Carlsen vs. Nepomniachtchi: World Championship – Game 1

Greetings chess players. My name is Chris Torres, and this is Daily Chess Musings’ Special Coverage of the 2021 FIDE World Championship Match between Magnus Carlsen and Ian Nepomniachtchi.

Game 1 of the Carlsen-Nepomniachtchi match was a passionately fought battle which culminated in a draw. Along the way, Magnus Carlsen used a rare line in the Ruy Lopez to instigate the loss of his center pawn in return for space and force. These imbalances left Ian Nepomniachtchi on the defensive for most of the game. With plenty of subtle tactical ideas at play and so much at stake, game 1 of the 2021 FIDE World Championship Match was truly a modern classic.

So, without further ado, let’s examine some incredible chess!

I hope you enjoyed today’s special presentation of round one from the 2021 FIDE World Championship Match between Magnus Carlsen and Ian Nepomniachtchi. For more on the match please visit the official website at https://fideworldchampionship.com. Additionally, please take a moment to like this video and subscribe to my Daily Chess Musings YouTube channel. Finally, be sure to check out DailyChessMusings.com to find my notes to this video as well as thousands of other free learning resources. My name is Chris Torres, and I will see you tomorrow with a special presentation of round 2 from the Carlsen-Nepomniachtchi Match.

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Nepomniachtchi Ian (RUS)
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Chris Torres is a nationally renowned scholastic chess coach working in the San Francisco Bay Area. His classes have attracted players of strengths ranging from rank beginners to world champions. A chess professional since 1998, Chris is widely recognized as one of the main driving forces behind the explosion in popularity and sudden rise in quality of scholastic chess in California. Chris Torres served as the President of the Torres Chess and Music Academy from 2005-2020 and currently is recognized as a correspondence chess master with the United States Chess Federation. Since 1998 Chris Torres has taught 6 individual national champions as well as led multiple school teams to win national championship titles. In addition, Chris Torres has directed and taught at 10 different schools which have been California State Champions at chess. In 2011 and 2012, several former and current students of Chris Torres have been selected to represent the United States at the World Youth Chess Championships. Mr. Torres’ hobbies include playing classical guitar and getting his students to appear on the national top 100 chess rating lists.

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