19 Nov

Want To Catch A Movie?

After the gripping stuff of three epic games at the $1.1 million World Championship Match being held at the Fulton Market Building in midtown Manhattan that witnessed 223-moves, almost 18-hours at the board, and yet still deadlock, it was almost as if Magnus Carlsen and Sergey Karjakin had this mutual agreement that Game 6 would be relatively short and painless. And indeed it was, drawn after 32 moves and 1,5 hour of play...perhaps Magnus & Sergey had tickets for a movie?

Final position

And as luck would have it, conveniently ‘Magnus’ the movie opened on Friday in New York City at Village East Cinema in the East Village, the 75-minute documentary about World Champion Magnus Carlsen. Directed by Benjamin Ree, the lively documentary - which debuted to favourable critical reviews at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival - explores through many seen and unseen archival footage of how Magnus rose to become the chess world's most celebrated pop culture icon since Bobby Fischer.

Although New York claimed first dibs on the opening week to coincide with the Carlsen-Karjakin match, the movie will also open in Beverly Hills, Atlanta, and Sante Fe, N.M., starting next Friday (Nov. 25), and then expand to other select locations across the US. It will also be available by cable and digital video on demand through several channels, including iTunes. More information about the film (including the trailer) and the openings is available at the movie’s official Web site

And over on Chess24.com, there's also an in-depth review of 'Magnus' by Macauley Peterson (who was a consultant and associate producer for the movie) that includes unscreened scenes by clicking here.

Match score (best-of-12-games)
Carlsen 3-3 Karjakin
(Next game is on Sunday)

Sergey Karjakin - Magnus Carlsen
World Championship, (6)
Ruy Lopez, Anti-Marshall
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 0-0 8.h3 Bb7 9.d3 d5 In Game 4, also an Anti-Marshall system, Carlsen played 9...d6 - but the gambit with 9...d5 is now almost de rigueur in top tournament praxis these days, as the game reverts back to a sort of pseudo-Marshall Attack anyway. Yes, this means that the game is set to become the biggest theory-battle encounter of the match so far - but the bad news is that this line - much like the venerable Marshall Attack itself - is all but silicon-crunched to an inevitable high percentage of draws. 10.exd5 Nxd5 11.Nxe5 Nd4 12.Nc3 Nb4 13.Bf4 Nxb3 The players had quite briskly flicked out the moves to this point, but Carlsen here paused for thought - he could have been double checking his moves, but the delay could also mean he might have something up his sleeve for later in the match, which might prove more testing for Karjakin. In any case, this line is certainly one that quickly gets to the point...or indeed, the half point as the case proves to be. 14.axb3 c5 15.Ne4 And that led Karjakin to take his first think of the game - I doubt very much if he was worried about Magnus playing this, so perhaps he was just reassuring himself that all the pieces were soon to come off in quick fashion and an early say at the office. 15...f6 16.Nf3 f5 17.Neg5 Bxg5 18.Nxg5 h6 19.Ne6 Qd5 20.f3 Rfe8 21.Re5 Qd6 22.c3 And the  alternative doesn't prolong the game any longer either: 22.Re2 Qd7 23.Nc7 Rxe2 24.Qxe2 Rc8 25.Re1! Qd4+ 26.Qe3 and this is also set to fizzle out to a draw, as after 26...Nxc2 27.Qxd4 Nxd4 28.Re7 Nc6 29.Rd7 Rd8 30.Rxd8+ Nxd8 31.Bd6 Kf7 32.Bxc5 f4! White may well have the extra pawn, but Black has good targets to aim at: White's queenside pawns shattered, not to mention that next will come ...Ne6 just after move 30, that will also force an opposite color bishop ending just after the contracted no-draw embargo. 22...Rxe6 23.Rxe6 Qxe6 24.cxb4 cxb4 25.Rc1 Rc8 26.Rxc8+ Qxc8 27.Qe1 Qd7 28.Kh2 a5 29.Qe3 Bd5 30.Qb6 Bxb3 31.Qxa5 Qxd3 32.Qxb4 Be6 ½-½

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