Carlsen vs. Nepomniachtchi: World Championship – Game 8

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.

In the eighth game of their 2021 World Championship Match, Magnus Carlsen defeated Ian Nepomniachtchi again taking a two-point lead in the match score. Carlsen had white and Nepomniachtchi returned to the Russian Game. This time, however, Magnus used the 3. d4 line to reach a completely symmetrical position against Nepo after 8 moves. Still a point down in the match, Ian gambled a bit with 9…. h5 and Carlsen punished his risky play by playing for the win. After a couple of dubious moves by Nepo, Magnus Carlsen used perfect technique to win a queen and pawn endgame. Now at a two-point deficit against Magnus Carlsen, the door is quickly closing on Ian Nepomniachtchi’s bid to become the World Chess Champion.

I hope you enjoyed today’s special presentation of round 8 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 Friday after their day off with a special presentation of round 9 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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