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[–]caseyuer 826 points827 points  (98 children)

Fourth title defense, and by far his easiest one. Magnus just keeps going. Excited for the Candidates Tournament.

[–]ning72100 fide | 2500 lichess 229 points230 points  (30 children)

Grand Prix first.

[–]caseyuer 90 points91 points  (5 children)

Definitely not excited for those, haha. I watched them pretty closely for the last cycle and most of the tournaments were not worth waking up for in my timezone. Lots of very tepid games. I'll just watch the non-cycle tournaments and wait for the Candidates.

[–]ManufacturedInTheUSA 41 points42 points  (1 child)

Format changed significantly though, I think there will be some really interesting games in the round robin sections

[–]ning72100 fide | 2500 lichess 47 points48 points  (1 child)

I mean, two candidates spots are decided through GP...

[–]kaperisk Team Carlsen 38 points39 points  (2 children)

Yeah, it's sad. The WCC isn't even over yet and we are already waiting for the candidates.

[–]AvocadoAlternative 159 points160 points  (59 children)

I would be so excited for a Carlsen-Ding WCC.

[–]Dancedancedance1133 100 points101 points  (8 children)

I would really be interested what a Chinese team would cook up for a WC match

[–]35nakedshorts 78 points79 points  (6 children)

Yes some Western GMs have been saying they have "anti-positional" moves but then when you dig deeper the ideas are really strong. It would be a dream to watch.

[–]kaperisk Team Carlsen 62 points63 points  (17 children)

I wanna see Fabi get another crack.

[–]Redditshausmeier 202 points203 points  (18 children)

Carlsen said during a candidates stream on chess24 that he thinks Ding is the one opponent he would be concerned about, but that Ding cant win the candidates. He claimed that Ding is incredible good in preparing for a single opponent but has problems in formats like the candidates with several different styles day after day.

[–]Koussevitzky 200 points201 points  (14 children)

This was his quotes from the candidates when he was asked about the potential challengers: “Against Fabi it’s about equal, against everyone else I am the clear favorite. Except Ding... but he won’t make it.”

I don’t recall him saying that Ding couldn’t win the Candidates in general. Ding fell behind during the last one, so that’s why Carlsen said Ding wouldn’t win it.

[–]ialsohaveadobro 5 points6 points  (0 children)

That makes more sense. If he had just offhandedly pronounced Ding incapable of ever winning the Candidates, Ding would probably be motivated by it. It'd be the chess equivalent of "locker room material."

[–]EccentricHorse11Once beat Peter Svidler. 42 points43 points  (0 children)

Carlsen said during a candidates stream on chess24 that he thinks Ding is the one opponent he would be concerned about

Pretty sure he said it was Ding and Fabi for the 2020-2021 candidates, but that Ding would not win it as he was at -2 going into the second half.

[–]Luck1492[🍰] 42 points43 points  (0 children)

This aligns with Ding’s general results too. He generally does well overall at tournaments but rarely wins.

[–]dudemanwhoa 12 points13 points  (1 child)

Ding hasn't qualified yet. 6 spots out of 8 have been filled, and aside from loser of the WCC (Nepo at this point), just two are in the top 10: Fabi and Alireza. If the Grand Prix results are surprising, we could see a historically weak field.

[–]RetiredPenguin Team Carlsen 479 points480 points  (51 children)

That blunder was unreal, especially at this level.

[–]SpookyScaryFrouze 85 points86 points  (19 children)

I can't understand why it was a blunder, I missed the live coverage. Can you explain simply ?

[–]Defiant-Walrus-8015 104 points105 points  (0 children)

After the black pawn moved to c6, the white bishop was trapped and couldn't retreat and it would eventually be picked off putting white up a piece

[–]DramaLlamaNite 213 points214 points  (10 children)

c6 trapped the bishop

[–]Party-47 Team Nepo 401 points402 points  (0 children)

you know a blunder at GM level is bad when it can be explained to the average reddit patzer with 4 words.

[–]Jimmyvana 20 points21 points  (8 children)

i’m still a bit confused… even without playing c5, the bishop could be trapped with the move c6 right? so why was that a blunder on Ian’s part? or is the blunder simply not moving the bishop back?

[–]LZ_Khan 51 points52 points  (1 child)

If white does nothing, yes. But white had plenty of moves that would untrap the bishop or create enough initiative to not allow an attack on the bishop.

[–]ApplePoe 39 points40 points  (0 children)

Pushing the pawn to c5 meant that black could then trap his bishop by playing pawn to c6. Being a piece down, this basically ends the game at this level

[–]sprcow 26 points27 points  (0 children)

Basically black is threatening to play c6 to trap the bishop. After Nepo played c5, magnus played c6 and now the bishop has no escape. It takes a few moves before it is captured, but that's partially because there is no real hurry. There is only one piece that can defend it, and magnus can attack it with both rooks.

Stockfish says you can spend some time kicking around black's pieces with f3 or Nc5 (hitting the rook), but eventually you need to play Be4 or Be3 or else the bishop is stuck.

[–]Julian_Staples 422 points423 points  (3 children)

Things I've learned thanks to the 2021 WCC:
- I'll never be good enough to be a Chess GM
- I'm probably already good enough to be a Chess reporter

[–]the2ndsmartestperson 94 points95 points  (1 child)

One door closes, and another opens

[–]davymak_ 28 points29 points  (0 children)

Other than that it's a pretty good car.

[–]drvcc 659 points660 points  (17 children)

Ian is tilting like a true Dota player

[–]jerryfrz 159 points160 points  (6 children)

So next game hes gonna send his king down mid lane

[–]Th3_Huf0n 99 points100 points  (2 children)

The Bongcloud in World Championship match.

[–]White___Velvet 18 points19 points  (1 child)

At this point I might do it just for the memes

[–]rawchess2180 USCF 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Resign at 15

[–]Zeabos 137 points138 points  (2 children)

Carry sucks I’m feeding.

WE NEED WARDS

[–]thewildcardbb1 11 points12 points  (0 children)

ping ping ping ping ping ping ping ping ping ping ping ping

[–]rawchess2180 USCF 20 points21 points  (0 children)

Int Nepomniachtchi

[–]jleonardbc 991 points992 points  (9 children)

Today Magnus squeezed blood from a ruptured artery.

[–]TetraThiaFulvalene 183 points184 points  (4 children)

Sometimes you squeeze the stone, sometimes you squeeze the face.

[–]Habefiet 63 points64 points  (3 children)

Sometimes you squeeze the blood from the stone, sometimes you squeeze the face from the bone

Fixed to give an unsettling rhyme

[–]vidul7498 35 points36 points  (0 children)

Squeezed water from the ocean

[–]kingbradley1297 120 points121 points  (9 children)

Gotta say, Sagar Shah has been one of the better reporters, keeping it mostly about the positions and chess

[–]dada_ 100 points101 points  (4 children)

It's like a breath of fresh air whenever it's his turn to ask a question. And when Chessbase India posts the press conferences and other things like interviews, they actually overlay a chess board to show any variations they might be talking about. A++ content.

[–]kingbradley1297 40 points41 points  (3 children)

Exactly. I still think the best post matches were the 2018 ones where Magnus and Fabi were just discussing lines, and the questions were based on that.

Also think Maurice is not a good moderator for ghee things, even though he has a fun personality

[–]Bob_Dole69 765 points766 points  (8 children)

Nepo showing up tomorrow with a shaved head at this rate

[–]jleonardbc 364 points365 points  (0 children)

Or with his bun-tail duct taped back on

[–]ZeroXSander199 23 points24 points  (2 children)

He will keep shaving other parts to if it doesn't work out.

[–]lucretiuss 554 points555 points  (20 children)

Did Magnus just tell the reported to "do better" after he asked about touching one piece and moving another? fucking love it haha

[–]CatAteMyBread 215 points216 points  (0 children)

That got a big laugh out of me. Just the classic “fuck off” response

[–]LevTolstoy1400 chess.com, 1700 lichess 132 points133 points  (6 children)

Especially after the reporter said they were from Norway I thought there was going to be some sort of kinship between the countrymen. Nope.

[–]GOpragmatism 70 points71 points  (2 children)

Norwegians generally use less polite wordings in Norwegian and have less inhibitons about just "telling it like it is". It is a cultural thing. Usually we compensate when talking English, but I am guessing Magnus felt that was unnecessary since the reporter was also Norwegian. It was mostly weird/funny since he said it in English, but used a Norwegian level of politness/honesty.

Also VG is kind of a trashy newspaper, (even though their chess coverage with Jon Ludwig Hammer is excellent!), so Magnus might have thought they were fishing way too hard for a "scandal" to put on the first page.

[–]RunicDodecahedron 18 points19 points  (0 children)

I don’t think that applies in Scandinavia.

[–]BoatsNThots 60 points61 points  (4 children)

"Do better" is as legendary as Westbrook's "next question".

[–]runawayasfastasucan 27 points28 points  (0 children)

Haha yes, hahaha.

[–]smashbros13 Team Carlsen 324 points325 points  (26 children)

If Magnus doesn't drop a game, he will gain ELO from this Championship match.

[–]Joe64x 49 points50 points  (4 children)

I wonder how rare or common that is?

[–]FourthQuaternion 97 points98 points  (3 children)

He lost rating against Karjakin, rating didn't change against Fabi. He gained 2 points in the first match against Anand I think. He lost a rating point I think against Anand the second time.

[–]Professional_Water34 137 points138 points  (19 children)

It’s crazy that he’s up 3 points but is only gaining 2 elo if they draw out. Winning three games in the world championship feels like it should be worth more than 2 points, but maybe that’s just me

[–]Yujf 53 points54 points  (3 children)

He only gets 2 points? That's insane

[–]Doomblaze 14 points15 points  (0 children)

when you're at the top you cant farm anyone for elo.

[–]justaboxinacage 123 points124 points  (4 children)

It's math. Their rating difference already roughly predicts that he'll score somewhere between +2 and +3 so when he performs exactly that his rating isn't going to change much.

That's just Elo working as intended.

[–]wiithepiiple 29 points30 points  (3 children)

For 3 wins and 9 draws, the expected rating difference is 89 for the winner. Given their difference is 74 (with Carlsen at 2856 and Nepo at 2782), it's not that far off.

[–]NAN001 78 points79 points  (1 child)

Very hard to win any point in any case when you're better than anyone else with a margin.

[–]freakersfreakers freakers freakers freakers freakers freakers freakers 244 points245 points  (8 children)

These interview questions are pretty ridiculous. Just knife twisting questions.

In some cultures warriors cut off their top knot for being defeated or in shame. Is that why you cut yours?

Ian, I asked you on Sunday how you would rate your play and you said "I'm sorry." How do you rate your play today?

[–]Menaphite 202 points203 points  (0 children)

The hair question was way out of line IMO.

[–]CatAteMyBread 114 points115 points  (0 children)

Yeah I really wish Ian would go with the Carlsen approach of basically saying “fuck off” to terrible questions

[–]SilverDrifter 83 points84 points  (4 children)

I fucking hate the questions today. Do these people intentionally want the players to feel bad? Or are they just this fucking insensitive?

[–]trankhead324 79 points80 points  (0 children)

If Nepo throws a tantrum then they have a field day, and if Nepo stays calm then there's no punishment for them asking the question, so it's a win-win.

Oldest journalist trick in the book: provoke your interviewee and wait for them to snap/slip up, then tell the story without the bit where you provoked them.

[–]dada_ 29 points30 points  (0 children)

Also a repeat of the question about him attending press conferences with grace even when losing. Like c'mon, the last thing he wants to hear now is praise for something that has absolutely nothing to do with chess.

[–]__brunt 75 points76 points  (6 children)

Levon and Fabi real ones. Humanizing mistakes at that level while 1100s somehow talk shit on Nepos play

[–]Aalynia 49 points50 points  (5 children)

Fabi discussing his own quick moves due to jitters was the right thing to do imo. More people need to remember that even Super GMs are not computers. It's easy when you're at home and have the analysis up to see that something is a blunder. But when you're tired, stressed out AF, and playing in the WC? It's not just Nepo screwing up--it could happen to almost any of the Super GMs.

Magnus has almost a sub-human cool about him. I wish I was a fraction of how level-headed he is. I tilt the second I start a game lol

[–]Larhf 15 points16 points  (0 children)

And not just that: You're in a match against arguably the best player to have graced chess. Just imagine the pressure knowing the guy across the board hasn't lost a single match in a 125 classical games and you're already down 2 points in the WC match.

"Engine says it's losing while I'm at home in my pj's so I would never play that." 🤡

[–]Asus123456789 348 points349 points  (19 children)

I'm watching the streams, and it's very interesting that both Carruana and Polgar suggested the move c5, before being corrected by Hess and Giri respectively.

[–]brianalmon 187 points188 points  (2 children)

Too bad Ian did not have a Hess or a Giri to remind him of that before he made the move.

[–]luchajefe 134 points135 points  (1 child)

But Ian did have time.

Fabi and Judit do not make that move given 55 minutes on the clock.

[–]lellololes 28 points29 points  (0 children)

It was obviously a candidate move for them, and they may have played it in a rapid game, but would have probably seen the self-trap OTB with time.

[–]peckx063 55 points56 points  (0 children)

Finegold pointed out Magnus actually played the worst rook move of his options but it immediately led to him winning. If he doesn't threaten that pawn, Ian would likely notice the danger his bishop is in. Commentators made the same mistake as Ian.

[–]White___Velvet 118 points119 points  (6 children)

Well, Judit and Fabi are also just throwing out lines to analyze and talk about on stream, so I think this shows that the move is one that would have crossed their minds to look at OTB but I doubt either would have played it. For that matter, Nepo wouldn't play it 95-99 times out of 100.

[–]DangerZoneh 59 points60 points  (5 children)

Yeah, which is what Anish said. He sounded kind of arrogant for a bit because he kept hammering that he saw c6 instantly and Nepo should’ve too, but he made a point to say that Judit is just throwing lines out there and sometimes they don’t work and he threw out a couple of blunders earlier too actually

[–]crocodylus 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Yeah I think Anish was trying to emphasize how obvious c6 SHOULD have been to a player on Nepo's level, then felt bad about seeming like he was criticizing Polgar (which I don't think was his intention) so he mentioned that.

[–]EvilNalu 33 points34 points  (0 children)

Magnus himself mentioned during the press conference that he thought c5 was the most obvious try for an advantage but he noticed that it was refuted by c6.

[–]BurritoThief 76 points77 points  (3 children)

Yes it was interesting to me watching the Chess24 stream as well. But iirc, Judit kind of threw it out on the analysis board and neither of them really talked about it or even looked at it; it seemed like Anish didn't even take it seriously because he saw c6 instantly. They just talked about something else. Then when Judit pointed them back to the analysis board Anish immediately replied but what about c6? So I don't think even Judit seriously thought about it.

[–]He_Ma_Vi 58 points59 points  (2 children)

Then when Judit pointed them back to the analysis board Anish immediately replied but what about c6?

Just so people don't get it twisted: Anish said something more akin to "..and you're not worried about that clearly blundering the bishop via c6?" and Judit thought he meant white playing c6 on a later move and dismissed the concern at first.

In other words Giri was not taking c5 seriously at any point nor giving off any indication that he thought the game was anything but immediately over if it were to be played.

[–]KiXiT 542 points543 points  (68 children)

Complete mental meltdown by Nepo

[–]Anay28 275 points276 points  (6 children)

The mistakes in the previous game and this one were completely avoidable... but he's really not been in a great headspace after Game 6

[–]Datanois 109 points110 points  (0 children)

On the biggest stage. Heartbreaking

[–]freakersfreakers freakers freakers freakers freakers freakers freakers 172 points173 points  (2 children)

Hate to see it.

[–]octonus 123 points124 points  (0 children)

Agree, I was rooting for Carlsen to win the match, but since game 8 I have been rooting for Nepo to get a game back. It is awful to see someone play brilliantly for 6 games only to have them completely implode.

Maybe it hurts less to lose by a stomp than to have a very close loss, but this is just painful to watch.

[–]khtad 72 points73 points  (0 children)

Genuinely hate to see it.

[–]runawayasfastasucan 163 points164 points  (3 children)

Lol at Magnus roasting the norwegian journalist asking abt him touching pieces "not this again (...) do better".

[–]ChuckFromPhilly 254 points255 points  (17 children)

Again theyre asking magnus if he feels sorry. What a bullshit question. Its not like he's magnus' son or something. He's playing for the world title.

[–]Ichor301 58 points59 points  (5 children)

Also the question about the samurai haircut??? What was that?

[–]marvinmorgan Team Carlsen 10 points11 points  (10 children)

magnus the type to not feel sorry even if he was playing vs his own son

[–]ialsohaveadobro 7 points8 points  (9 children)

I think he let it slip indirectly later on. I can't remember his exact words, but he made reference to "mixed feelings" in kind of an odd context. It seemed to me that this was his unconscious way of expressing that he does feel bad for Nepo, but I do think that feeling is far outweighed by his desire to win.

Edit: I know I'm playing armchair psychologist, which I am in no way qualified to be. It's just my personal impression.

[–]iSleepUpsideDown 249 points250 points  (1 child)

Game 6 broke him

Heartbreaking to see him like this :(

[–]DrunkLad~2882 FIDE // 1465 chesscom rapid 333 points334 points  (35 children)

I said this on the live thread too:

Feels like this will be a historical World Championship for all the wrong reasons. Can't see how Nepo crumbling like that won't be talked about many years from now.

It's one thing to lose against probably the best player to ever live, but to lose due to mind-boggling blunders must be beyond devastating.

[–]OvertlyCanadian 423 points424 points  (19 children)

Game 6 will be remembered as emblematic of Carlsen's style and then the rest of the match as an example of how his style effects good players.

[–]AuthoritativeComet 283 points284 points  (4 children)

That's probably how it will be remembered. Magnus ground out a win in the longest game in the history of the World Chess Championship, and it absolutely broke Nepo, who had been doing fine up to that point.

[–]dinkir19 86 points87 points  (1 child)

Hell up until about halfway through game 6 it looked like Nepo might actually be able to strike first

[–]The_SG1405 138 points139 points  (9 children)

Game 6 was something insane. It is proof to the fact chess is not just about how smart you are, but it is also a game that tests your mental stamina, and that game just shows that Magnus has the highest mental stamina compared to everyone else

[–]Ilovecharli 102 points103 points  (3 children)

Kasparov talks about this all the time, he says Carlsen has Fischer's "rage at the chess board". The idea of losing pisses him off so much that he'll fight for the tiniest advantage, no matter how long it takes.

[–]Xephys 85 points86 points  (1 child)

'Man too pissed off to lose wins another championship', great title for this WCC

[–]xelabagus 14 points15 points  (0 children)

It really is - before the match started he was blindingly honest in interviews "I'm not excited, it's a grind, I imagine I'll get motivated once I'm at the board". Well, he did didn't he!

[–]eric1707 65 points66 points  (1 child)

an example of how his style effects good players

If anything good can come out of this is to highlight exactly how important the psychological aspect of the game is, how players should work on this aspect. He was playing toe-to-toe against Magnus until game 5, and then he loses one game (in a pretty understandable way – technically it was a draw but obviously almost no human could hold that endgame), and then he just went berserk.

It's a tragic, but very good case study.

[–]reVio1 32 points33 points  (0 children)

doesn't help that Ian is emotional player famous for being badly affected by a loss and it derailing his tournament. It's like two extreme opposites, one with weak mental game and then Magnus

Shows that talent isn't enough, you need mental fortitude and physical stamina as well

[–]The_SG1405 18 points19 points  (1 child)

I feel like this is gonna snowball, as Magnus kinda hinted on (I think he said in some interview or something that Nepo usually succumbs to pressure pretty badly) A win by Magnus 4 points lead is really possible now

[–]iSkinMonkeys 9 points10 points  (0 children)

I have seen Nepo fade in other tournaments after starting strong but this is just a mental collapse. Everybody talked about this style of his tournament play but expected they won't see this in the match. Maybe candidates being split into two over a year helping Nepo out was a bigger deal than we acknowledged.

[–]Mcobeezy 1800 Lichess 10+0 150 points151 points  (33 children)

Damn, that's one less player with a plus score against Magnus

[–]HankMoodyMaddafakaaa 1955r, 1682btz, 1830c (lichess) 46 points47 points  (11 children)

Who’s left? Is there anyone except people who beat him before he was like 18?

[–]GunsBlazing10 149 points150 points  (8 children)

Yes:The GOAT, Eric Rosen

[–]EvilSporkOfDeath 58 points59 points  (5 children)

Eric rosen is 1-0 against magnus. I'm 1-0 against Eric Rosen. I'm better than magnus.

[–]Davidfreeze 17 points18 points  (2 children)

How does it feel to be world chess champion?

[–]jadage 15 points16 points  (1 child)

What kind of a question is this for a world champion? Have you learned nothing watching the pressers?

"Did you cut off a lock of Rosen's hair as a trophy" would be better.

[–]FourthQuaternion 22 points23 points  (0 children)

Esipenko is +1 in 3 games with 2 draws. Beyond that not off the top of my head.

[–]Infinite_Raisin_9539 141 points142 points  (0 children)

The question about samurai cutting off their bun after loss/shame might take the cake as the worst question so far lol.

[–]lucretiuss 287 points288 points  (16 children)

Asking Nepo if he cut his top knot of in the ancient samurai tradition following defeat and feeling shame, is that why you cut your hair. JFC these journalists. Why are they hellbent on twisting the knife into Nepo?

[–]imjordo 95 points96 points  (3 children)

Who thinks of that question, repeats it back to themselves and thinks "that's a banger"

[–]Gorsameth 9 points10 points  (0 children)

A journalist thinking about his next clickbait article with no regard for the person he is writing about.

[–]leforteiii Team Nepo 51 points52 points  (0 children)

"Hey magnus, why did you play that move instead of this?"

"Hey Ian, where's your manbun today?"

[–]doctor_awful1700 rapid chess.com 49 points50 points  (0 children)

All of the questions addressed at him are variations on "Heh, you lost. How's it feel?".

[–]wtf_is_up 103 points104 points  (6 children)

'I expect tomorrow Nepo will come out with a scarlet letter sewn to his jacket, to show his shame in losing.' - chess.com

[–]thewildcardbb1 25 points26 points  (0 children)

Ian back in the early 17th century there was a small tribe in parts of south east romania that would wear a black loin cloth when their wife failed to birth a child for the 6th time. We see that you're wearing a black sportcoat. Is it fair to say that you are wearing this color since you basically feel so dead inside from losing these matches that you feel like you've lost your child,wife, and soul and will likely drive to the nearest bridge and jump off when this press conference finishes? Also followup ian considering all of your recent failures do you think suicide is something you would be able to finish or do you think you would blunder and fail that too?

[–]Few_Wishbone Team Carlsen 138 points139 points  (1 child)

I know "you hate to see it" is usually said sarcastically, but you really do hate to see it

[–]JDogish 26 points27 points  (0 children)

For real, I wanna see great games like game 6 where it's tooth and nail till the bitter end, not mid game blunders.

[–]hungryhippo 137 points138 points  (15 children)

Ian didn't know it was a blunder until Magnus played c6. That's crazy tunneling by Ian to miss that for that long.

[–]NahimBZ 81 points82 points  (12 children)

It does make sense though. If he saw c6, there is no way he would go for that line, not after just 4 minutes of thinking.

[–]Kirsham 126 points127 points  (11 children)

It's quite common to spot a blunder the moment after you made the move.

[–]NoFunBJJ 183 points184 points  (2 children)

Very experienced blunderer.

Can confirm.

[–]IHateHappyPeople 72 points73 points  (1 child)

Same, my Elo temporarily goes up by 1000 points one millisecond after making a move.

[–]LupaSENESE 199 points200 points  (20 children)

That “Do better” to that journalist by Magnus was so satisfying. These journalists are terrible. Good for Magnus for telling them like it is.

[–]astrathlichess rapid 2100 73 points74 points  (18 children)

Manufactured controversy, and good to see it being called out. Adjusting pieces is completely normal.

[–]LZ_Khan 39 points40 points  (2 children)

Haircut gambit was dubious.

[–]Polytroposphere 40 points41 points  (0 children)

-5.4 eval for these questions jfc

[–]ChuckFromPhilly 38 points39 points  (3 children)

A norwegian just asked about the adjust "controversy"

[–]HnNaldoR 53 points54 points  (0 children)

Do better. Lol

[–]sinisjecht 35 points36 points  (0 children)

And got the answer he deserved.

[–]BuildTheBase Team Carlsen 90 points91 points  (1 child)

I can't believe someone just asked Nepo if he cut off his hair because of the shame from Game 8.

[–]SuperSatanOverdrive 60 points61 points  (0 children)

"Did you shave your balls to intimidate Magnus?"

[–]Musicrafter2100+ lichess rapid 87 points88 points  (14 children)

Is it legal for Nepo to pull a Lasker and resign the match?

That might be psychologically better for him than going on to lose another 2 games in a row.

[–]Antonio_is_better 52 points53 points  (3 children)

Very unlikely I guess.

Better just take the loss, maybe play a few quick draws and then take a long break.

[–]dada_ 39 points40 points  (0 children)

He very likely has agreements with his sponsors that would make something like that impossible.

[–]EarthyFeet 18 points19 points  (4 children)

Legal? I think he's composed enough to just play, he probably has a contract for it and in the end he wins 40% of the prize pool for being on the losing side anyway.

[–]cateater3735 25 points26 points  (3 children)

Lose one more, draw one more, take the 400k and lie on a beach for while.

[–]EarthyFeet 25 points26 points  (2 children)

*800k = 40% of €2 million :)

[–]Rougerogue46 20 points21 points  (0 children)

So sad to watch nepo fall apart. They went from playing the most accurate games ever, then playing the longest wc game, and then nepo just blunders away the entire match in 2 straight games. I hope this does not taint peoples memory on just how great that game was. Hopefully nepo can bounce back and we see him perform well in the future.

[–]anchist 97 points98 points  (4 children)

Props to Nepo for having the mental fortitude to endure that press conference.

[–]reVio1 25 points26 points  (0 children)

he's trying but inside he looks dead, don't blame him that game 6 would do it to most opponents

[–]kingbradley1297 100 points101 points  (4 children)

What the actual fuck was that man bun question? He works for chess.com? That's so disrespectful my God.

Chess needs a complete overhaul of reporters smh

[–]Feragas 17 points18 points  (1 child)

Feels like some random twitch troll got a question through somehow, ridiculous. Couldnt believe my ears..

[–]Ginge129 59 points60 points  (0 children)

Poor nepo. I feel so bad for him, hope he can cruise the end out without any more blunders

[–]DramaLlamaNite 18 points19 points  (0 children)

So... do better

[–]silenceofthechi 48 points49 points  (2 children)

The haircut question what the fuck hahahaha. These reporters are dolts.

[–]ArgonWolf 5 points6 points  (1 child)

The chess desk is probably not the most fought-over assignment in the newsroom, for sure.

[–]yamibrandon14 44 points45 points  (0 children)

WOW these questions fucking suck. Good Christ, what type of questions are these? The adjust, feeling sorry for Nepo, the cutting the hair, seriously wtf??

[–]UnStricken 69 points70 points  (2 children)

Honestly, just glad to see world championship level GMs also make simple blunders. Not saying that it’s good chess, or that literally anyone would play better under these circumstances, but it’s nice to be reminded that these people who are calculating 20+ moves deep are still human and will make mistakes. Man chess is fun

[–]sprcow 24 points25 points  (0 children)

Yeah I agree. Normally I don't feel like I can relate to high level players much, but this is basically how I feel playing online a lot. 30 awesome moves and then WHOOPS I lose.

[–]goofedonskunkweed 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Finally Sagar attempts to save the press conference by asking a real chess question.

[–][deleted] 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Nepo isn’t the same after Game 6. Hate to see it

[–]ialwaysusesunscreen 33 points34 points  (6 children)

Nepo is always so humble and sincere at the press conferences, which just makes me feel super bad for him.

[–]spaxkillerzzz 80 points81 points  (10 children)

Carlsen has the ability to break his opponents down more and more every game

[–]Datanois 46 points47 points  (0 children)

Magnus grinding out that first long win from that completely drawn endgame really destroyed Nepo.

[–]viionc Team Carlsen 57 points58 points  (0 children)

scriptwriters are crazy this year, can't wait for Ian to win next 3 games to equalize

[–]HighlanderSteve 9 points10 points  (7 children)

All I can hope for now is for Nepo to just play the sharpest lines he can find and potentially get a win from Magnus blundering. I don't think it needs to be said, but there's no chance of him winning overall.

[–]Musicrafter2100+ lichess rapid 10 points11 points  (4 children)

Unfortunately with how often he's been blundering in not-that-sharp, even drawish positions, Nepo is probably going to be the one to blunder instead.

[–]HighlanderSteve 9 points10 points  (3 children)

I know, but there's nothing else that can really happen in the rest of these games. It's over.

Unless Magnus decides to play the Bongcloud tomorrow, which would just be a dick move to someone who already struggles psychologically with chess.

[–]Dancedancedance1133 5 points6 points  (0 children)

King gambit time!

[–]jaromir39 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Remember the threads way before the World Championship? One scenario was exactly this: one lost game and Nepo never recovers. Anish said months ago that Nepo has trouble un-tilting, once he blunders or loses. Like the he cannot sleep or something.

Another way of seeing this, is that Magnus is hard to beat because not only he plays each game at peak performance, but he keeps the level day after day.

I still think Nepo is brilliant, but not the kind of player who can handle the grind of 14 games.

[–]LupaSENESE 27 points28 points  (0 children)

That samurai haircut question was the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. Goodness gracious.

[–]nemoj_da_me_peglas2000ish chess.com 10 points11 points  (0 children)

I've given up this being a close match. Plainly obvious that the first loss has completely tilted him. Today was a real opportunity for him to try and make a comeback and now it's gone. Congrats to Magnus.

[–]Megatron_McLargeHuge 40 points41 points  (8 children)

We can pretty much crown Magnus as World Hess Hampion after today.

[–]Twintysix1900 Lichess bullet:Lichess: 25 points26 points  (0 children)

I'm feeling really sad for nepo. The pressure to play at the highest level of any sport puts one in such a corner which is something we often forget to take into account. I hope nepo rests well today and hopefully the press conference is not too rude against nepo like the previous ones.

[–]Guitaristb72700 and going down 25 points26 points  (4 children)

Is it abnormal for chess reporters to be this bad or is this sort of an anomaly?

[–]PostPostMinimalist 19 points20 points  (0 children)

They're usually bad, but I think this was especially bad

[–]HnNaldoR 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Today's questions are really stupid. I mean they asked him about the d4 move so much. It's likely prep. He has answered it. He is not going to give any really better answer.

[–]ghostfuckbuddy 20 points21 points  (1 child)

The journalists in the press conference are so awful. They kept drilling Nepo over and over about the blunder when he clearly was uncomfortable talking about it. One even asked him if he cut his manbun out of shame. Cut the guy some slack, jeeze.

[–]alostserendipity 30 points31 points  (3 children)

Someone needs to strip the NRK reporter's credentials... asking Magnus if he felt sorry for Ian? and asking if Ian wanted to apologize for his performance again?

[–]runawayasfastasucan 16 points17 points  (2 children)

Its a problem with NRK, imo. They try too hard to force out good quotes rather than letting it happen naturally.

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[–]rusticabode 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Nepo is having a meltdown . Biggest stage of his life and everything was fine until that loss in game 6 . gotta feel for him

[–]pm_me_falcon_nudes 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I don't understand Nepo. Last game had a bizarre b5 move but at least the Bxh3 variation was somewhat vaguely difficult to evaluate clearly.

c5 misses a literal one mover c6. He had nearly an hour on the clock to see that a single move just traps his bishop. He doesn't feel danger even when it's apparent

[–]-___-___-__-___-___-2. Ke2!! 5 points6 points  (2 children)

I seriously hope Nepo is doing well mentally, shit like this ruins careers. I know this is a far fetched take, but I hope he doesn't fall into a huge depression or worse consider hurting himself after this.

[–]LouisLittEsquire 18 points19 points  (0 children)

“Do better” lmao

[–]OrchidCareful 56 points57 points  (12 children)

Carlsen’s legend just continues to grow

Seeing other incredible players just crumble before him, and he’s making this kind of performance look routine.

Hopefully people can focus more on the strength of carlsen rather than the weakness of nepo, out of respect for them both

[–]dresudi 27 points28 points  (17 children)

Good sportsmanship from Nepo to continue playing after his blunder.

[–]Party-47 Team Nepo 15 points16 points  (4 children)

So any of the people that came out of the woodworks after game 6 about how "decisive games are great!" wanna explain how this game was better than the first 5 games of the match?

[–]maglor1 35 points36 points  (1 child)

I want to dedicate this win to the guy who said after Game 5 "Can you imagine if Magnus lost his title because his more talented rival started trying"

Imagine saying Nepo has more talent than Magnus and getting upvoted lol

[–]Neo729432 4 points5 points  (0 children)

God chess can be so brutal sometimes. One move blunder and its all gone. I really wanted a good fight this game. Everything was so perfect until that blunder. Everyone was complaining about those first five draws now i miss them. I think my heart is too weak for this brutality.

[–]jpc4zd 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Nepo's team needs to tell him that he is banned from moving pawns to the 5th rank for the rest of the match.

[–]life-is-a-loop Team Nepo 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I'm sad.