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The first game of the World Chess Crowning Match ends in a draw with Nepomniachtchi


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Astana, April 9 – The great Russian coach Ian Nepomnyashchy played a draw with the Chinese Ding Liren in the first match of the World Chess Crown Match, which takes place in Astana.
Nepomniachtchi played with the white pieces, and the match ended on the forty-ninth move. The score in the confrontation is 0.5: 0.5. The next match will take place on April 10, and the senior of the Russians will play the Lions.
Nepomniachtchi became a candidate for the chess crown after winning the Candidates Tournament in 2022. Since the Norwegian world champion Magnus Carlsen refused to defend his title, Nepomniachtchi’s opponent was Ding Liren, who finished second in the Candidates Tournament.
Nepomniachtchi is 32 years old, the Russian with 2795 points is the second in the FIDE rating, and Ding Liren is the third (2788). The Russian is the winner of the last two draws of the Candidates Tournament, in 2021 he lost in the match for the chess crown to Carlsen (3.5: 7.5).

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The winner of the match will be the player who gets at least 7.5 points first. A total of 14 games are planned using classic time control, and after every two games there is a rest day. In the event of a tie after 14 games, the winner will be decided by tiebreaker.
The value of the match prize is 2 million euros, distributed between the winner and the loser in a ratio of 60% to 40%, while if the champion is determined in a tiebreaker, he will receive 55% of the amount and the loser 45%.

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