Ding Saves Game 14, Tiebreaks Will Decide World Championship

GM Ding Liren pulled off a clutch 90-move escape to stop GM Ian Nepomniachtchi from winning the 2023 FIDE World Championship after his opening with White unraveled in the 14th game. With the scores locked at 7-7, the contenders will face off in four rapid games on Sunday, followed by blitz games if the match is still tied.

The winner will be crowned the world champion and take home the €1.1m first prize (the runner-up will receive €900k, 45% of the total prize fund due to a drawn match).

The match will reach its conclusion on Sunday, April 30, at 15:00 Astana time (2 a.m. PT/11:00 CEST).

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

How to watch the 2023 FIDE World Championship

GM Rafael Leitao‘s game-14 annotations will be added below shortly.

You can watch video recaps of the FIDE World Championship in our playlist below (click here).


Match Score

Fed Name Rtg 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Score
Ding Liren 2788 ½ 0 ½ 1 0 1 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 7

Ian Nepomniachtchi 2795 ½ 1 ½ 0 1 0 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 7

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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