25 June 2022

Ian Nepomniachtchi Maintains Leadership at FIDE Candidates Tournament

The first part is over in Madrid.

Photo: FIDE / Stev Bonhage
Photo: FIDE / Stev Bonhage

The seventh round of the FIDE Candidates Tournament has been completed in Madrid. In the Rapport - Nepomniachtchi game, the Hungarian grandmaster had declined from a move repetition in the opening, but then White's position turned out to be rather dubious. The Russian grandmaster achieved a considerable advantage and eventually won the game. Fabiano Caruana outplayed Teimour Radjabov as White. The games Duda - Nakamura and Ding - Firouzja were drawn. 


Standings after Round 7:

1. Ian Nepomniachtchi - 5.5
2. Fabiano Caruana - 5
3. Hikaru Nakamura - 3.5
4-6. Ding Liren, Richard Rapport, Jan-Krzysztof Duda - 3
7-8. Teimour Radjabov, Alireza Firouzja - 2,5.

Round 8 pairings:

Rapport - Duda, Nepomniachtchi - Ding, Nakamura - Caruana, Firouzja - Radjabov.

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