Ian Nepomniachtchi Pulls Ahead at FIDE Candidates Tournament
Fabiano Caruana lost to Hikaru Nakamura.
On 26 June, the eighth round of the FIDE Candidates Tournament was played in Madrid. Ian Nepomniachtchi drew his game against Ding Liren. Hikaru Nakamura took revenge against Fabiano Caruana after the loss in the first half of the tournament by winning a highly intricate game. Richard Rapport won against Jan-Krzysztof Duda as White. Alireza Firouzja and Teimour Radjabov made a draw.
Standings after Round 8:
1. Ian Nepomniachtchi - 6
2. Fabiano Caruana - 5
3. Hikaru Nakamura - 4.5
4. Richard Rapport - 4
5. Ding Liren - 3.5
6-8. Teimour Radjabov, Alireza Firouzja, Jan-Krzysztof Duda - 3.
Round 9 pairings:
Firouzja - Rapport, Radjabov - Nakamura, Caruana - Nepomniachtchi, Ding - Duda.