It was a hardly fought battle in the final Round 12 of the World Championship 2016, as both players seemed eager to split the point and proceed to the tie-break rounds instead. Hardly any effort was exerted by both parties in order to create imbalance and thus make the game more interesting. The World Champion, Magnus Carlsen, will thus defend his title via tiebreak rapid and/or blitz games.
The rules of the World Championship match states that draws cannot be offered and made until after black’s 30th move, except in a threefold repetition. Thus, indeed, they waited until black, played by the Challenger Sergey Karjakin, made its 30th move and agreed to a draw. [replay]
Match breakdown after 12 rounds of classical game formats follow: