Magnus Carlsen moving his pieces during Game 06 of World Chess Championship 2021. Source: FIDE

The world record for longest World Championship Chess game was made on 4th of December 2021. Magnus Carlsen and Ian Nepomniachtchi collectively made this record while squeezing water out of stone kind of match. This feat happened in Game 06 of the World Chess Championship 2021.

World Chess Championship 2021

The World Chess Championship 2021 is under progress in Dubai. Initially, the tournament was scheduled in 2020. Due to pandemic situations, the tournament was postponed to 2021. The tournament has been scheduled between 24th November 2021 and 16th December 2021.

Magnus Carlsen is a Norwegian Grandmaster. He became the World Chess Champion in 2013 by defeating Indian Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand. He achieved this feat at the age of 23. From then, He holds the title for a record period of 9 years.

Ian Nepomniachtchi is a Russian Grandmaster. He became the World Chess Championship challenger by winning Candidates Tournament 2020/2021.

Game 06 – The End of Draws

The first five matches of the tournament ended in a draw. In Game 06, Magnus Carlsen played with White pieces and Ian Nepomniachtchi played with Black pieces. The Game began at 04:30 PM(Dubai Local time) on December 03,2021. Magnus Carlsen opened with Indian Game – Knight Variation. The game reached a position that has never been reached on Move 08. Magnus gave up his Queen for a Rook on move 26.

In classical chess, 120 minutes are given in the beginning. After move 40, additional 60 minutes will be provided. After move 60, 15 minutes will be provided and 30 seconds increment is given after every move.

Magnus Carlsen calculating moves during the middle game. Source: FIDE

As the game progressed, Magnus Carlsen was pushed into a situation. He had to make 10 moves in 4 minutes and 30 seconds to reach move 40. After shifting the gear to blitz mode for that period, he marched towards move 40. And Ian also became short of time and started to play faster. After reaching move 40, both players took 10 minutes break to refresh themselves.

After the return, both players played swiftly to keep their advantage. Upon reaching move 60, 15 minutes were given.

Both players maneuvered the pieces to avoid Fifty-move rule and draw by repitition.

World Record

Ian Nepomniachtchi calculating his moves. Source: FIDE

As the game progressed, both players played their best, pushing for a win. But on move 136,Ian Nepomniachtchi resigned the game, making it the longest game ever played in the World Championship. Previous record for the longest game in world championship history was the 124-move stalemate between Anatoly Karpov and Viktor Korchnoi in Game 5 of the 1978 title match in Baguio, Philippines.

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Magnus and Ian played for approximately 7 hours and 40 minutes. The match ended at 12:10 AM (Dubai Local Time) of December 04,2021.

This was also the first victory for Magnus Carlsen in the tournament. It became special as it is accompanied with the world record feat. The next game has been scheduled on 08th December 2021 at 04:30 PM (Dubai Local Time).

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