World Championship 2016 - Games 3-4 Critical Moves

Nov 20, 2016, 10:48 PM |

Games 3 and 4 of the Carlsen-Karjakin 2016 World Championship were more exciting than the first two games, but still ended in draws. In both games, Carlsen reached a winning endgame but couldn't convert after a long and strong defense by Karjakin. We will look at the critical moves where Magnus missed his winning chances.


In game 3, Carlsen won a pawn after a few inaccurate moves by Karjakin. Then a sequence of mistakes by both sides followed, the last was in the following position at move 71: Carlsen with white had a chance to play Rf7+ followed by Rf2 stopping the h-pawn, but instead he played Rb7 and gave Karjakin a chance for an amazing plan of playing Ra1 and giving the b-pawn, then saving the game by advancing h-pawn.


In game 4, Carlsen with black got the bishop pair advantage into the endgame. In the following position at move 45, he played the obvious f4 creating a strong connected passed pawn, and followed by moving his king around to b3. Surprisingly, Karjakin was able to defend this position, creating a fortress and no progress could have been made by black. Instead, Be6 would have given Carlsen winning chances.
For the complete games and more analysis, several videos are posted.


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