Ian Nepomniachtchi Wins FIDE Candidates Tournament with One Round to Spare
Having made a draw against Richard Rapport in Round 13 of the FIDE Candidates Tournament in Madrid, Ian Nepomniachtchi became out of reach for his pursuers and won the event with one round to go. Upon winning his second Candidates Tournament in a row, the Russian grandmaster has qualified for the World Championship Match.
Andrey Filatov, President of the Chess Federation of Russia:
- My congratulations to all the Russian fans on Ian Nepomniachtchi's notable victory! It is apparent that Ian showed strong spirit and will, has overcome every challenge that he had faced after the Match, and reassessed many things. Despite various sceptical forecasts, he'd become stronger and showed a phenomenal result in Madrid.
Hikaru Nakamura won against Jan-Krzysztof Duda as White, while the games Firouzja - Ding and Radjabov - Caruana were drawn.
Standings after Round 13:
1. Ian Nepomniachtchi - 9
2. Hikaru Nakamura - 7.5
3. Ding Liren - 7
4-5. Teimour Radjabov, Fabiano Caruana - 6.5
6. Richard Rapport - 5.5
7-8. Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Alireza Firouzja - 5.
Round 14 pairings:
Rapport - Radjabov, Caruana - Firouzja, Ding - Nakamura, Duda - Nepomniachtchi.