Carlsen, 31, took advantage of a mistake by his Russian challenger to take an unassailable lead in a best-of-14 contest, winning his fourth game of the match with the Black Peace.
Carlson said, “I didn’t expect it to go like this. I think it was a pretty good professional performance overall. No regrets, just very satisfied.”
Magnus Carlsen: “I’m definitely overjoyed. I didn’t expect it to go like this. I think it was a pretty good p… https://t.co/Yx3hfMA1Ce.
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His large margin of victory made it the most one-sided World Championship ever since Cuba’s José Ral Capablanca defeated German Emmanuel Lasker 9–5 in 1921 – a result that some would have bet during the early stages of the competition.
“After five games there were five draws and I had very little chance to play anything else,” Carlsen said.
“Then everything clicked and after that it all went my way. You don’t expect to get away with it at the World Championships.”
Last moments of game 11. “Game, set and match.” #CarlsenNepo #FIDEmatch2021 https://t.co/lYOa1QuOKC
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The competition began to life in Game 6, with Carlsen winning with the white pieces after seven hours 45 minutes and 136 moves – the longest game in World Championship history.
April saw a sluggish 41-move draw before Carlsen won again with white in the form of Candidates tournament winner Nepomniachtchi, who blew up a pawn move in the middle game.
final handshake. #CarlsenNepo https://t.co/CXyMQk2Xkc
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Nepomniachtchi made another error in Game 9, allowing his light-squared bishop to be trapped after only 27 moves and leaving Carlsen on the verge of a fourth successful title defense.
After another draw, Friday’s game 11 showed that world number five Nepomniachtchi had not recovered from his previous defeat as he lost focus again.
Nepomniachtchi: “The result … the good news is that it was almost nothing about chess. But the match included … https://t.co/BhzJVEZMXc
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“These things that happened here have basically never happened to me in any event,” said a disappointed Nepomniachtchi of his blunders.
“In my career I have lost some stupid games but not in such a short period of time.”