The ultimate and the 14th spherical of the 2022 Candidates had been performed on Monday evening, and Ian Nepomniachtchi received the match with none defeat. All 4 video games had been calm, equal positions and it appeared that we had been heading for a day of attracts. As a substitute, it was a single draw.
In accordance with a FIDE assertion, “When it comes to outcomes, at present’s spherical didn’t depend for Ian Nepomniachtchi, who secured victory within the occasion after a attract spherical 13. Nonetheless, this sport was psychologically essential for he: Nepomniachtchi didn’t need a repeat of the earlier candidates, which he additionally received with a reserve spherical, however then misplaced the ultimate sport which gave a bitter style to his nice success. “
Enjoying on Petrov, Nepomniachtchi was beneath strain from Jan-Krzysztof Duda, who appeared way more relaxed and comfy in his habits in comparison with how he had performed in the remainder of the match. The sport was even on a regular basis. Duda regarded for alternatives however Nepomniachtchi all the time responded appropriately and confidently, bringing the sport to a draw with out an excessive amount of drama.
The completion of the Candidates within the first place and with out a single defeat is a robust assertion for Nepomniachtchi who’s competing for the title of world champion. Nepomniachtchi will now face world champion Magnus Carlsen in 2023.
The 31-year-old wanted half a degree to substantiate his place as Carlsen’s opponent and received it on Sunday, drawing with the Hungarian Richard Rapport, to seal his second consecutive Candidate title.
Nepomniachtchi competed beneath a impartial flag in Madrid, after sanctions had been imposed on Russian gamers for his or her nation’s invasion of Ukraine, which Moscow calls a “particular operation”.
His assembly with Carlsen, who has received the final 5 world titles, is way from a deal, because the Norwegian stated in December that he was undecided if he would defend his championship, citing a scarcity of motivation.
In such a situation, Nepomniachtchi would face the participant who finishes second within the Candidates, a place held by the American Hikaru Nakamura within the remaining section.
1 Nepomniachtchi, 9/14 January 2766
2 Ding, Liren eight/14 2806
three Radjabov, Teimour 7½ / 14 2753
four Nakamura, Hikaru 7½ / 14 2760
5 Caruana, Fabiano 6/14 2783
6 Firouzja, Alireza 6/14 2793
7 Duda, Jan-Krzysztof 5½ / 14 2750
eight Report, Richard 5½ / 14 2764