In their first classical game of a two-game match of Chess World Cup, Magnus Carlsen and R Praggnanandhaa tested each other’s ambition through body language rather than aggressive moves. In their first knockout World Cup final, they split a point after 35 moves of the English opening’s Fianchetto line in the Four Knights variation. Carlsen, 32, became GM in 2004 before Praggnanandhaa was born (2005).
The match was a power-packed contest with abundant opportunities and strategic nuances. After the draw, Carlsen claimed to have food poisoning, and Praggnanandhaa predicted a brawl in the second game. Both players performed admirably in the contest.
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“There would be fighting in the second game. It will use force. My best effort will be to rest and refreshed,” said Pragg.
First knockout World Cup final
In the first classical game of their two-game match yesterday, world No. 1 Magnus Carlsen and No. 23 R Praggnanandhaa tested each other’s ambition primarily through body language rather than aggressive moves, ultimately agreeing to a draw.
In their first knockout World Cup final, they split a point after 35 moves of the English opening’s Fianchetto line in the Four Knights variation. The match occurred in Baku, Azerbaijan.
M Carlsen became GM in 2004 before Praggnanandhaa was born
In the second game on Wednesday, five-time championship winner Carlsen, 32, who emerged as a GM in 2004 before Prag was conceived (2005), will use the white pieces.
“Power-packed contest,” GM Peter Leko
“It turned out a privilege to commentate on a contest packed with abundant opportunities and strategic nuances,” GM Peter Leko said during the official webcast. “Both players performed admirably,” he added.
About the Game
Praggnanandhaa headed into the playing arena early and dragged his place after starting his three-minute tiebreak match against Erigaisi Arjun in the quarterfinals by half a minute.
Carlsen arrived in time and took almost two minutes to respond to Prag’s opening c4 move with the move e5. Early on, the queenside was under some pressure, and Carlsen took 30 minutes to make his 13th move, responding with Rb8 to Prag’s Ba3. After exchanging knights, both players quickly castled. By the twentieth move, the queens and bishops switched.
After 35 moves, both sides had three pawns, a knight, and a rook on the board when the draw concluded. Carlsen’s 25-minute time advantage didn’t matter much because Prag rendered the first-time command after 40 moves (90 minutes with a 30-second increment) and would get an additional 30 minutes after the 41st move.
Carlsen said, “I experienced food poisoning”
It was only Carlsen and Prag’s second classical contest (a game with standard time control), and neither had won. Magnus Carlsen claimed following the draw that he had food poisoning and wasn’t eating for two days.
Prag said, “The second game would be a brawl”
Prag believed that he was not at all in danger during the game. “The move I made after the thirteenth was not the best attempt, but I didn’t find a better move.” He predicted, “The second game would be a brawl. He’ll exert force. The best I can do is try to rest and return rested.”