Ian Nepomniachtchi is getting ready to challenge Magnus Carlsen at every aspect. Back in 2013 Carlsen made the symbolic kick-off at a Real Madrid game. Today Nepo followed suit with a symbolic kick-off in Spartak Moscow’s game.
Sergey Karjakin also opened a Spartak Moscow match before at the time he was a challenger. At that game Spartak Moscow defeated Rubin Kazan 2:1. Today, with Nepo’s ceremonial kick-off Spartak Moscow defeated with the same score 2:1 Khimki. Well done, chess players!