Flash Report: Ding Holds Nepomniachtchi To Draw In Game 3

GM Ian Nepomniachtchi shook up the third round of the 2023 FIDE World Championship by beginning his game against GM Ding Liren with a new first move, setting the stage for a fresh opening battle with 1.d4. Ding chose the Queen’s Gambit Declined in response and the game ended in a draw by repetition after 30 moves. 

The Chinese challenger will have the white pieces in game four, which begins on Thursday, April 13, at 15:00 Astana time (2 a.m. ET/11:00 CEST)

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

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Photo: Maria Emelianova

GM Rafael Leitao analyzes the full game below. (It will be added soon.)

GM Rafael Leitao GotD

Match score

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

Ian Nepomniachtchi 2795 ½ 1 ½½


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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