Distant Opposition

Young Alireza still has to learn a few lessons it seems. With Carlsen he had the best teacher available, but unfortunately the lesson wasn’t free. It could have costed him about $ 10.000 in prize-money if Aronjan manages to catch up in the last round.

This game is also a nice example for accuracy, which can be measured in centipawns. It took Carlsen 38 moves to win a pawn. Engines evaluate the resulting position with -0.5 because of the opposite colored bishops. This means that Carlsen roughly played 0.01 centipawns better that Firouzja on average. Carlsen did manage to trade his bishop for the knight on move 54 and win the pawn on h5, but the resulting ending was theoretically drawn. Yet Firouzja managed to lose in severe time trouble. If we look at this game on Chessbomb, it’s nothing but blue moves until the very end, when one red move made all the difference.


Source: The Cincinnati Kid