Nepomniachtchi Wins FIDE Candidates Tournament

GM Ian Nepomniachtchi won the FIDE Candidates Tournament with a round to spare. The 30-year-old Russian grandmaster will now play GM Magnus Carlsen for the world championship in November.

While Nepomniachtchi drew his game with GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, his main rival GM Anish Giri lost to GM Alexander Grischuk. Even if Nepomniachtchi loses and Giri wins in the final round, the Russian GM would still win on the first tiebreak as he defeated Giri in the first round.

Virtually eliminated in round 12, GM Fabiano Caruana defeated GM Wang Hao with the black pieces. GM Ding Liren won a second game in a row, today against GM Kirill Alekseenko.