The 11th game of the World Chess Championship 2016 between title holder Magnus Carlsen of Norway and the challenger Sergey Karjakin representing Russia, was played in New York on Saturday, November 26, 2016.

The 12th and last game will be played on Nov 28 while the tie-break games will be played on Nov 30. The match start time is 12 p.m. IST.

Eleven rounds are over, and the present state is a deadlock (5.5 points each) with the players enjoying a day reprieve from the rigors of the game. We have seen equal number draws, and this is not something new considering the fact that the two players in the past have played draws and many long haul matches.

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After a grueling fight, the 11th game which was a Ruy Lopez closed opening, ended in a draw after 34 moves. Below is the complete game.


1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. d3 b5 7. Bb3 d6 8. a3 O-O 9. Nc3 Be6 10. Nd5 Nd4 11. Nxd4 exd4 12. Nxf6+ Bxf6 13. Bxe6 fxe6 14. f4 c5 15. Qg4 Qd7 16. f5 Rae8 17. Bd2 c4 18. h3 c3 19. bxc3 d5 20. Bg5 Bxg5 21. Qxg5 dxe4 22. fxe6 Rxf1+ 23. Rxf1 Qxe6 24. cxd4 e3 25. Re1 h6 26. Qh5 e2 27. Qf3 a5 28. c3 Qa2 29. Qc6 Re6 30. Qc8+ Kh7 31. c4 Qd2 32. Qxe6 Qxe1+ 33. Kh2 Qf2 34. Qe4+ ½-½

Carlsen won game 10, while game 7 was won by Karjakin.

Carlsen cannot be faulted for pushing for a draw in game 9, as he tried to up the ante with his Trompowsky Attack with white.

Game eight saw him tackle Karjakin's Ruy Lopez move with the much older Morphy Defence as compared to Berlin Defence, the favored strategy by the elite for being a real weapon for the black.

The Morphy Defense is named after the 19th-century grand master Paul Morphy and is often regarded as a better option to force the White relinquishes his Bishop.

It could also be used to equalize the match by retreating the bishop and nullifying the white’s first move advantage and wasting a move.

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Ruy Lopez games ending in draws

The “closed” variation Ruy Lopez move once epitomized by the legendary Bobby Fischer who loved from the white side and retreating the Bishop had enabled Fischer then to build his offense and attack the black king once it castled towards the black kingside.

The Morphy strategy will not force the black to respond after the main opening moves of Ruy but increases the uncertainty as compared to Berlin. Carlsen’s efforts to quash the opening expectations is unlikely to provoke Kerjakin, and most chess fans are heartened by the Norwegian’s avoidance of the most popular routes chosen by Grandmaster opening.

Game two has ended in a draw at move 33. Carlsen played with white in game 3, and if he started with e4, he could be facing a Sicilian Defense from Karjakin, a move which the Russian is very proficient in.

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