National Elephant Candidate Competition: In the final battle, Rick Nakamura won the runner-up, Ding Liren created the best result of Chinese chess players

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National Elephant Candidate Competition: In the final battle, Rick Nakamura won the runner-up, Ding Liren created the best result of Chinese chess players

2022-07-05 17:40:01Source: Xinhuanet

Xinhua News Agency, Beijing, July 5th. According to FIDE, the 2022 FIDE World Championship Candidates Tournament held in Madrid, Spain ended on the 5th Beijing time. Chinese star Ding Liren played against American chess player Hikaru Mura in the round. In the hedging battle, he defeated his opponent and won the runner-up with 8 points. This is the best result in the history of Chinese chess players in this event.

A total of 8 top chess players in the world will compete in a double round-robin round of 14 rounds in Madrid, and the final winner will qualify for a match against the world chess champion. In the 13th round, Nepomniacki has won the candidate competition one round ahead of schedule, Nakamura Hikari ranked second with 7.5 points, Ding Liren ranked third with 7 points, and the final round of the two will directly decide the second. attribution of name.

In this round, Ding Liren started with white first and then the pawns. At the beginning, Nakamura Hikaru successfully won a tie. After entering the middle and end game, Ding Liren deliberately avoided simplifying and prolonging the battle, and gradually put pressure on his opponent. In the 35th round, Hikaru Nakamura made a mistake under pressure. Ding Liren’s carts, horses and elephants coordinated and did not give Nakamura a chance. In the 58th round, Nakamura stopped the clock and admitted the defeat.

This is the third time that Ding Liren has participated in the World Championship Candidate Competition, and it is also the third time that a Chinese male chess player has hit the peak of the national elephant. In this match, Ding Liren lost to Nepomniacki at a disadvantage, then went through seven consecutive draws, then withstood the pressure and won four of the last six rounds, including one three-game winning streak. With the victory in the final game, Ding Liren, who won the fourth and fifth place in the first two times, finally won the runner-up with 4 wins, 8 and 2 losses with 8 points, creating the best result in the candidate competition between individuals and Chinese players. .

In other matches in this round, Azerbaijani player Rajapov defeated Hungarian player Laporte, and French player Ferroja defeated American player Caruana. With Nepomnia Qiyi and Polish chess player Duda, he won the league championship with a score of 9.5 points unbeaten in 14 rounds, and once again got the right to challenge.

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