Nepomniachtchi Stabilizes In Round 13 Draw, Ding To Play White In Final Game

Following a devastating 12th-game loss, GM Ian Nepomniachtchi was able to stabilize and achieve a 38-move draw against GM Ding Liren in the 13th round of the 2023 FIDE World Championship on Thursday. Despite playing with White, Caruana dubbed it “a good result for Ian”, as the players moved to 6.5 apiece with one classical game remaining. 

Should the players draw in the final classical game, rapid tiebreaks will await them.

The 14th classical game will take place on Friday, April 28, at 15:00 Astana time (2 a.m. PT/11:00 CEST).

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

How to watch the 2023 FIDE World Championship

GM Rafael Leitao‘s game 13 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 . 6.5

Ian Nepomniachtchi 2795 ½ 1 ½ 0 1 0 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ . 6.5

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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