Carlsen vs. Nepomniachtchi: World Championship – Game 6 Part 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 6 was the first decisive game of the 2021 World Championship game. Magnus Carlsen beat the Russian challenger grandmaster Ian Nepomniachtchi in a game that I can only describe as being historic both in terms of its length and importance. So historic in fact, that I will be breaking it up over three videos.

The first time control of Game 6 was a rollercoaster ride with Carlsen using a non-forceful opening setup with the white pieces to avoid opening theory in favor of actually playing chess. On move 17, Nepo rejecting an opportunity to swap queens and later offered Magnus Calrsen the opportunity to trade his queen for two rooks. Carlsen agreed to this exchange which created mega imbalances. A fierce skirmish ensued with both players so low on time that they were both literally seconds away from immediately losing. Under this extreme time pressure, Carlsen uncharacteristically missed some important opportunities and when the dust settled on move 40, both players received an additional hour to continue the fight from an equal yet wonderfully imbalanced position.

Now, without further ado, let’s take a close look at Part 1 of 3 from game 6 of the Carlsen-Nepomniachtchi Match!


I hope you enjoyed today’s special presentation of part one of game 6 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 next time with a special presentation of part 2 of game 6 from the Carlsen-Nepomniachtchi Match.

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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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