MOST ACCURATE CHESS GAME EVER in World Championship history | Nepomniachtchi vs Carlsen | Game 3

World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway defends his title against challenger Ian Nepomniachtchi of Russia in Game 3 of the 2021 World Chess Championship match that is being held in Dubai. It’s a best of 14 games where the first player to earn 7.5 points earns the lion’s share (60%) of a $2.24 million prize pool, and the title of “World Chess Champion”. We observe another Ruy Lopez in action in this game 3, and follow game 1 until Nepomniachtchi deviates on move 8 by playing a4. In this tense middlegame struggle we can observe several weaknesses on the queenside, and one tricky white knight on c4 requiring much of Carlsen’s attention. Game 3 made history by being the most accurate chess game ever played in a World Chess Championship. Nepomniachtchi and Carlsen’s combined average centipawn loss (ACPL) was a 6.62!!

Image of Ian Nepomniachtchi in thumbnail courtesy of Niki Riga

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 O-O 8. a4 Bb7 9. d3 d6 10. Nbd2 Re8 11. Nf1 h6 12. Bd2 Bf8 13. Ne3 Ne7 14. c4 bxc4 15. Nxc4 Nc6 16. Rc1 a5 17. Bc3 Bc8 18. d4 exd4 19. Nxd4 Nxd4 20. Qxd4 Be6 21. h3 c6 22. Bc2 d5 23. e5 dxc4 24. Qxd8 Rexd8 25. exf6 Bb4 26. fxg7 Bxc3 27. bxc3 Kxg7 28. Kf1 Rab8 29. Rb1 Kf6 30. Rxb8 Rxb8 31. Rb1 Rxb1+ 32. Bxb1 Ke5 33. Ke2 f5 34. Bc2 f4 35. Bb1 c5 36. Bc2 Bd7 37. f3 Kf6 38. h4 Ke5 39. Kf2 Kf6 40. Ke2 Ke5 41. Kf2

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  1. Another draw to no ones surprise, both of these players are unbelievable. Glad to have your commentaries to make them not only exciting but educational.

  2. So far they are really playing at a very high level!

  3. As always, wonderful analysis, Jerry. Much appreciated.

  4. when I was a beginner pawns were my interest ; common sense about some elements grows quickly ; computer programming also contains all basic logic

  5. Great video as always Jerry. Only thing I would mention is that the clocks are not actually correct because there is no increment before move 61

    Totally enjoyed the video though; great analysis!

  6. If people wonder why all games are drawn its because every match they play this dumb Spanish opening. There's so many openings you can play and have interesting games but no no let's play this dumb ruy lopez every single time. They're trying to draw the games.

  7. What happens if one of the players tests positive for COVID?

  8. Top tier Human Chess! Awesome how great play can equal a draw. This emphasizes that it takes one inaccuracy/blunder to create advantage. Thanks for the coverage.

  9. boring. on draw they need to spin a coin for the point.

  10. Relieved that there are many much better choices for chess content out there. Sad day that chessnetwork is obsolete but I also feel happy for the consumer

  11. If both of them agree why not directly proceed to Tie Breaker. This is getting boring already. Not your insights but the match itself..

  12. I really believe Magnus will get a win out of these next two White pieces he have in a row now. Hopeful atleast we will get some exciting sharp games. Great job as always Jerry

  13. He took too much risk in game 2 and wanted to do it safe in game 3. No problem.

  14. Nepo de facto accepted a draw when he exchanged the rooks, didn't he? He abandoned his tiny King pawn advantage. Perhaps because he was forced by Carlsen, having to disimprove his position if he had avoided the exchanged. An easy way to predict the next move in these games is to think about what forces a draw. Unfortunately.

  15. Thank you for the very instructive reviews of the games so far. Geoff Stewart

  16. This is Unfair. These videos deserve millions of views. Such a shame people.

  17. Nice…. this one was more thorough than my other favorite guy's this time. But you will always be my first! 🙂

  18. the top players are so good nowadays that it feels like the time control for the world championships should be shortened. i wouldn't be surprised if there's never another classical game at worlds that doesn't end in a draw

  19. Are those pictures on the eval at the end of the video them after that game? Is that FEAR in Magnus’ eyes??

  20. They should just play 4 classical games and move on to rapid time controls. Who wants to see to dozen draws in a row? 25 of the last 27 classical games in the WCC have ended in a draw.

  21. Thank-you, Jerry; I learn so much from these analyses!

  22. This is cool seeing a video for each game. Thanks for making these.

  23. an average centipawn loss of 2 looks to me like it's very close or maybe even enough to draw even stockfish itself when playing as white. This is just unreal.

  24. Chess Analysis 64 تحليل الشطرنج ٦٤ says:

    Thanks Jerry. Excellent mentoring by a Chess Master.

  25. the best thing about the world championship for me is getting to watch your videos breaking down the games 🙂

  26. Perhaps the world is approaching the time for serious rule changes to the game. The number of possibilities will never be exhausted, however that being said, the number of new possibilities that reasonably yield innovations towards a winning position are being exhausted through rigorous analysis. Time seems to be the variable that yields opportunity for innovative play in the future.

  27. booooring game, this is why variety (mistakes, blunders) is the spice of life… I prefer chess that is dynamic and beautiful instead of computer accurate…

  28. Fisher wouldn't let Magnus get away with all these draws. What kind of champion never wins?

  29. Thx for this video I learned how to better understand appreciate the play of this two masters.

  30. The accuracy being calculated by the chess engines they spend their lives memorizing lines from.
    The best chess player is the one that can play most like a machine.

  31. Downvoted, because YouTube removed the downvote button, so I guess it doesn't matter any more. I do LIKE the video however, but my dislike or like on the video bears no meaning

  32. Watching this, I ALMOST began to understand the opening and lead-in to the middle game. Almost.

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