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Sport To start the Chess World Cup: Why Carlsen against Nepomnjaschi no spectacle is

10:40  26 november  2021
10:40  26 november  2021 Source:   tagesspiegel.de

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The chess World Cup between Magnus Carlsen and Jan Nepomnjashchi is above all a missed chance. Sporty interesting it will still be. A comment.

Schachfans müssen sich ab Freitag mit dem WM-Match Carlsen, 30, gegen Jan Nepomnjaschtschi, 31, zufrieden geben. © Photo: DPA Chess fans must be satisfied from Friday with the World Cup Match Carlsen, 30, against Jan Nepomnjashchi, 31,

It could have been a medial chess spectacle, comparable to the Challenger's World Cup fight against Boris Spasski in 1972 in Reykjavik. Number one against the number two of the world: Magnus Carlsen against Alireza Firouzja, against the native Iranian and electoral forunt who has just exceeded the magical border of 2800 ELO points at the age of 18 years. That would not even have done King Magnus. Firouzja's performance is reminiscent of legendary players.

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would have been ... Chess fans have to be satisfied from Friday with the World Cup match Carlsen, 30, against Jan Nepomnjaschi , 31. The latter had qualified in a long-prone candidate tournament. Jan, who, will some questions? In doing so, the always boring and silent therefore coming Russian as the only player of the world elite in classical format has a positive score against the unconfirmable Norwegian World Champion.

and: Nepomnjaschi (called "Nepo" in chess circles) has caught up in terms of fitness. In the summer, he has not only closed ten kilos, but in Munich undergone a sports medical examination and advised from FC-Bayern athletic coach Marcus Lindner.

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Carlsen will be on the hat. Self-confident enough is Nepo. 14 lots are played in Dubai. Everyone is waiting for a slip-up of the other, pure nervous thing at both playing strength. Nepomnjaschi has white in the first party. A small psychological suit advantage.

but no matter who wins - probably at the end of Carlsen, as for eight years - the next World Cup opponent is certainly standing: Alireza Firouzja, the France last almost single-handedly led to the silver medal at the team-EM. He has to win 2022 only the next candidate tournament. The king against the shooting star. Maybe there is even a bit more attention for the chess game.

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After resting day it goes on Friday © imago images / Itar-TASS has not yet come beyond a dot division: Magnus Carlsen. After three and a half hours game, the point was divided on Wednesday in Dubai. The Russian challenger Jan Nepomnjaschi remained faithful to his line with the white stones and repeated a Spanish opening. defending champion Magnus Carlsen wich as the first to the previous lots.

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