The dreaded opposite-colored bishops made another appearance and it was yet another draw in the world chess championship match Friday between Norwegian champion Magnus Carlsen and Russian challenger Sergey Karjakin in New York City.
The players have now played six straight draws to open the scheduled 12-game title match, leaving the score at 3-3 as they enter the second half of the fight. If the score is still tied after Nov. 28’s final game, a rapid playoff will be held on Nov. 30.
Karjakin as White seemed to get very little advantage in against the champion’s Ruy Lopez Defense, and despite some tricky central piece play the simplifying exchanges brought on after 22. c3 Rxe6 24. Rxe6 Qxe6 24. cxb4 cxb4 25. Rc1 Rc8 26. Rxc8+ Qxc8 left both sides with a queen and a bishop.
As in several games so far in the match, the bishops were of opposite colors, blunting any change for either player to generate new chances. After 32. Qxb4 Be6, material is dead even and neither player could make progress. The players agreed to the draw.
Game 7, with Karjakin again having the White pieces, will take place Sunday at the Fulton Market building at Manhattan’s South Street Seaport.
The moves of Friday’s Game 6 were:
Karjakin-Carlsen, FIDE World Championship Match, Game 6, November 2016
1.e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 O-O 8. h3 Bb7 9. d3 d5 10. exd5 Nxd5 11. Nxe5 Nd4 12. Nc3 Nb4 13. Bf4 Nxb3 14. axb3 c5 15. Ne4 f6 16. Nf3 f5 17. Neg5 Bxg5 18. Nxg5 h6 19. Ne6 Qd5 20. f3 Rfe8 21. Re5 Qd6 22. c3 Rxe6 23. Rxe6 Qxe6 24. cxb4 cxb4 25. Rc1 Rc8 26. Rxc8+ Qxc8 27. Qe1 Qd7 28. Kh2 a5 29. Qe3 Bd5 30. Qb6 Bxb3 31. Qxa5 Qxd3 32. Qxb4 Be6 Draw agreed