Nå blir det reprise på fjorårets finale.
(Sergey Karjakin – Magnus Carlsen ½-½): Det åpnet som et kaosparti, men endte med remis etter bare to timers spill.
(Magnus Carlsen – Sergey Karjakin 1-0): Verdensmesteren viste klasse og tok sin første seier i St. Louis.
VM-motstanderen reagerer på at Magnus Carlsen droppet sponsorarrangement før lynsjakken. Manager Espen Agdestein sier verdensmesteren fikk fritak.
Endelig lyktes Magnus Carlsen i Norway Chess. Nå har verdensmesteren fått en langt mer betryggende avstand på verdensrankingen.
Ah, the world championship match. Remember that?
That those words were the first uttered by the defeated challenger at the closing press conference says a lot about this match. I cannot recall…
When the 12th and final ‘slow’ game of the world championship match ended in a half hour of synchronized sweeping and a friendly handshake, I delivered my flash report with an honest reaction that echoed the length of the ‘struggle’ – «WTF?»
We are now just one more nervous game away from the unthinkable – deciding a classical world title by playing increasingly faster games. I know that it happened not so terribly long ago, but I still find unthinkable a good word for it. Because the champion seemed such a clear favorite, and because I don’t think I will ever find it a satisfactory way to settle such an important event.
Weeks of frustration have finally ended for the champion, and once again he pauses after the game to speak with Norwegian media. Visibly nearly as weary as he is happy, he cannot hide a face-splitting smile. The match is now tied 5-5, and some might say we now have a two-game title contest.