Pressure On Ding Mounts After Third Straight Draw

GM Ding Liren was able to hold GM Ian Nepomniachtchi to a draw in game 11, the tamest encounter of the 2023 FIDE World Championship so far. All eyes are now turning to the Chinese GM’s second-to-last game with the white pieces on Wednesday.

The Ruy Lopez Defense was the battleground for Monday’s 11th game which followed a line in which Nepomniachtchi had defeated Ding in the 2020 Candidates Tournament. However, Ding was adequately prepared, and play quickly fizzled out. With the score now at 6-5 in favor of Nepomniachtchi, all the pressure is on Ding to reduce the deficit in the last three games. 

The 12th game of the world championships will start on Wednesday, April 25, at 15:00 Astana time (2 a.m. PT/11:00 CEST).

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

How to watch the 2023 FIDE World Championship

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

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

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 ½ ½ . . . 5

Ian Nepomniachtchi 2795 ½ 1 ½ 0 1 0 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ . . . 6

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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