Ian Nepomniachtchi won Jerusalem Grand Prix after defeating Wei Yi 1,5-0,5 in the final match. This victory put him on the second place in the overall Grand Prix standings behind Alexander Grischuk. It means that for the first time in his career, Ian Nepomniachtchi has qualified for the Candidates Tournament.
“It’s a very big moment in my career. The run is still on and it’s a bit difficult because I’m tired after this year and probably there will be no rest as I need to prepare for the Candidates right now,” commented the winner.
Speaking about his chances in Yekaterinburg 2020, Nepomniachtchi said: ”First of all, I should play better than here if I want to have chances. It’s good that I had experience playing in Grand Chess Tour with a similar field including Caruana and others. I’ll try to show the best chess I’m capable of.”