Magnus Carlsen wins longest game in World Chess Championship history

Norway’s Magnus Carlsen has claimed a historic win in game six of the World Chess Championship in Dubai.

Playing with the white pieces, the reigning champion beat Russian challenger Ian Nepomniachtchi in a match lasting 136 moves and nearly eight hours.

It was the longest game in world championship history, surpassing the previous record of 124 moves set during the 1978 title match between Anatoly Karpov and Viktor Korchnoi.

It was also the first classical World Championship game that hasn’t ended in a draw in five years.

“Obviously I’m elated to get this result,” Carlsen said in a media conference following the game, which finished after midnight local time.

“It was never easy and nor, frankly, should it be.”

Carlsen claimed the victory in trademark style, grinding out an advantage in an endgame that computers were evaluating as a draw.

“Magnus managed to capitalise on the very few chances he got,” said Nepomniachtchi.

“In general, my queen against his knight and rook and two pawns (in the endgame) should have been a draw, but when it gets down to playing blitz, if you don’t know the correct set-up and you maybe misplace your queen a little bit, it becomes tricky.”

Carlsen leads the 14-game series 3.5 games to 2.5.

The 31-year-old Norwegian has held the world championship title since 2013.

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