Ding Finds Mating Net, Ties Match Score Again

There can be no complaints of “boring draws” in this year’s FIDE World Championship, as GM Ding Liren and GM Ian Nepomniachtchi continued to trade blows in game six to reach the fourth decisive result of the match. 

This time it was Ding’s turn to emerge victorious, as he essayed a surprise London System and took advantage of his opponent’s series of positional inaccuracies to gain a winning position, culminating in a mating net that forced Nepomniachtchi’s resignation.

After six games, the score is tied at 3-3. Play continues Tuesday, April 18, at 15:00 Astana time (2 a.m. PT/11:00 CEST) after a rest day.

This is a flash report. The full report, including photographs, videos, and game annotations will be added soon. 

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Full analysis of the game by GM Rafael Leitao will be added shortly.

Annotations will be added shortly.

Match score

Fed Name Rtg 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 Score
Ding Liren 2788 ½ 0 ½ 1 0 1 . . . . . . . . 3

Ian Nepomniachtchi 2795 ½ 1 ½ 0 1 0 . . . . . . . . 3

The 2023 FIDE World Championship is the most important over-the-board classical event of the year and decides who will be the next world champion. Nepomniachtchi and Ding play a match to decide who takes over Carlsen’s throne after the current world champion abdicated his title. The match has a €2 million prize fund and is played over 14 classical games; the first player to gain 7.5 points wins.

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