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Magnus Carlsen v Ian Nepomniachtchi: World Chess Championship Game 1 – live!

Both players leave the board after 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b 7. Bb3 O-O 8. h3. Magnus returns and plays a new move with 8. ... Na5! Nepomniachtchi takes nearly two minutes to assess before responding with 9. Nxe5 and inviting the exchange with 9. ... Nxb3.

Nepomniachtchi playing with the white pieces opens lets his ceremonial move of 1. e4 stand while Carlsen replies with 1. ... e5. No double bongcloud this year, alas.

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