Nepomniachtchi Inches Closer To World Championship Title After 82-Move Draw

A draw in the ninth round of the 2023 FIDE World Championship was welcomed by both challengers on Friday, who both had incentives to take half a point away from the round. GM Ian Nepomniachtchi moved to within two and a half points of the world championship crown after adequately dealing with GM Ding Liren‘s Ruy Lopez Opening: Berlin Defense. 

After several tumultuous days, Ding was happy to hold with black in a long-winded knight and pawn endgame down a pawn, squashing any concerns about his emotional state and keeping himself within striking distance of Nepomniachtchi with the scores poised at 4-5.

The world championships will continue on Sunday, April 23, 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 game annotations, videos, and photos will be added shortly.

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GM Rafael Leitao‘s analysis of the game will be added shortly.

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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 0 ½ ½ . . . . . 4

Ian Nepomniachtchi 2795 ½ 1 ½ 0 1 0 1 ½ ½ . . . . . 5

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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