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Norway Chess R6: Karjakin gets his revenge against Nepomniachtchi

by Shahid Ahmed - 14/09/2021

Sergey Karjakin defeated the World Championship Challenger - Ian Nepomniachtchi in Armageddon in the sixth round of Norway Chess 2021. One could not ask for a better way to start a week than to beat the world champion on Sunday and then beat his challenger on Monday. Rapport and Carlsen won their Classical games against Tari and Firouzja respectively. The Hungarian extended his sole lead by three points from his nearest pursuant, Nepomniachtchi 9.5/18, closely followed by Carlsen 9.0/18 and Karjakin 8.5/18. Last year also, Carlsen did not get into the sole lead until the eighth round before winning the event with a round to spare. Will history repeat itself again? Round 7 starts today at 8:30 p.m. IST. Photo: Lennart Ootes/Norway Chess

Rapport extends his sole lead

Richard Rapport once again defeated Aryan Tari in the Classical game to extend his sole lead 12.5/18. Nepomniachtchi suffered his second loss in Armageddon which indicates the absolute form of tie-breaks is not his forte.

Karjakin beat the world champion and his challenger in consecutive rounds | Photo: Lennart Ootes/Norway Chess

Carlsen - Firouzja: 3-0

Carlsen grinded a relatively equal same color bishop endgame until Firouzja faltered and lost the game.

Position after 41.Ke5

It seems like Black is about to lose either the f4 or a6-pawn. However, it is still not over yet. 41...Bd7 and Bh3 both can save the game for Black. However, 41...Kg6 finishes the game for Black. Find out the difference.

Carlsen had a firm grip | Photo: Lennart Ootes/Norway Chess

Rapport - Tari: 3-0

Rapport gained decisive advantage in the endgame Tari's king was exposed and an incorrect displacement completely shifted the advantage in Rapport's favor.

Position after 25...Kf8

25...Kf8 unnecessarily puts Black in more trouble than he could ask for. 26.Re1 limits Black's choices and White gets into the driver's seat. 26...Rc6 27.Rh8+ Kg7 28.Reh1 f5 29.R1h7+ and it became just a matter of time before Black loses the f5-pawn and eventually the game.

Rapport gets closer to winning the tournament | Photo: Lennart Ootes/Norway Chess

Karjakin - Nepomniachtchi: 1.5-1

The Classical game between Karjakin and Nepomniachtchi ended in a draw. Karjakin had multiple opportunities to finish the Armageddon early.

Armageddon

Position after 21...Ne5

22.Bxf6 Rxf6 23.Rxe4 is a better continuation for White than immediate 22.d6 as it drops the pawn in the next move.

Position after 29...Qd2

30.Qh7 immediately finishes the game as Black cannot defend both skewer threat on d-file and the rook.

Karjakin got the better of Nepomniachtchi | Photo: Lennart Ootes/Norway Chess

Photo Gallery

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The spectator's perspective | Photo: Lennart Ootes/Norway Chess

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Replay Round 6 games

Pairings

Pairings for all rounds | Photo: chess24

Results

Carlsen beats Firouzja in Classical | Photo: Norway Chess

Rapport once again beats Tari in Classical | Photo: Norway Chess

Karjakin beats the world championship challenger Nepomniachtchi in Armageddon | Photo: Norway Chess

Standings

Rapport extends his sole lead | Photo: Norway Chess

Scoring

Players will get the following points per round:

Victory in main game: 3 points

Loss in main game: 0 points

Draw in main game & victory Armageddon: 1.5 points

Draw in main game & loss Armageddon: 1 point

Armageddon Rules

• If there is a draw in the classical game, then the players will move on to Armageddon.

• White pieces will continue with white in Armageddon. With this, there will be a winner in each game due to the fact that black pieces will win if the game ends in a draw.

Replay the Live Stream

Greatest female chess player of all time GM Judit Polgar, GM David Howell and New In Chess editor-in-chief Dirk Jan ten Geuzendam are the Official Commentators | Video: chess24

Links

Norway Chess official site