Carlsen-Nepo, 1: Fierce battle ends in draw

World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen looked to be taking over in a tense first game of the FIDE World Chess Championship in Dubai, but just when it seemed Ian Nepomniachtchi might be in for a long evening of suffering the game fizzled out into a 45-move draw. Both players could take positives from a game in which Magnus came well-prepared in the opening with the black pieces, but Ian dug in and held a draw when required. (MORE LATER!)

Replay Game 1 of the FIDE World Championship match in Dubai (for computer analysis check out our broadcast page).

Replay the live commentary here on chess24. Here’s Judit Polgar and Anish Giri.

And David Howell, Jovanka Houska and Kaja Snare from Norway. 

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