Carlsen vs Karjakin - The Magnificent Checkmate!
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World Chess Championship, New York City, USA
November 30, 2016
Tiebreak Game 4
“The Magnificent Checkmate!”
Magnus Carlsen, World Chess Champion!
Magnus Carlsen from Norway defended his World Chess Championship against Sergey Karjakin from Russia with a magnificent checkmate to end the 16th game of the match—Tiebreak Game 4!
“The Magnificent Checkmate” is magnificent for three reasons.
1) Sergey Karjakin didn’t see it coming! He was by default the second strongest player in the world after winning the Candidates Tournament. 2) Karjakin was threatening checkmate in one move after playing 48. …Qf2! 3) The checkmate entailed a Queen Sacrifice to end the game and the World Chess Championship match!
Magnus Carlsen was playing the White pieces.
THE PROBLEM: Playing the White pieces, Magnus Carlsen to move, and checkmate Sergey Karjakin in two moves, forced! Here is the position after Move 49. …Kh7:
THE CHECKMATE SOLUTION: A Queen sacrifice!
50. Qh6+!! A magnificent finish to a world title defense! Magnus Carlsen sacrifices his Queen for one of the most beautiful checkmates in the history of chess.
If Karjakin play 50. …Kxh6, Carlsen plays 51. Rh8# Checkmate! See below!
If Karjakin play 50. …gxh6, Carlsen plays 51. Rxf7# Checkmate! See below!
Magnus Carlsen and Sergey Karjakin shake hands prior to game.