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A twist at the top as Vachier-Lagrave defeats Nepomniachtchi

Halfway through the 14-round chess Candidates and there has been a change at the top as France’s Maxime Vachier-Lagrave defeated Round Six leader Ian Nepomniachtchi in a direct duel for first place. Both players are now on 4.5 points after seven games and leading. A group of four players, all on 3.5 points, follow them. The race is now wide open again as at least six players have solid chances to fight for the first…

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Nepomniachtchi on fire as he increases his lead in the Candidates

Russian Ian Nepomniachtchi increased his lead at the 2020 Candidates to a whole point, after defeating China’s Ding Liren. With 4,5 points, the 29-year-old goes into the rest day with three plusses after the first six rounds and is now the very strong favorite to become the challenger to Magnus Carlsen for the title of the world champion in chess. Behind him, with 3,5 points, is Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, who is followed by a pack of…

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Nepo emerges as a clear leader after five rounds

After five rounds of play, Russia’s Ian Nepomniachtchi emerged as the clear leader in the 8-player 2020 chess Candidates, having defeated the Chinese underdog Wang Hao. With 3.5 points, he is half a point ahead of second-placed Maxime Vachier-Lagrave who drew with Russian wild-card Kirill Alekseenko in a game full of sharp lines and tactics. On other boards, American Fabiano Caruana was lucky to escape with a draw against Anish Giri, while the game between…

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A day of draws in Yekaterinburg

There has been no breakthrough at the 2020 Candidates Tournament as all four games of Round Four ended in a draw. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France was closest to making a break but he missed his chances against Alexander Grischuk, despite the Russian being severely pressed for time. The longest game of the day was between American Fabiano Caruana and Russian Ian Nepomniachtchi. Despite threats on both sides, it too ended in a draw. Altogether, there…

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Ding Liren beats Caruana to make a comeback

In a duel between the two favorites to win the Candidates, China’s Ding Liren – who started with two losses – made a comeback in the third round and defeated World #2 chess player, American Fabiano Caruana. This was the only game with a decisive outcome on the third day of the 2020 Candidates and it made the tournament wide open again.A day before the first break at the eight-player 2020 Candidates Tournament, there are…

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Four in the lead as Ding Liren suffers a second loss

Four players are in the lead after the second day of the 2020 Candidates tournament in Yekaterinburg. Fabiano Caruana, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Wang Hao are all on 1.5/2, followed by Alexander Grischuk with one point, and Alekseenko and Giri with half a point. In the last place, alone, is one of the favorites to win the tournament, Ding Liren, who lost again today. Pavel Datsyuk, a Russian professional ice hockey player, opened the…

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FIDE Candidates Tournament Starts Today

The opening press conference for the 2020 Candidates took place on Monday at the Sverdlovsk Journalists’ Union, where the organizers, local officials, the public and Russian media were introduced to the program and the organization of the upcoming tournament.Present at the conference were the Sverdlovsk Region Deputy Governor Alexey Orlov, the president of the International Chess Federation Arkady Dvorkovich, the former World Champion Anatoly Karpov and the head of Sverdlovsk Chess Andrey Simanovsky. They were…

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The 2020 Candidates Tournament Starts in Yekaterinburg

The opening ceremony took place at the “Ekaterinburg Expo” congress center and was hosted by the renowned Russian film actress Alena Babenko and sports commentator Viktor Gusev. Speakers at the Opening Ceremony were Evgeny Kuyvashev (Governor of the Sverdlovsk Oblast), FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich, former World Champion Anatoly Karpov, the President of the Sverdlovsk Chess Federation Andrey Simanovsky as well as the Regional Corporate Sales Head at Kaspersky Marina Usova.Press conference before the Opening Ceremony:…

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