Originally posted by KnightStalker47
I think playing for a draw was the most logical thing for Carlsen to do. Playing for a win in the last game would be risky, yes he has the white pieces, but to win he would need double-edged positions. It's high risk with a high reward, I would consider playing for a win in such a situation to be cocky and too optimistic. Leaving it to a 4 game rapid ...[text shortened]... ay, allows both players to take chances without losing the entire match outright after one game.
I don't think there is anything wrong with playing out a draw, but there is zero chance of Karjakin making even a slight inaccuracy in the line he chose. There are plenty of openings that test black but let white avoid taking too much risk. If Carlsen is confident he can win in a tie break, why i he not confident to try and press a little as white
. If he doesn't do anything crazy it will be a draw. Why not make Karjakin work for it a bit? I expect both players had the final position in their database at home (or at least something up until the point that it is clearly a draw).