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2021 World Chess Championship: Game 3
Sunday, 28 November 2021
“Perfect Game”… but for both players.
Draw streak continues!
The press conference of the World Chess Championships addressed a comment about the World Championships going five years without a decisive result. Magnus Carlsen hinted that future matches should feature various formats. Ian Nepomniachtchi explained that the games were of higher quality and thus, fewer errors. Matches are still the gold standard for chess, but how does one explain draw to the public? Even for those who are well-information about chess, they may take a string of draws as boring.
Game 3 wasn’t exactly a snooze fest, but it was a battle of preparation and both teams showed they were working hard in trying to glide on a razor’s edge. Black’s 10…Re8 has not fared well at the elite level, but perhaps Carlsen had a wrinkle.
Carlsen again sprung the first (small) surprise with 10…Re8. Both 10…Na5 and 10…Nd7 are far more popular options. Players now follow a 2001 rapid game of Kasparov after 12.Bd2. #CarlsenNepo
— Erwin l'Ami (@erwinlami) November 28, 2021
There was no wrinkle and Carlsen was actually dismissive. He was far more insightful in the press conference when talking about activities for the rest, doping, NBA basketball and his last answer during Q&A. If you didn’t see, check out the broadcast.
Video by GM Daniel King
Video by FIDE Chess