Nepomniachtchi resigns for the second time in the match.
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Carlsen Wins Game 8 As Nepo Falters In FIDE World Chess Championship
By Peter Doggers
Updated: Dec 5, 2021, 11:20 PM
With another win in game eight of the 2021 FIDE World Chess Championship, GM Magnus Carlsen extended his lead to two points going into the third rest day. GM Ian Nepomniachtchi initially defended creatively in another Petroff but then blundered a pawn and collapsed quickly after. Game nine is scheduled for Tuesday at 16:30 Dubai time (13:30 CET, 4:30 a.m. Pacific).
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When we asked many grandmasters for their predictions for this year’s world championship, it was GM Hans Niemann who gave one of the most daring ones, saying: “I think if Nepo loses one game, the match is over, just from him, as a player.” The somewhat puzzling way the challenger lost today suggests that Niemann could have been on spot on.