norwegian had one more horse. It would normally have been a great advantage for the Russian, but Carlsen’s pieces were generally better placed.
The position was fragile for both parties. Several times, one inaccurate move could have ruined everything.
– A terrific party, sums up Jon Ludvig Hammer on VGTV.
The World Cup match is played as the best of 14 games. On Sunday, game 3 will be played, where Nepomnyashchij has the advantage of white pieces