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Candidates 2022 R7: Fabulous Fabiano showcases fantastic technique

by Shahid Ahmed - 26/06/2022

Fabiano Caruana is a thinking man's favorite to win Candidates 2022 for many reasons. If someone is not able to find any, they need to take a look at his seventh round win against Teimour Radjabov. He got an advantage, ensured his opponent does not get any opportunity to make a comeback. Then in time trouble, he showed a fantastic technique to win the game. Ian Nepomniachtchi won the other decisive game of the round without breaking much of a sweat. His opponent Richard Rapport declined repetition twice and gifted his opponent a present he was not expecting. Round 8 starts today at 3 p.m. local time, 6:30 p.m. IST. Photo: Steve Bonhage/FIDE

Rapport gifts a point

Richard Rapport had six consecutive draws at the Candidates 2022. That is highly unusual for him, considering he plays creatively and has decisive result most of the time. That definitely played a key role in declining repetition twice under 25 moves. He wanted to win and there would not have been a bigger win at this stage than against Nepomniachtchi. Sometimes the burning desire to win can cost you the game, that is exactly what happened with the Hungary no.1.

Fabiano Caruana is a World Class player for a reason | Photo: Steve Bonhage/FIDE

Rapport - Nepomniachtchi: 0-1

Richard Rapport (HUN) made a bold decision to refuse threefold repetition twice against Ian Nepomniachtchi.

Position after 19.f3

19.Kg1 would have forced a repetition. The Hungarian was not in a mood to draw. So he opted for 19.f3 Qd3. White still could have achieved the same 20.Kg2 Qg6+ 21.Kh1 Qd3 22.Kg2 and the result would be no different. Once again, the Hungarian denied himself a guaranteed half point and played 22.Nd2. The former World Championship Challenger is not going to decline a gift. He played 22...Qd7 and trapped the queen. White had two rooks for a queen. However, it was not enough for him to save the day.

Nepo and Petroff - a love story for the ages | Video: ChessBase India

Richard Rapport suffered his first loss of the event after six draws | Photo: Steve Bonhage/FIDE

Vidit Gujrathi predicted the outcome of the match correctly

Anish Giri tweeted a gif from a famous scene in Spider-Man 2 when the superhero character was portrayed by Tobey Maguire

Jan-Krzysztof Duda (POL) - Hikaru Nakamura (USA): 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Steve Bonhage/FIDE

Hikaru Nakamura mentioned in his recap video that Jan-Krzysztof Duda said his first move to be 1.d4. However, Norway Chess organizer, Benedict Westre Skog misheard 1.e4 as she is seen making the ceremonial first move in the above photo. Well, it often happens, both players shared a light moment a minute before the game started.

The Duda Doesn't Abide | Video: GMHikaru

Ding Liren (CHN) - Alireza Firouzja (FRA): 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Steve Bonhage/FIDE

Caruana - Radjabov: 1-0

Fabiano Caruana (USA) showed immaculate technique in converting his advantage against Teimour Radjabov (AZE). It is not a surprise that Radjabov has not won a Classical game since winning the World Cup 2019. Then he comes up with 2...a6 against the former World Championship Challenger. Only him and his seconds can justify that choice, which was supposed to surprise his opponent. There is a good reason why 2...a6 is not seen commonly at the top level of chess.

Position after 29...f6

29...f6 created a hole on the kingside. Caruana found a very interesting way to make the most out of his advantage. Try to find it.

Vidit appreciated Caruana's play

Radjabov stood no chance against Caruana | Photo: Steve Bonhage/FIDE
FIDE Candidates Tournament 2022 Round 7 Live Commentary by IM Sagar Shah, Amruta Mokal and GM Avetik Grigoryan | Video: ChessBase India

Replay Round 7 games

Round 7 results

182764GMRapport Richard0 - 1GMNepomniachtchi Ian27667
212750GMDuda Jan-Krzysztof½ - ½GMNakamura Hikaru27606
322806GMDing Liren½ - ½GMFirouzja Alireza27935
432783GMCaruana Fabiano1 - 0GMRadjabov Teimour27534

Round 8 pairings

182764GMRapport RichardGMDuda Jan-Krzysztof27501
272766GMNepomniachtchi IanGMDing Liren28062
362760GMNakamura HikaruGMCaruana Fabiano27833
452793GMFirouzja AlirezaGMRadjabov Teimour27534


Standings after Round 7

Rk.SNoNameFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
17GMNepomniachtchi IanFID27665,517,0040,0
23GMCaruana FabianoUSA27835,015,7530,0
36GMNakamura HikaruUSA27603,511,0010,0
41GMDuda Jan-KrzysztofPOL27503,09,7501,0
2GMDing LirenCHN28063,09,7501,0
8GMRapport RichardHUN27643,09,7501,0
74GMRadjabov TeimourAZE27532,58,5000,0
85GMFirouzja AlirezaFRA27932,57,5000,0



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