Ian Nepomniachtchi clinched the tournament victory with a round to spare, thus becoming the challenger for the title of World Champion. The final round of the FIDE Candidates Chess 2022 is yet to be played, determining the medalists. If Magnus Carlsen decides not to play the World Chess Championship, the second-placed player will be Nepo’s opponent in the match which will be played in 2023. Read more: Nepo receives ovations!
Round 14 pairings:
Ding Liren – Hikaru Nakamura
Richard Rapport – Teimour Radjabov
Fabiano Caruana – Alireza Firouzja
Jan-Krzysztof Duda – Ian Nepomniachtchi
Ding Liren – Hikaru Nakamura, R14 Candidates Chess 2022
All the eyes will be on the game between the Chinese grandmaster Ding Liren and the American Hikaru Nakamura. Nakamura is currently in sole second, having half a point lead over Ding Liren. Liren is in a must-win situation to reach the second position. Their 6th round encounter finished in a draw.
Replay the game – Hikaru Nakamura – Ding Liren 1/2-1/2, R6 Candidates Chess 2022
Richard Rapport – Teimour Radjabov, R14 Candidates Chess 2022
After a slow start, Teimour Radjabov leaped on the shared fourth place with 6.5 points, while Richard Rapport scores 5.5 points positioned in 6th place. With the last round victory, Radjabov could clinch bronze in the 2022 Candidates. The Round 6 game between the opponents was finished in a draw, as the Azerbaijani missed a huge chance in an endgame to play for a win.
Replay the game – Teimour Radjabov – Richard Rapport 1/2-1/2, R6 Candidates Chess 2022
Fabiano Caruana – Alireza Firouzja, R14 Candidates Chess 2022
Fabiano Caruana was the first chaser of Ian Nepomniachtchi most of the time. Caruana is out of chances for the second place, but he is in the race for the bronze. On the other hand, Alireza Firouzja bottoms the crosstable with 5 points. Firouzja and Caruana’s sixth round encounter ended with Fabi’s victory.
Replay the game – Alireza Firouzja – Fabiano Caruana 0-1, R6 Candidates Chess 2022
Jan-Krzysztof Duda – Ian Nepomniachtchi, R6 Candidates Chess 2022
Ian Nepomniachtchi won the FIDE Candidates Tournament with a round to spare, and he plays the last round of the event without any pressure. He was victorious in the sixth round game against Jan-Krzysztof Duda, who is now in a tie for the last position with 5 points.
Replay the game – Ian Nepomniachtchi – Jan-Krzysztof Duda 1-0, Candidates Chess 2022