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Candidates 2022 R14: Nepomniachtchi remains unscathed, Ding Liren second

by Shahid Ahmed - 05/07/2022

Ian Nepomniachtchi completely decimated the field in the Candidates 2022. The last time someone won the Candidates by remaining undefeated was Vishy Anand in 2014. Nepomniachtchi played two Candidates in his career and he won both of them. His seconds were revealed in his instagram photo. They are - Peter Leko, Nikita Vitiugov and Ildar Khairullin. His timeless confidante, Vladimir Potkin and Evgeny Tomashevsky's names were also mentioned. Ding Liren defeated Nakamura to finish second 8/14. All four of his wins came in the second half of the tournament. Radjabov scored his third victory of the event to finish third 7.5/14, edging past Nakamura on tie-breaks. Photo: Steve Bonhage/FIDE

Dormammu, I have come to bargain

No, these words were not uttered by any chess player at the Candidates 2022, at least not to the common knowledge of the public. These are the words of Doctor Strange in the same titled movie to the antagonist, Dormammu. Ian Nepomniachtchi tweeted a gif image, referencing to his triumph at the Candidates and his shot at Magnus Carlsen's World title. Now whether the rematch takes place or not, only Magnus Carlsen and time can answer that.

Ian Nepomniachtchi wins his second Candidates tournament in-a-row with a round to spare | Photo: Steve Bonhage/FIDE

Rapport - Radjabov: 1-0

Richard Rapport's (HUN) imaginative attack on the kingside did not work out against Teimour Radjabov (AZE).

Position after 19.g5

19.g5 is interesting. Although a conventional approach 19.Nh4 followed by Nf5 probably would have been a safer choice. Rapport is known for his creative play which is what he did in the final round. 19...fxg5 20.Nxg5 hxg5 21.Rxg5 Qf6 22.Rag1 Bf8 things did not work out in White's favor as he did not have sufficient pieces to continue the attack. Black eventually won the game.

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

Caruana - Firouzja: 0-1

Fabiano Caruana (USA) suffered his fourth loss in the last seven games of the tournament. Alireza Firouzja (FRA) did not seize his first opportunity correctly, however he did not miss the second one.

Position after 37.f4

37...Bxf4 was the optimum way for Black to continue. 37...Rhxf4 was played, which is not bad either. It just delayed Black's win.

Position after 60.Ne4

60.Nf3 keeps White in the game. Find out the winning continuation for Black after 60.Ne4.

Firouzja finished the tournament on a high note | Photo: Steve Bonhage/FIDE

Ding Liren - Nakamura: 1-0

The game between Ding Liren (CHN) and Hikaru Nakamura (USA) seemed to have headed towards a draw until the latter made some inaccuracies in the endgame.

Position after 35...Bd8

35...Rd8 forces the exchange of rooks as White cannot avoid the trade due to the threat of Rd3. 35...Bd8 unnecessarily makes the position passive for Black. A few more inaccuracies turned things completely in White's favor.

Ding Liren the Boss! | Video: ChessBase India
Dear YouTube, I Cared Too Much | Video: GMHikaru

A last round loss cost Nakamura a podium finish | Photo: Steve Bonhage/FIDE

Jan-Krzysztof Duda (POL) - Ian Nepomniachtchi: 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Steve Bonhage/FIDE

The playing arena at the Palace de Santona in Madrid, Spain | Photo: Steve Bonhage/FIDE

Actor Alberto Tomé made the inaugural first move on Rapport-Radjabov's board | Photo: Steve Bonhage/FIDE

The legend Vishy Anand made the first move of the final round on Caruana-Firouzja's board | Photo: Steve Bonhage/FIDE

Candidates 2022 trophy | Photo: Steve Bonhage/FIDE

Magnus Carlsen's coach and arguably the most successful chess coach of all time, Peter Heine Nielsen congratulated Nepomniachtchi

Ian Nepomniachtchi made an interesting tweet. It is a clip from the Doctor Strange movie which is my favorite MCU movie. Now we all know how the scene played out. If we take the clip at the face value, it is apt considering Nepomniachtchi is attempting to beat Carlsen in his second attempt. However, if we consider the rest of the scene and the movie, we know that it took countless or infinite attempt for Strange to defeat Dormammu. The exact number is not revealed and it is open to interpretation.

When it comes to achieving a goal against an extremely difficult opponent, the scene 'How many seconds in eternity' from the 'Heaven Sent' episode of Doctor Who comes to mind. Whovians would certainly be familiar with this scene and episode, which is arguably one of the best scenes and episode of the cult-classic series.

Steven Moffat perhaps wrote one of the best iconic scene of the legendary Doctor Who series | Video: Doctor Who

One of his seconds, GM Nikita Vitiugov tweeted

FIDE Candidates Tournament 2022 Round 14 Live Commentary by IM Sagar Shah and Amruta Mokal | Video: ChessBase India

Replay Round 14 games

Round 14 results

182764GMRapport Richard0 - 1GMRadjabov Teimour27534
232783GMCaruana Fabiano0 - 1GMFirouzja Alireza27935
322806GMDing Liren1 - 0GMNakamura Hikaru27606
412750GMDuda Jan-Krzysztof½ - ½GMNepomniachtchi Ian27667


Final standings after Round 14

Rk.SNoNameFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
17GMNepomniachtchi IanFID27669,562,0050,0
22GMDing LirenCHN28068,052,0040,0
34GMRadjabov TeimourAZE27537,552,0030,0
46GMNakamura HikaruUSA27607,550,2540,0
53GMCaruana FabianoUSA27836,546,5030,0
65GMFirouzja AlirezaFRA27936,039,5020,0
71GMDuda Jan-KrzysztofPOL27505,538,5010,0
88GMRapport RichardHUN27645,537,7510,0



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