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Candidates 2022 R12: Radjabov dashes Ding Liren's hopes

by Shahid Ahmed - 02/07/2022

Ian Nepomniachtchi made a quick draw with Hikaru Nakamura to stretch his lead by two points. Teimour Radjabov brought Ding Liren's winning streak to a screeching halt. Thus, the World no.2's chances of reducing the gap is slim to none. Both Nakamura and Ding Liren are now at 6.5/12. They will face each other in the final round. So, only one of them has a mathematical chance to match the leader's score, provided Nepomniachtchi loses the last two games. Considering his form in this event, it is highly improbable that he will lose either. Today is a rest day. Round 13 starts tomorrow, Sunday 3rd July at 3 p.m. local time (6:30 p.m. IST). Photo: Steve Bonhage/FIDE

Nepomniachtchi on the verge of winning the Candidates

In case the world champion, Magnus Carlsen decides not to defend his title, the top two finishers of the Candidates will play the World Championship Match. Thus, the fight for the second spot is definitely going to be an exciting one.

Teimour Radjabov might have less number of victories in this event, however he picked up a crucial one | Photo: Steve Bonhage/FIDE

Ding Liren - Radjabov: 0-1

Ding Liren (CHN) played overcautiously against Teimour Radjabov (AZE). It resulted in the World no.2 making some superficial moves.

Position after 18.Rd2

White needed to cut his losses and drop the a3-pawn. 18.Ba1 Bxa3 19.0-0 and there is a lot to play here for White. Even 18.0-0 would have been fine too. 18.Rd2 Qc8 19.f3 became the beginning of the end for White. 19...Re8 20.Kf2 White's king is vulnerable at the center of the board, Qb8 21.Qc1 Rxe3! and now it's all over for White. Whether he accepts the sacrifice or declines it, the outcome remains the same.

Teimour Radjabov simply blows Ding Liren off the board in 26 moves | Video: ChessBase India

Teimour Radjabov scored his second win of the event | Photo: Steve Bonhage/FIDE

Duda - Firouzja: 0.5-0.5

Jan-Krzysztof Duda (POL) got a substantial advantage against Alireza Firozuja (FRA). However, he could not find a way to make the most out of it.

Position after 25...Nh5

26.Rf3 having the idea of creating a battery on the f-file seemed plausible. The game continued 26.Rd3 Qe7 27.Rf2 Be5 28.Qe2 Nf6 and eventually it liquidated into an opposite color bishop drawn endgame.

Both Duda-Firouzja encounters in this event ended in draws | Photo: Steve Bonhage/FIDE
Dear YouTube, I Lasted 7 Minutes! | Video: GMHikaru

Richard Rapport (HUN) - Fabiano Caruana (USA): 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Steve Bonhage/FIDE
FIDE Candidates Tournament 2022 Round 12 Live Commentary by IM Sagar Shah and Amruta Mokal | Video: ChessBase India

Replay Round 12 games

Round 12 results

182764GMRapport Richard½ - ½GMCaruana Fabiano27833
222806GMDing Liren0 - 1GMRadjabov Teimour27534
312750GMDuda Jan-Krzysztof½ - ½GMFirouzja Alireza27935
472766GMNepomniachtchi Ian½ - ½GMNakamura Hikaru27606

Round 13 pairings

172766GMNepomniachtchi IanGMRapport Richard27648
262760GMNakamura HikaruGMDuda Jan-Krzysztof27501
352793GMFirouzja AlirezaGMDing Liren28062
442753GMRadjabov TeimourGMCaruana Fabiano27833


Standings after Round 12

Rk.SNoNameFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
17GMNepomniachtchi IanFID27668,547,2550,0
26GMNakamura HikaruUSA27606,538,0030,0
32GMDing LirenCHN28066,536,7530,0
44GMRadjabov TeimourAZE27536,036,7520,0
53GMCaruana FabianoUSA27836,036,2530,0
68GMRapport RichardHUN27645,028,5011,5
71GMDuda Jan-KrzysztofPOL27505,028,5010,5
85GMFirouzja AlirezaFRA27934,525,0010,0



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