Russian grandmaster Ian Nepomniachtchi drew the round 13 game against Richard Rapport and secured the trophy at the 2022 FIDE Candidates Chess Tournament with a round to spare! Nepomniachtchi is the second player ever who managed to win the Candidates Tournament two consecutive times, repeating Vasily Smyslov’s feast from 1956.
Ian Nepomniachtchi will again challenge Magnus Carlsen for the World Championship title in 2023, if Magnus decides to compete in the World Chess Championship Match. Carlsen was mysterious about his decision, while GM Johan-Sebastian Christiansen published a photo of Team Carlsen chess trainings.
Read more: Behind the scenes – Carlsen and his team prepare for the World Championship Match
Throwback: Carlsen – Nepomniachtchi 2021
Featured photo: FIDE/Stev Bonhage