After the draw agreement Firouzja and Cori analysed the bishops of opposite colours endgame for quite a while. Cori thought he was still in some danger there.
Firouzja had got confused in the opening - 'I don't yet know what, but I think 15.Qh5 was bad.' 15.Qf3 was known, as we saw before, but it was only after 19.f3 (19.cxb5) that Black could take over with 19...h5 and 20...Qe5.
After Black took on b2...
... Firouzja was very glad to have 23. Nb1, as after 23. Nc2 bxc4 24. Bxc4 Bxe4 things would have looked more grim for him. Now Firouzja thought 23... b4 would have been better than the game move 23... bxc4, because the possibility of a passed pawn on the queenside combined with the bishop pair would have been daunting for White.
Was Cori satisfied with the 1.5 point he obtained in the past few days? 'Mmm...' 'Okay, I suppose it could have been better,' we tried. 'Could have been worse too!', the Peruvian replied. Still, these 1.5 points were fully deserved.
The match has been decided, and when chief arbiter Frans Peeters confirmed to Firouzja that the final game won't be rated (according to the rules), the Iranian reacted 'OK, then we can go wild!'